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Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America

The first book to explore the Occupy movement in depth, with reportage and analysis.

In the fall of 2011, a small protest camp in downtown Manhattan exploded into a global uprising, sparked in part by the violent overreactions of the police. An unofficial record of this movement, Occupy! combines adrenalin-fueled first-hand accounts of the early days and weeks of Occupy Wall Street with contentious debates and thoughtful reflections, featuring the editors and writers of the celebrated n+1, as well as some of the world’s leading radical thinkers, such as Slavoj Žižek, Angela Davis, and Rebecca Solnit.

The book conveys the intense excitement of those present at the birth of a counterculture, while providing the movement with a serious platform for debating goals, demands, and tactics. Articles address the history of the “horizontalist” structure at OWS; how to keep a live-in going when there is a giant mountain of laundry building up; how very rich the very rich have become; the messages and meaning of the “We are the 99%” tumblr website; occupations in Oakland, Boston, Atlanta, and elsewhere; what happens next; and much more.

With contributions by Judith Butler, Angela Y. Davis, Jodi Dean, Celeste Dupuy-Spencer, Zoltán Glück, Elizabeth Gumport, Doug Henwood, Christopher Herring, L.A. Kauffman, Svetlana Kitto, Kung Li, Audrea Lim, Manissa Maharawal, Thomas Paine, Marco Roth, Marina Sitrin, Rebecca Solnit, Stephen Squibb, Sunaura Taylor, Alex S. Vitale, and Slavoj Žižek

Reviews

  • Occupy! abounds with insights on how the occupiers have dealt with internal challenges to their experiment in direct democracy.”
  • “Both analytical and full of vivid experience... These blog-style pieces are interspersed with more substantive writings, which are the true strength of the collection... but most interesting are those by lesser-known writers who bring us vivid historical analyses of various aspects of the occupations.”
  • “Unlike most quickie publications, the book is gorgeous, a testament to beautiful book design...the essays are thoughtful pieces of first-person reportage. [A] clear-eyed and sober examination of the dream world that we created this fall, along with a few brief, tentative explorations of what it will become in the future. It's also an excellent proof-of-concept for speedily published book-length journalism that does work blogs and newspapers simply can't do. This is not some dashed-off smear of a money-making scheme; I recommend it heartily.”
  • “A heart warming anthology of the voices involved in this surprising grass roots movement.”
  • Occupy!, an anthology from the occasional Occupy Gazette published by n+1, includes…a lovely piece on the difficulties of organising an occupation’s laundry, which works as a handy metaphor for some of the movement’s larger challenges.”

Blog

  • On Living in Dishonest Times

    Mark Greif (founder and Editor of the journal n+1) visited the RSA to mark the publication of Against Everything - a brilliant collection of essays critiquing everyday life under twenty-first-century capitalism.

    In his speech (reproduced here) he explores the philosophical and political arguments laid out in
    ‘Gut-Level Legislation, or Redistribution’, which touches on thoughts on a universal citizen’s income, poverty, property and ‘morally relevant inequality’.

    Against Everything: On Dishonest Times is 40% off until Sunday October 30th (midnight UTC). It includes free shipping (worldwide) and bundled ebook. This book is not available in North America.


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  • The Courage of Nuit Debout

    This letter was first published in Le Monde. Translated by David Broder.


    (via Wikimedia Commons)

    As a rule, crises open up the terrain of the possible, and the crisis that began in 2007 with the collapse of the subprime market is no exception. The political forces that upheld the old world are now decomposing — first among them social democracy, which has since 2012 entered a new phase in its long process of accommodation to the existing order. As against these forces, the National Front has diverted part of the anger in society to its own advantage. It has adopted the pretense of an anti-systemic stance, even though it challenges nothing about this system, and least of all the law of the market. 

    Such is the context in which Nuit Debout was born — a movement that now marks the first month of its existence. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall the opposition to neoliberalism has taken various different forms: the “Bolivarian” governments in Latin America in the 2000s, the “Arab Spring,” Occupy Wall Street, the Spanish indignados, Syriza in Greece, the Corbyn and Sanders campaigns in Britain and the USA…. Future historians delving into our era will doubtless say that it was particularly rich in social and political movements.

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  • A reading list on International Worker's Day

    May 1st marks International Workers' Day, a festival of working-class self-organization stretching back over 130 years. It was originally inaugurated to commemorate the Haymarket Massacre of 1886 in Chicago, where a bomb thrown during a worker's strike kicked off a period of anti-labor hysteria.

    In 1890, the first internationally coordinated demonstration for an 8-hour day was held, in commemoration of those killed in the massacre. Eight anarchists were executed on trumped-up charges after the event. We present the following reading list:

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Other books Edited by Carla Blumenkranz, Keith Gessen, Mark Greif, Sarah Leonard, Sarah Resnick, Nikil Saval, Eli Schmitt, and Astra Taylor

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    Against Everything

    A brilliant collection of essays from one of the most highly acclaimed young writers in the US

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