What was it like to open up a letter announcing that the burden of a large medical debt had been taken away? "I was dumbfounded," replies Terrance Lavalle, referring to a letter he received in November from Occupy Wall Street's working group, "The Rolling Jubilee."
Instead of ostracizing the financial CEOs that crippled our economy, I want to spotlight one of the good CEOs that takes a modest salary. Rather than condemning the tech companies that sell us all out to the NSA, I'd like to showcase honest businesses.
What does Canadian blues singer, Norine Braun, have in common with an 'Occupy' Visa Debit card? You might be scratching your head thinking this sounds incongruous. But, there is a connection between the two.
I've often wondered what would happen if average people actually knew about Church history and theology. For your benefit and/or your entertainment, I thought a list of some of the more awesome-er contemplative issues I've come across would make for a smashing good time.
Harry Reid's utterance about "Tea Party anarchists" is a symptom of the amnesia that has befallen libertarian political thought in this country -- an amnesia that helps the capitalist class grow stronger with each sequential fiscal crisis and each shrinkage of the social safety net.
On the second anniversary of that day in lower Manhattan when people first sat down in outrage and then stayed in dedication and solidarity and hope, remember them, remember how unpredictably the world changes, remember to hope, remember to build.
Occupy put the issue of the nation's savage inequality on the front pages, and focused America's attention on what that inequality was doing to our democracy. To that extent, it was a stirring success.
Occupy and Tahrir pointed us back to some powerful concepts like redefining majority interests, and powerful tools, from click activism to mass mobilizations. We (or someone) need/s to figure out how to figure out how to use them.
Just for fun, today I'd like to use my column to skate perilously close to the edge of rampant paranoia. I'm really doing this to make an ironic point, at the end, but I can't deny that this type of thing is certainly fun to write.