ows op-ed

For those of you who can’t get enough commentary on the Occupy Wall Street movement, I’ve written an op-ed for The Hill about the movement.

Here are a few additional orgtheory posts about the OWS.

Written by brayden king

October 12, 2011 at 12:45 am

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  1. Great job!



    October 12, 2011 at 1:12 am

  2. The movement is largely commented in Europe, specially in France. Whereas it is mostly depicted as a US movement in the US press (and compared to the Tea Party movement), it is considered in Europe as a part of a global revolt of the youth started in Spain before summer and called: “the outraged”, in reference to the bestseller mini opus: “Time for outrage”, written last year by a former resistant of WWII Stéphane Hessel. Hence the movement appears really global, and huge. Even though protesters does not actually communicate with each other, they share the same modus operandi: pacific occupation of public space, social networks to communicate, indignation against social injustice and defiance against established power. Of course, no doubt that the first “indignados” were themselves directly inspired by the revolutions in the arabic world.



    October 12, 2011 at 1:29 am

  3. The Occupy campaigns have provided a window into mainstream media for political sociologists. It’s worth using. In addition to Brayden’s great piece, Rory McVeigh has been at CNN ( Sid Tarrow has been at Foreign affairs online ( Todd Gitlin was in the NY Times, and I’ve been at the Washington Post. I’m sure there’s much more out there.
    It would be good if some of this commentary turned out to be useful.


    David S. Meyer

    October 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm

  4. Is there a good discussion of the “start” of the movement somewhere – specifically in terms of some of the global links that Nathalie references?



    October 12, 2011 at 6:32 pm

  5. On Stéphane Hessel’s book and the link with the actual protests:
    The start of the protest is mentioned but there is no real discussion on it.

    In Spain, it started precesily on the 15th of May, one week before local and regional elections, where the ruling political party (socialist) were hugely sanctionned. The situation in Spain is quite close to the one of Greece. Unemployment is very high, specially among the youth. The governement tries to implement very impopular reforms to answer European requests, but they are rejected by a huge part of the population which doesn’t feel responsible for the crisis.
    People started to camp on the Puerta del Sol in Madrid (imitating Egyptians), organizing debates, assemblies and so on. (For those who can read french: a quite detailed wikipedia article on the chronology of the movement:
    It quickly widespread to other cities and other countries (mainly in Europe but also in Israël). Thousands of people are actually trying to reach Brussels (European Capital) walking to go on occupation and call for democracy and social justice.

    Nota: I guess in Spain authorities let them occupy in the first place, whereas they were not so numerous when it started, because they wanted to show their understanding – specially before an election – (and maybe were fearing a more violent mouvement like in Greece currently). In France it couldn’t have happened because of the immediate use of force in such cases.



    October 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm

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