occupy everything

Some more occupy movement links:

I was reading up on ‘occupy colleges’ at the Huffington Post and who do they quote but orgtheory’s very own Brayden King (as well as Fabio’s co-author Michael Heaney and other movement scholars).

Written by teppo

October 15, 2011 at 8:49 pm

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  1. Silly me, I thought that “Occupy Writers” and “Occupy Philosophy” meant that those of us who are marginalized should sit in at the homes of these published authors and academic philosophers until they do our bidding. Of course, there would be a contradiction in that for us libertarians.

    I am currently reading Wittgenstein’s Poker. There, the authors suggest a moment that inspired The Open Society and Its Enemies. Before the Anschluss, Popper met a young man dressed in a Nazi uniform. Popper attempted to question him. The young man had a gun in his holster and replied, “You debate, but I shoot.” So, too with these Occupiers. They emplace force where reason belongs. Speaking to the Occupiers on September 19, Roseanne Barr called for a merger of capitalism and socialism. By definition, that is fascism. So, the young man with the gun is not so far from our current problems… and neither is Karl Popper…

    Popper placed our problems in Plato’s lap. These Occupy people are acting out a desire for a coup d’etat by the Philosopher Kings. They know what is best. The idle class is not really the bourgeoisie that shows up to the office every day to trade equities. Those are only workers of a different trade. The true leisure class are the philosophers and writers who proscribe our fuels, our foods, our trades and deals, our monetary media and margins. Those hawks of always win over the doves because those conflict managers have an agenda while the merchants of peace beg for reasoned debate. So, the Occupiers will push and shove for their goals, while the advocates of reason fail to mount a coordinated defense. In fact, one is not possible.

    Perhaps the best thing is just to ignore them. No headlines. No sound bites. No tweets. A thousand years ago, Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw penned an essay titled, “What if they gave a millennium and nobody came?” It was about securing your own personal freedom here and now.


    Michael Marotta

    October 16, 2011 at 1:04 am

  2. How about ‘Occupy your Econ Department’.



    October 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm

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