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The best of Occupy articles this week

October 27th, 2011 · · Economy & Economic Indicators, Poverty and Income Inequality, Uncategorized

Another week of Occupy movements around the globe has yielded a wealth of rich analysis of the movement, its implications, as well as the social and economic problems that inform the protests.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best articles I came across this week.

NOW Magazine in Toronto creates a helpful index of numbers showing who makes up Canada’s 99%.

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Oneabees—Way to Represent!

October 18th, 2011 · · Economy & Economic Indicators, Poverty and Income Inequality

There’s a splinter group in the 99% movement.

You know the people I’m talking about—those who, in the midst of the excitement generated by a growing demand for systemic change, persist in disavowing their membership in the 99%.

Perhaps you’ve read their rantifesto. It usually begins with “the 99% doesn’t represent me”, sails into “get a job!” and concludes with some or all of the following:

  • If you are part of the 99% it’s your own fault.
  • I have three part time jobs—and I’m okay with that.
  • I paid my way through university working 20 hour weeks at minimum wage—and I’m okay with that.

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Occupation, Democracy and Co-ops

October 18th, 2011 · · Economy & Economic Indicators

I hung out a while yesterday at the Vancouver Occupation, and was impressed with their efforts at radical democracy. Many in the mainstream press have been quick to pile on for how time-consuming decision-making can be under this model, but perhaps they have not spent enough time in legislatures and committee meetings and public consultations. Democracy takes time, so what?

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Occupy Protests … It’s About Time!

October 17th, 2011 · · Democracy, Poverty and Income Inequality

Here is my commentary published in the Globe and Mail (web edition) on Sunday, regarding the wonderful Occupy Together events held in Toronto and almost 1000 other cities around the world:

It’s the political puzzle of our times:  Why, in the wake of the most spectacular failure of free-enterprise in 80 years, was it the global right that became stronger, not the left?

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Keep Up the Good Work! (Just don’t expect us to pay you for it.)

October 13th, 2011 · · Economy & Economic Indicators, Employment and Labour, Poverty and Income Inequality, Taxes and Tax Cuts

An Open Letter from the Top 1%.

We know it’s been a while since we talked; it’s not that we haven’t wanted to, it’s just that things keep coming up. Plus we keep hearing how busy you are, working harder and longer, with less and less time for your families. So we understand that you can’t always make it down to the Embassy Club—even though it’s really the best time to catch us when we’re ready to kick back and relax over a few drinks and shoot the breeze about how to invest last year’s bonus.

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First We Take Manhattan… What Occupy Wall Street Could Mean

October 13th, 2011 · · Democracy, Poverty and Income Inequality, Taxes and Tax Cuts

This is not the stuff of usual protests. Over the past month, a little idea from a Vancouver outfit has mushroomed into a cross-continent movement.

Occupy Wall Street, kicked off by Adbusters in July and coming to Toronto this weekend, has already spread to 70 American cities and is going global as protestors challenge society to rethink how the economy and the government operates, and for whom.

It’s an awakening — a populist call for that “adult conversation” many thought would take place after the global economic calamity of 2008. It didn’t then. But it may now, thanks to Occupy Wall Street, in a city near you.

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Occupy Wall Street Asks the Big Questions

October 6th, 2011 · · Democracy, Economy & Economic Indicators

We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%”..say the Occupy Wall Street protesters. This grass roots protest started on Wall Street, but is now spreading far and wide among folks who just can’t take it anymore.

The realization that something is deeply wrong in the economy is palpable: inequality, constant crisis management, poverty. It’s a very long list of everything we never wanted in an economic system.

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