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Anger and Angry People

Thomas Harrington suggests that maybe it’s time for liberals and progressives to unlearn what they have been teaching about expressing anger against social injustice: “If you poke around a bit in the emerging body of literature on the Occupy Wall Street movement, you will find that one of the more oft-repeated elements of advice from well-wishers concerns the need to avoid being, or even appearing, overtly angry. Continue reading




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Messages from the Occupy Wall Street Protest




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Con-Dem-Nation and the Attack on Academic Cultures Liz Morrish offers critical insights into the language of the neoliberal academy—audit culture, enterprising academics, and student consumers—and considers the implications of such language for undercutting the traditional autonomy of academics within the … Continue reading




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Is Occupy Oakland Undermining Its Own Message with Violence? The voices of 10,000 non-violent protesters in Oakland, California, were heard across the city on November 2, despite vandalism committed by a small group of people later that night.  Occupy Oakland … Continue reading




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End America, Inc.: Support Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement

by Beverly Bandler
Something fundamental, something of vital importance has been going on in the United States—we’ve all been aware of it, confused as well as overwhelmed and frustrated by it. The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protests are calling us “99 percent” to wake up, face it and act.




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Spurning the “Disembedded Market”: Occupy Movement Rejects Commodification of Everything Janice Harvey, drawing on Karl Polanyi’s 1944 classic The Great Transformation, suggests that the Occupy Wall Street/Occupy Everywhere movement is a predictable reaction to a destructive market logic that seeks … Continue reading




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A Master Class in Occupation Chris Hedges discusses a conversation he has with an Occupy Wall Street activist about the evolving movement and its inclusiveness. Hedges describes the middle-class youth as an “interlocutor,” one among several of the Occupying “revolutionists … Continue reading




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Rebuilding the University: From the Innovation Economy to Craft Society

Christopher Newfield

Christopher Newfield, author of Unmaking the University: The Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class, poses the question: Why is the university system in crisis? A central reason is the financial pressure put on colleges and universities by the “innovation economy,” pressure which has led to rising student debt, less personalized instruction, and growing research funding deficits.




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Occupy Wall Street Marks the Latest Street Action against Capitalism Ben Agger illuminates connections between the OWS movement and “historical models of ground-up social change and civic activism,” from the civil rights movement to the women’s movement to anarcho-syndicalism. Understanding … Continue reading




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Youth Movement in a Culture of Hopelessness Henry Giroux in an interview with Al Jazeera English discusses the Wall Street protests in terms of why young people around the world, “a whole generation that now is being pushed into the … Continue reading




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