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Some Thoughts on the „Occupy…“ Phenomenon

Not necessarily our own, but here are some thoughts from some people who have had the time and peace of mind to articulate some of what one might want to say.

Very briefly summarized though: It needs to step away from the very damaging anti-political stance (explained very well in the WSM article) and develop at least a minimal coherence. They also should do well to examine the socioeconomic makeup of their participants and think about if a group of overwhelmingly white middle/upper class white people should be calling themselves „99%“ of society. And of course, as long as it remains basically a prolonged campout, it will never be nearly as interesting as what is happening in Greece, where the state faces resistance from a broad spectrum of social groups and organizing forms, from the „indignants/occupy“ to labor action, to marginalized sectors of society. Not to mention of course the very important and in the occupy „movement“ completely absent industrial and workplace action in the form of strikes. In that regard, you can see that again very interesting things have been happening the last few days in Greece by way of strikes and occupations. Tomorrow begins the next general strike…it should be a very interesting week.

This should of course not at all mean that the „Occupy“ phenomenon is to be written off. Anytime people organize and take to the streets to express their discontent with the status quo is at the very least positive in that it represents an opportunity to engage with people and hopefully move the „movement“ in a more radical direction.

Some interesting suggested reading…

-Politics averted: thoughts on the ‚Occupy X‘ movement: Written by the anarcho-communist Workers Solidarity Movement (Ireland). Highly suggested!

-Dear Occupiers: A Letter from Anarchists
: Short, concise, and to the point letter from the Crimethinc collective to the „Occupy“ movement.

Crimethincs Latest Book… „Work: Capitalism. Economics. Resistance“

Its difficult and probably unwise to summarize or review a book one hasnt read, but well give it a shot anyway. „Work: Capitalism. Economics. Resistance“ is the latest production of the Crimethinc Ex-Workers Collective. This means chances are that you will find it inspiring and groundbreaking, or scandalous and insulting. Or possibly both. Whatever the case may be, it will very likely be interesting. Whatever the case, it is definitely refreshing to see Crimethinc tackle the issues of work and economics so squarely, laying once and for all to rest the absurd concept of escaping this totality through individual actions (which they will claim they never argued for, possibly correctly, yet the fact remains that they were often interpreted this way). The book opens by presenting us with the view of our lives as occupied territory. „Our lives are occupied territory. Who controls the resources in your community, who shapes your neighborhood and the landscape around it, who sets your schedule day by day and month by month?“

In usual Crimethinc fashion, this 368 page long book is very well laid out, profusely illustrated, and filled with possibly cliched but nevertheless inspiring snippets and quotes. You can see the table of contents as well as more images by following this link.

Finally, here is what people who have not only read it, but indeed even wrote it themselves, have to say about it:

„After so much technological progress, why do we have to work more than ever before? How is it that the harder we work, the poorer we end up compared to our bosses? When the economy crashes, why do people focus on protecting their jobs when no one likes working in the first place? Can capitalism survive another century of crises?

Our newest book, entitled Work, addresses these questions and a great many more. To answer them, we had to revisit our previous analysis of employment and develop a more nuanced understanding of the economy. We spent months studying obscure history and comparing notes about how we experience exploitation in our daily lives, slowly hammering out a grand unified theory of contemporary capitalism.

In addition to distilling our findings in this book, we’ve also prepared a poster to diagram the system it describes. The poster is based on the classic illustration of the pyramid of the capitalist system published in the Industrial Worker in 1911. With the assistance of Packard Jennings, we’ve created a new version, much more detailed than the original and updated to account for all the transformations of the past one hundred years.

In combination, the book and poster explore the positions we occupy within this pyramid and the mechanics that maintain it. From the industrial revolution to the internet, from the colonization of the Americas to the explosion of the service sector and the stock market, from the 2008 financial crisis to the upheavals taking place right now across the globe, Work offers an overview of how capitalism functions in the 21st century and what we can do to get beyond it.“

Rolling Thunder, „An Anarchist Journal of Dangerous Living“ Nr. 9

Rolling Thunder is probably one of the finest English language anarchist publications existing in the world today (and its a convinced anarcho-communist and ex-NEFAC member saying this, so you know these arent words to take lightly!), so its always with great excitement that we greet new issues of it. In terms of content, it is arguably the best around. And in terms of layout and general „attractiveness“ no other publication even comes close.

In this issue you will find the following:

How important is legitimacy—in our own eyes, in the eyes of potential allies, in the eyes of the public? How can anarchists cultivate it? What pitfalls does it hold? Rolling Thunder #9 explores these questions while reporting on the past six months of upheavals around the US. Following up on our coverage of the 2008 convention protests, this issue assesses anarchist action at the 2009 G20 summit, mapping conflict throughout the city and analyzing the strategies of the police and protesters. The accompanying Pittsburgh scene report examines the decade of local organizing that prepared the ground for this and other confrontations. Elsewhere herein, we scrutinize protest and resistance on campus—from the recent occupation movement to efforts to shut down fascist student organizations—and overseas in the Smash EDO campaign. All this, plus obscure Russian history, a reappraisal of the concept of “free speech,” and the usual stunning prose. No advertisements; 16 full-color pages.

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