This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement

This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement

Sarah van Gelder

Language: English

Pages: 96

ISBN: 1609945875

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

We Are the 99%

The Occupy Wall Street movement named the core issue of our time: the overwhelming power of Wall Street and large corporations— something the political establishment and most media have long ignored.

But the movement goes far beyond this critique. This Changes Everything shows how the movement is shifting the way people view themselves and the world, the kind of society they believe is possible, and their own involvement in creating a society that works for the 99% rather than just the 1%.

Attempts to pigeonhole this decentralized, fast-evolving movement have led to confusion and misperception. In this volume, the editors of YES! Magazine bring together voices from inside and outside the protests to convey the issues, possibilities, and personalities associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

This book features contributions from Naomi Klein, David Korten, Rebecca Solnit, Ralph Nader, and others, as well as Occupy activists who were there from the beginning, such as David Graeber, Marina Sitrin and Hena Ashraf. It offers insights for those actively protesting or expressing support for the movement—and for the millions more who sympathize with the goal of a more equitable and democratic future.

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to not only believe it, but feel it will get bigger and

democracy moving through your body, along with thousands around you.

democratic society in the means it uses to achieve one. If a permissive attitude toward violence is not a feature of the world one is working for, it should not be welcomed in one’s movement. Meanwhile, Erica Chenoweth and Kurt Schock have found through statistical studies that the effects of having a so-called “radical flank” in a resistance movement—having a violent minority—include a slightly lower success rate and a significantly lower level of public involvement. Canadian activists Philippe

unprovoked police brutality, which we saw more of just last night. Meanwhile, support for this movement grows and grows more wisdom. But the biggest difference a decade makes is that in 1999, we were taking on capitalism at the peak of a frenzied economic boom. But to be honest with you, while the good times rolled, taking on an economic system based on greed was a tough sell, at least in rich countries. Ten years later, it seems as if there aren’t any more rich countries. Just a whole lot of

produce and consume less stuff. That may mean less paid work available, at least in some sectors of the economy, so it makes sense to share those jobs and work fewer hours. A shorter workweek could benefit those who are working too much while opening new jobs for the unemployed. Productivity increases when workers aren’t overstretched. Profits now 66  PART II: WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE going to the wealthiest 1% could be distributed to workers so they could afford to work fewer hours and have more

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