Tuesday, October 25, 2011

even Judith Butler

Judith Butler at OWS.

Verso provides the summary.

Let's demand the impossible, or what we have been forced to believe it is impossible.

At Washington Square Park.

Monday, October 10, 2011

mic check!

Finally? Žižek showed up at Occupy Wall Street. Many may be familiar with what he says here, but I like the moment the audiences say "mic check!" when they haven't been able to repeat in unison what he has said.

Versobooks provides the planned text provided for this speech.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

this happens everywhere

YouTube says, "this video has been age-restricted based on our Community Guidelines." Come on YouTube!

Monday, October 3, 2011

when protests without demands make sense

Nobody Can Predict The Moment Of Revolution from ivarad on Vimeo.

McKensie Wark says:

Some commentators have seen the modesty of this request as a weakness of Occupy Wall Street. They want a list of demands, and they are not shy about proposing some. But perhaps the best thing about Occupy Wall Street is its reluctance to make demands. What's left of pseudo-politics in the United States is full of demands. To reduce the debt, to cut taxes, to abolish regulations. Nobody even bothers with much justification for these any more. It is just sort of assumed that only what matters to the rentier class matters at all.

[....]

It may sound counter-intuitive, but there really is no politics in the United States. There is exploitation, oppression, inequality, violence, there are rumors that there might still be a state. But there is no politics. There is only the semblance of politics. Its mostly just professionals renting influence to favor their interests. The state is no longer even capable of negotiating the common interests of its ruling class.

[....]

So the genius of the occupation is simply to suggest that there could be a politics, one in which people meet and propose and negotiate. This suggestion points to the great absence at the center of American life: a whole nation, even an empire, with no politics.

[....]

The abstraction that is the occupation is then a double one, an occupation of a place, somewhere near the actual Wall Street; and the occupation of the social media vector, with slogans, images, videos, stories. “Keep on forwarding!” might not be a bad slogan for it. Not to mention keep on creating the actual language for a politics in the space of social media. The companies that own those social media vectors will still collect a rent from all we say and do—not much can be done about that—but at least the space can be occupied by something other than cute cat pictures.

[....]

An occupation is conceptually the opposite of a movement. A movement aimed for some internal consistency within itself but uses space just as a place to park its ranks. An occupation has no internal consistency in its ranks but chooses meaningful spaces which have significant resonance into the abstract terrain of symbolic geography.

[....]There's no multitude; there's no vanguard.

Read more of this.

we know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat...

Since the Live Stream Channel of Occupy Wall Street aired this well-known scene from Sidney Lumet's satirical film NETWORK (1976), many people now appear to revisit this masterpiece.

I want all of you to get up out of your chairs.
I want you to get up right now,
And go to the window, open it,
Stick your head out and yell,
"I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not gonna take this anymore!"

At this moment I just quote LENIN'S TOMB.

While the petty bourgeoisie is largely a bedrock of reaction, it can have its radical moments, especially when capitalism is wrecking the lives of small traders, shopkeepers, homeowners - as we've recently seen in Greece, where the lower middle class is overwhelmingly on the side of the working class and the left in this fight. I'm just saying that while one wants ultimately to win people to consistently anticapitalist politics, a sort of leftist, Naderite populism opposing the 99% to the 1% (the people against the ruling class in other words) is not a terrible place to start.

The Brooklyn Bridge mass arrest footage-the protesters chant "the whole world's watching."