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#TheoryThursday: COGNITARIAT RISE UP! | OccupyWallSt.org

#TheoryThursday: COGNITARIAT RISE UP! | OccupyWallSt.org | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Ed.Note: A frequent question to the team of the Occupy Solidarity Network is, “Why are you still here? Isn’t Occupy over?” The response is that we carry a moral responsibility
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, February 22, 7:01 AM

This is a great article about how to move important challenges to the status quo forward and introduce new ideas that need to be heard and perhaps implemented.

Here is look behind the what is in the thoughts of those most serious about shaping and being part of changes that really need to happen.

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From Occupy to Climate Justice: Merging Economic Justice and Climate Activism

From Occupy to Climate Justice: Merging Economic Justice and Climate Activism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It’s an odd thing, really. in certain precincts of the left, especially across a broad spectrum of what could be called the economic left, our (by which I mean humanity’s) accelerating trajectory toward the climate cliff is little more popular as a topic than it is on the right. In fact, possibly less so. (Plenty of right-wingers love to talk about climate change, if only to deny its grim and urgent scientific reality. On the left, to say nothing of the center, denial takes different forms.)

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A Conversation with Scott Crow, Part 1: Occupy & Activism | MyFDL

A Conversation with Scott Crow, Part 1: Occupy & Activism | MyFDL | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Scott Crow is a co-founder of the Common Ground Collective which provided grassroots solidarity and mutual aid after Hurricane Katrina. An anarchist activist, author and public speaker, he travels regularly to share his views.
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The Zeitgeist of Tahrir and Occupy - Truth-Out

The Zeitgeist of Tahrir and Occupy - Truth-Out | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

On January 25, 2011, Egyptians shocked the world and themselves when tens of thousands besieged Tahrir (Liberation) Square in Cairo until Hosni Mubarak astonishingly resigned his 30-year rule on February 11. Nonplused, the demonstrators did not know how to follow through.

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Occupy Wall Street leader now works for Google, wants to crowdfund a private militia

Occupy Wall Street leader now works for Google, wants to crowdfund a private militia | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Remember Justine Tunney? The OWS-anarchist-turned-cultist-Google-employee who bashed my reporting on Google’s for-profit surveillance? Well, today she hit the big time.

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Heathwood Press » Hierarchy or Horizontalism? – Critics of Occupy

Heathwood Press » Hierarchy or Horizontalism? – Critics of Occupy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The cycle of struggle which opened in 2011 has had numerous critics. A frequent target has been Occupy’s commitment to ‘horizontalism’ and direct democracy. Voices from the traditional left and from present-day critical theory declare that horizontalism is (at best) limited in its application or (at worst) incoherent. Our essay indicates a line of thought which allows such voices to be stilled.

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Interview with David Graeber - Occupy Wallstreet Movement

"We don't go out on the streets because the police will beat us up". The Antrhopologist and Anarchist David Graeber talks about the Occupy Wallstreet Movement, police brutality and the ingredients of a successfull rebellion. Interview by Jonas Schreijäg; Camera: J.C. Balarezo, Wolfgang Weismann

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Theory Thursday: It Is Not a Revolution, It Is a New Networked Renaissance | OccupyWallSt.org

Theory Thursday: It Is Not a Revolution, It Is a New Networked Renaissance | OccupyWallSt.org | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
"We were very pleased to promote the response to the State of the Union from Kshama Sawant on Tuesday evening. One of the most important values of the Occupy Solidarity
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The Indignados in the Spanish and Greek Press | Euro Crisis in the ...

The Indignados in the Spanish and Greek Press | Euro Crisis in the ... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A comparative study of the press coverage of the Indignados and Aganaktismenoi in the Spanish and Greek press illustrates a favourable coverage of the movement.
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How Occupy Wall Street Won In One Chart - Business Insider

How Occupy Wall Street Won In One Chart - Business Insider | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Agree or disagree with the aims and means of Occupy Wall Street, but the movement changed the way we think about our world forever.

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Michel Bauwens - Contact Summit - New York City - YouTube

Michel Bauwens of the P2P Foundation speaks at the Contact Summit hosted by Douglas Rushkoff and held at the Angel Orensanz Foundation on October 20, 2011 in...
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Daily Kos: An Open Letter to The Occupy Wall Street Movement: You Were Right All Along

Daily Kos: An Open Letter to The Occupy Wall Street Movement: You Were Right All Along | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There is a vast total-information-awareness surveillance network made up of global corporations and subservient (captured) governments engaging in the systematic infiltration and suppression of social justice activist groups. Their main method of control is the implementation of divide-and-conquer strategies.  When it comes to activists, their approach is to apply these strategies to what they have defined as four distinct groups: Radicals, who see the system as corrupt are marginalized and discredited with character assassination techniques.  Realists, who can be convinced that real change is not possible.  Idealists, who can be convinced (through propaganda) that they have the facts wrong.  And Opportunists, who are in it for themselves and therefore can be easily co-opted.  


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How to break the stranglehold of academics on critical thinking - The Guardian

How to break the stranglehold of academics on critical thinking - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

New social movements such as Occupy need institutions to help elaborate their ideas. Where will a modern collective intellectuality spring from?

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Technology Research Firm Predicts Occupy On A Larger Scale | PopularResistance.Org

Technology Research Firm Predicts Occupy On A Larger Scale | PopularResistance.Org | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The information technology research firm, Gartner, which describes itself as “the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company.” The firm, based in Stamford, CT “offers world-class, objective insight on virtually any area of IT.”  The firm has more than 900 expert analysts that cover 1,200 topics across the IT landscape in 26 countries. They claim to produce “rigorous research process and proven methodologies provide the foundation for unbiased, pragmatic and actionable insight.”

 
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Occupy’s Top 10 of 2013

Occupy’s Top 10 of 2013 | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Occupy changed the national conversation and inspired a whole new generation of activists. Now, two years in, we are starting to see the extent of Occupy’s influence beyond the realm of media discourse – for instance, in the way laws new and old are being drafted and the way elections are panning out. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

 
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Social Mobilization and the Transnational Protest Movement - Center for Research on Globalization

Social Mobilization and the Transnational Protest Movement - Center for Research on Globalization | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Triggered by the Arab Spring (LuXemburg 1/2011), a series of transnational movements, such as the Indignants and Occupy Wall Street, began gathering pace in 2011 in Europe, Turkey, the U.S., Chile and Brazil. The events are being driven by an urban precariat that is better educated than ever before. Time and again, spaces open up for protests and organizing. Time and again, events underway in one place begin echoing in another, transnational connections spring up and solidarity comes to the fore. This recently happened almost simultaneously in Athens (Völpel, 2013), in Istanbul’s Gezi Park (Tugal, 2013; Hammond/Angel, 2013;) and in other cities throughout Turkey and Brazil (Richmond, 2013; Dilger, 2013).

 
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The Zeitgeist Tracked Down Bill de Blasio | The Nation

The Zeitgeist Tracked Down Bill de Blasio | The Nation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It’s far too soon, of course, to begin drawing comparisons between de Blasio’s election and the epochal achievements of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery campaign. But King’s larger notion—that historical forces converged to create an opening through which the modern civil rights movement would erupt—is instructive in evaluating the meaning of what many progressive New Yorkers are now labeling “the de Blasio moment.” Now as then, the hot winds of the zeitgeist conspired to shape both the figures and events rattling the cage of the status quo.

 

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Insurgent Anarchism: an idea whose time has come (Part I) | ROAR Magazine

Insurgent Anarchism: an idea whose time has come (Part I) | ROAR Magazine | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
From Occupy to Wikileaks, the anarchist spirit of leaderless resistance, decentralized decision-making and autonomous self-governance, is on the rise everywhere.
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Ken Feltman's curator insight, December 30, 2013 6:21 AM

Is this a by-product of social media?

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How to Occupy the Noosphere – TedX

How to Occupy the Noosphere – TedX | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Many know the Guy Fawkes mask from the hacker group Anonymous, or the protests on Occupy Wall St. How does the face of a 17th century revolutionary end up as the most recognizable symbol of protest in the 21st?
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Occupy BitCoin

Occupy BitCoin | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Occupy Wall Street had the effect of “measuring into existence” the 99% of people who subsidize the economic liberty of the top 1%. Now, with the BitCoin Protocol, the financial information gap between the 99% and the 1% is about to disappear. This is a fleeting moment in history and an opportunity that we must take for all it’s worth.

 
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Strength and power: reimagining revolution | openDemocracy

Strength and power: reimagining revolution | openDemocracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

How is it possible that fifty people can stop a forced eviction? Not just once, but over and over again (as many as six hundred times). This question has been on my mind for a while. During the 25-S protests in Madrid 1, we saw for ourselves that the police can evict any number of protesters from anywhere. So, exactly what sort of strength allows those fifty people to stop a foreclosure eviction? What does it mean to have strength, if it’s not quite the same as having power (physical, quantitative, economic, institutional, etc.)? The following is my attempt at an answer that, by no means, fully exhausts the question. That is to say, there’s room for more answers and, above all, to keep asking the question – this, I believe, is the most important thing.

 
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"Occupy the Apocalypse"

"Occupy the Apocalypse" | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Two years after the rise and demise of Occupy, we are still spinning around wondering what happened . . . and what comes next. The discussion runs in tail-chasing circles so often that when my radio show co-host suggested that we interview Nathan Schneider, an editor for Waging Nonviolence.org and the author of Thank You Anarchy, Notes From the Occupy Apocalypse, on the subject, I rolled my eyes in exasperation. Why beat the old Occupy horse?

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GNUnion - One Big Meshwork

GNUnion - One Big Meshwork | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
For all immigrant, domestic, knowledge, industrial, workless workers, Indigenous, landless farmers, Lgbts, environmentlists, hackers, makers, artivists, Chapullers, Indignados, Occupiers. Anons, Zapatistas...
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#Occupy: The Naiveté of Nihilism

#Occupy: The Naiveté of Nihilism | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
How Occupy challenged the way we think, speak and act upon resistance.
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Francis: The Occupy Pope? By Joshua Shnayer - American Spectator (blog)

Francis: The Occupy Pope? By Joshua Shnayer - American Spectator (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In an apostolic exhortation issued last Sunday Pope Francis characterized the free enterprise system as a form of “the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless.”

 
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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation