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Occupy (Occupied Media Pamphlet)by Noam Chomsky
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PRAISE FOR NOAM CHOMSKY'S OCCUPY AND ZUCCOTTI PARK PRESS:
"Occupy is another vital contribution from Chomsky to the literature of defiance and protest, and a red-hot rallying call to forge a better, more egalitarian future."
For decades, Chomsky has been marginalized for his insightful, levelheaded, and accurate observations about how our society functions. In Occupy, Chomsky... sets the record straight. And hes got an answer for everything. Its necessary,” Chomsky warns, to get out into the country and get people to understand what this is about, and what they can do about it, and what the consequences are of not doing anything about it.” Occupy begins with a powerful editors note from Greg Ruggiero, who comments on the heartlessness and inhumanity of the system, where peoples stolen homes are sold off to the highest bidder. And if it isnt obvious to those who are still asking what the demands of Occupy Wall Street are, Ruggiero puts it plainly: Occupy embodies a vision of democracy that is fundamentally antagonistic to the management of society as a corporate-controlled space that funds a political system to serve the wealthy, ignore the poor. One can only cringe at the thought of what will happen if we continue to ignore the wisdom of Noam Chomsky. He gives a clue in Occupy .”
—The Coffin Factory, The Magazine for People who Love Books
Chomsky advocates intelligent activism by those who see the divorce between public policy and public opinion. He is both optimistic and realistic towards this first major public response to 30 years of class war.”
—IRISH TIMES, PICK REVIEW
Occupy, is at once a vivid portrait of the now-global movement and a practical guide to intelligent activism, infused with Chomskys signature meditations on everything from how the wealthiest 1% came to steer society to what a healthy democracy would look like to how we can separate money from politics. Alongside Chomskys words are some of the most moving and provocative photographs from the Occupy movement.”
—Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
Having spent so much time thinking about and engaging with social movements, Chomsky is both optimistic about the energy of Occupy and realistic about the challenges it faces. He appreciates the just do it” ethos and embraces its radical approach to participatory democracy What makes Chomskys perspective so interesting, aside from the wealth of his political experience, is the range of his interests. He draws from examples around the world to demonstrate his points. ...Its a big agenda that Occupy has identified, nothing less than a complete renewal of U.S. society and the U.S. role in the world. Chomsky sees not only the radical agenda but also the radical practice of the Occupiers. Part of what functioning, free communities like the Occupy communities can be working for and spreading to others is just a different way of living, which is not based on maximizing consumer goods, but on maximizing values that are important for life,” he concludes in this valuable set of remarks and interviews.”
—John Feffer, Foreign Policy in Focus, Pick Review
In this updated and expanded edition of Occupy, Chomsky speaks to and with supporters of the Occupy movement about the structural injustices of the current economic and political system and the prospects for real change. The new edition includes all the material of the first edition plus four new in-depth interviews. Throughout, Chomsky encourages people to continue organizing, to continue struggling, and to continue defending citizenship and community-driven democracy from predation from the relentless encroachments of corporate power and wealthiest few. What counts most, says Chomsky, is solidarity.
A provocative and urgent critique of the unresolved economic crisis and the repression against those who speak out against it
A provocative critique of both the economic crisis and the repression waged against those who seek to hold corporations accountable
Another vital contribution from Chomsky to the literature of defiance and protest, a tribute to Howard Zinn and democracy's power
"Occupy is another vital contribution from Chomsky to the literature of defiance and protest, and a red-hot rallying call to forge a better, more egalitarian future."—AlterNet
"Occupy is at once a vivid portrait of the now-global movement and a practical guide to intelligent activism . . . [and includes] some of the most moving and provocative photographs from the Occupy movement."—Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
Over the past forty years, Noam Chomsky has risen to the status of international celebrity for his fearless critique of power and advocacy for human rights and democracy. In this expanded edition of Occupy, Chomsky directs that critique to update his analysis of the financial crisis and the widespread repression waged against those who demand accountability and change. Since the crisis began, bankers have evicted millions of families, repossessed their homes, and destroyed their credit. Many of these families were victimized by bank fraud, theft, and predatory abuse. While more than 7,700 people have been arrested protesting that corporations be held accountable for their crimes, none of the perpetrators have been arrested. Why? Through talks and conversations, Occupy presents a lucid examination of the recent history of the rise of corporate power, its corrupting influence, financial manipulation, and what people in the United States and around the world can and should do to win higher levels of freedom from economic injustice. Born of the moment, accessible, affordable, and designed to fit in your back pocket, the new edition of Occupy is destined to be a classic of underground protest literature.
With urgency and purpose, Chomsky dissects the relationships and conflicts between the influence of the wealthy, the financial crisis, class war, movement organizing, state repression, and the role of ordinary people in winning higher levels of self-determination and freedom. Chomsky rips into state and corporate fear of democracy and how coordinated surveillance and repression are used against us.
About the Author
Noam Chomsky is known throughout the world for his groundbreaking work in linguistics and for his relentless advocacy for democracy, freedom and self-determination. He is author of dozens of books, many of which have become international best sellers. He is Institute Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. A member of the American Academy of Science, he has published widely in both linguistics and current affairs, and writes a monthly column for The New York Times Syndicate which is picked up by a host of print and electronic media around the globe.
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