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The Guardian has post a the transcript of a discussion that took place earlier this year between Noam Chomsky and Occupy supporters Mikal Kamil and Ian Escuela for InterOccupy.

This is the intro. It is well worth your time., Monday 30 April 2012

Coverage of Occupy has been mixed. At first it was dismissive, making fun of people involved as if they were just silly kids playing games and so on. But coverage changed. In fact, one of the really remarkable and almost spectacular successes of the Occupy movement is that it has simply changed the entire framework of discussion of many issues. There were things that were sort of known, but in the margins, hidden, which are now right up front – such as the imagery of the 99% and 1%; and the dramatic facts of sharply rising inequality over the past roughly 30 years, with wealth being concentrated in actually a small fraction of 1% of the population.

For the majority, real incomes have pretty much stagnated, sometimes declined. Benefits have also declined and work hours have gone up, and so on. It’s not third world misery, but it’s not what it ought to be in a rich society, the richest in the world, in fact, with plenty of wealth around, which people can see, just not in their pockets.

My part of Oakland is full of poor people. There’s at least one murder a week. Old creeps pimp out teenaged girls in broad daylight. You can buy crack or heroin 30 feet from my door, and two of my neighbors have been held up at gun point this summer.And the City of Oakland says they don’t have the police to stop any of that.But a bunch of people protesting the fact that rich people got a bail out and everyone else got nothing? The city shuts them down tight. Bang. Done. Riot act.Do you ever get the feeling you’ve bean cheated? I do. Every day.

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The protesters should beware not only of enemies, but also of false friends who pretend to support them but are already working hard to dilute the protest. In the same way we get coffee without caffeine, beer without alcohol, ice-cream without fat, those in power will try to make the protests into a harmless moralistic gesture.

In boxing, to clinch means to hold the opponent’s body with one or both arms in order to prevent or hinder punches. Bill Clinton’s reaction to the Wall Street protests is a perfect case of political clinching. Clinton thinks that the protests are “on balance … a positive thing”, but he is worried about the nebulousness of the cause: “They need to be for something specific, and not just against something because if you’re just against something, someone else will fill the vacuum you create,” he said. Clinton suggested the protesters get behind President Obama’s jobs plan, which he claimed would create “a couple million jobs in the next year and a half”.

What one should resist at this stage is precisely such a quick translation of the energy of the protest into a set of concrete pragmatic demands. Yes, the protests did create a vacuum – a vacuum in the field of hegemonic ideology, and time is needed to fill this vacuum in a proper way, as it is a pregnant vacuum, an opening for the truly new.

The reason protesters went out is that they had enough of the world where recycling your Coke cans, giving a couple of dollars to charity, or buying a cappuccino where 1% goes towards developing world troubles, is enough to make them feel good. After outsourcing work and torture, after the marriage agencies started to outsource even our dating, they saw that for a long time they were also allowing their political engagements to be outsourced – and they want them back.

The art of politics is also to insist on a particular demand that, while thoroughly “realist”, disturbs the very core of the hegemonic ideology: ie one that, while definitely feasible and legitimate, is de facto impossible (universal healthcare in the US was such a case). In the aftermath of the Wall Street protests, we should definitely mobilise people to make such demands – however, it is no less important to simultaneously remain subtracted from the pragmatic field of negotiations and “realist” proposals.

What one should always bear in mind is that any debate here and now necessarily remains a debate on enemy’s turf; time is needed to deploy the new content. All we say now can be taken from us – everything except our silence. This silence, this rejection of dialogue, of all forms of clinching, is our “terror”, ominous and threatening as it should be.

- Slavoj Žižek, Occupy First. Demands Come Later

Using silence as ju jitsu, countering the weaponry of words with non-words, with the simple act of occupation. And working the silence to remain free of those that would have Occupy become a nail in Obama’s election platform.

As Žižek says, Occupy is fighting on the enemy’s turf, including the war of words in the media, which is not a balanced world for public discourse. The only way to win at that game is to not play at all: to remain silent, and use that vacuum as a tool of terror.

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amen to that

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How to Cook a Peaceful Revolution

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Version 1.0 “How to cook a peaceful revolution”. By Spanish rEvolution

The Intro:

All of us, to a greater or lesser extent, dream about changing the world, but we always end up abandoning that dream when we think that we are unable to do anything alone. In Spanish rEvolution we are pursuing that dream tirelessly and we are convinced that all together, as one, we can make it happen. But we are also aware that any individual can only change their immediate environment and the world is vast. So we decided to create this document to help all those with the same dream as us to organise, mobilise, develop and create, so that we can change the world together.

This document is intended as a DIY kit and captures everything we have learned since the Spanish rEvolution was born; from organisation and assembly systems, through to forms of network dissemination, what to do when charged by the police, activities that we are developing, links with other international rEvolutions, how to be a non-violent and horizontal movement, etc…


  • To serve as a guide for creating a system of organisation similar to the Spanish rEvolution
  • To give advice and useful information on how to set up a camp
  • To explain how the assembly system works
  • To inspire action through knowledge of different actions carried out in different countries
  • To report experiences and situations that could be avoided We hope this document will be useful. For further information, do not hesitate to contact the Spanish rEvolution World Extension Team Committee.

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Link to English Version .pdf text is available in many languages.

Mark Cuban on Taxing Wall Street

Tax the Hell Out of Wall Street; Give it to Main Street

Sep 30th 2008 9:02AM

Tax every single share of stock that is bought and sold 10 cents per transaction. One dime. If you buy a share of stock, your brokerage pays a 10c tax. If you sell a share, your brokerage pays a 10c tax. 1 share, 100 million shares. Its 10 cents per share.

Of course the tax will be paid for by those of us who are buying and selling stocks. So what. Here is the reality. If you are a true investor. Someone who wants to own a share of stock in a company you believe in, then its an amount that is not going to impact your investment decision making process.

If you are a professional trader or an institutional trader that trades continuously, then it may impact your decision making process, but only to the point of reducing your returns by a minimal amount. Its not going to change your inclination to trade. If you make 9.9pct instead of 10pct, you aren’t going to stop trading.

Whats the economic impact ?

If the NYSE, Nasdaq, Amex and OTC are trading 2 Billion shares a day, thats $ 200 Million Dollars PER DAY. If there are 260 trading days a year. Thats about 52 Billion dollars a year.

Thats real money.

Of course there has to be some fine print. You could reduce the tax per share for stocks under $5 dollars to 5cents. But i would leave it at 5cents even for stocks priced at pennies per share or less. This tax would act as a protection for investors and traders who get pitched unregulated penny stocks and who are more often than not the victims of rip off artists.

Sign Reads:

I am a husband, a college graduate,

I pay my student loans, Iam

a home owner, a gun owner,

a small business owner. I work for

and depend on small businesses to

be successful, to make a living.

Corporations OUT

of Government

& REAL Representation

for The People


3:30 PM October 15th 2011, Seattle - people marched and then occupied the street in front of Chase Manhattan Bank on fourth avenue, it was a full spectrum of people, they were all very happy to come together and voice their dissatisfaction collectively; needless to say they are unhappy with the status quo.

photo by tsparks


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From Tahrir to Toronto: it’s time to occupy the world!

By Nadim Fetaih On October 15, 2011

It is time to occupy the world. We are the masses. We are the power. We have glimpses of what we want. We need only have the courage to fight for it.


Saturday Global Day of Action - Seattle

Seattle, WA Sat Oct 15th 2011 Added on Sat Oct 15th 2011, 2:37am UTC


Global Day of Action

10:00am October 2011 at Chase on 5th and Union

*****12:00pm Global Day of Action Rally!******

12:00pm-8:00pm Occupy Seattle ZOMBIE style!


2:00-3:00pm Virgin Island Performing

2:00pm-8:00pm Burlesque Occupy Seattle Support

3:00pm March to Chase Bank

3:00-4:00pm Hendrick Performing

4:00-5:00pm The People Now Performing

5:00pm Tent Raising Ceremony for Night of 500 Tents

6:30pm General Assembly

A member of the Occupy Boston movement holds a sign outside their encampment in Boston, Massachusetts October 12, 2011. REUTERS/Brian Snyde




Jamarhl Crawford @Occupy Boston 10/12/11 pt. I

Great speech. Spread the word. He’s speaking like one of Europe’s last greatest spirits in leadership - Vaclav Havel, the author, friend of Lou Reed and first Czech president, who once said in the early 1990s, that he’s looking at Turkey with the eyes of a Kurd, on China with the eyes of a Tibetan and on the US with the eyes of an Afroamerican lifelong Ghettofreak - on Canada perhaps as one of the tribes of “First Nation’s people”  - and -  I dare say - I’m looking at Germany with the eyes of an Afghan, who once liked that culture and even admired and embraced that culture. 

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