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Occupy (Occupied Media Pamphlet Series) Paperback – May 1, 2012
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One: The title of my review says it all- some fresh perspective on Howard Zinn! Zinn is discussed at length; primarily dealing with theoretical interpretations of how he would've approached the Occupy movement. Of course, Zinn isn't here to explain himself, but Chomsky does an admirable job of trying to relate Zinn and 'Occupy'. Agree or disagree with Chomsky; the fact is that you still are getting a fresh approach on one of the most beloved historians of our time.
Two: Chomsky can come across as a simple and boring read. This is mainly due to the fact that his written works are usually transcripts of prior speeches that he's made. Therefore, he repeats certain points numerous times, and his overall argument can seem disjointed or a bit sloppily put together. My advice is to read him as if he is speaking in front of you. This works great sometimes, and other times it is still a chore to get to his overall argument, but once you do, the argument is almost always compelling.
Having said that, he still delivers a relevant argument for the need of 'Occupy' and movements similar to it. I think most people interested in the book are going to be familiar with his politics, and those of the larger movement. And this is only the first of a series examining the Occupy movement, and all are printed by Zuccotti Park Press. So if you are looking for a way to support the movement and show Solidarity, then I highly recommend that you read this book!
The speeches are a mixture of Chomsky putting events into context, an extremely brief history of the Neoliberal era (the "Thirty Years of Class War" referred to in the title of this review), a eulogy for the late Howard Zinn (of A People's History of the United States fame) and some reluctant but spot on advice on the pitfalls and difficulties of organising and carrying forward the Occupy movement. A guide on what to do if your arrested at an occupy event in the U.S. (compiled by the National Lawyers Guild) has been helpfully included, and makes interesting reading even for those to whom it is not directly relevant.
This is a fine short (probably not much more than 10,000 words in total) collection, though readers may wish to skip it for (or subsequently move on to) some of his more recent and substantial works such as Hopes and Prospects, or return to his earlier classics such as Deterring Democracy, Year 501: The Conquest Continues or Manufacturing Consent.Read more ›
I am very honored to be a small part of this powerful and brilliant pamphlet! It is my guide!
According to Chomsky the Occupy movement is the first substantial resistance nationwide to the neoliberal economic policies that have been oppressing us since the 70's. Since the 70's incomes have declined or stagnated for a large majority of Americans. While working Americans enjoyed a substantial benefit from the economic growth of the 50's and 60's, the benefits of economic growth since the 70's, have, according to Chomsky, been heavily concentrated in the top one tenth of one percent of the wealthiest Americans. Manufacturers have left for greater profits overseas and the economy has become increasingly reliant on the financial industry. Corporate profits are booming thanks to "greater worker insecurity"--as Chomsky quotes Alan Greenspan as saying in 1997--which means that workers are too beaten down to demand a greater share of the national wealth by striking for higher wages and benefits. Americans have been forced to keep their head above water by taking on a huge amount of debt and working longer hours. Meanwhile an 8 trillion dollar housing bubble kept the economy afloat during the Bush years as the tech bubble sustained the Clinton economy before it.Read more ›
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Noam. He never disappoints. If Westerners listened to their elders, they'd listen to him. And then we'd have no more Bushes, Reagans or Clintons, and the occasional Obamas we got... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Stepan Spoonwalla
"Occupy" is a slight book that won't give you much insight into the issues that drive the Occupy movement. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Jean E. Pouliot
In a series of speeches given at Occupy rallies in various U.S. cities, Chomsky gives detailed outlines of why Americans should not tolerate the state of things, and follows with... Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by Trevor W. Denton
Perhaps short in content but rich in ideas this book is nevertheless another important one in showing how consistent Chomsky is.Published on February 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The package was perfect, shipped in time and item in perfect shape. The book itself is great if you love Chomsky !Published on January 4, 2013 by AnaMau
Chomsky's OCCUPY clarifies the muddle our corporatized government has gotten us into and puts its attack on the middle class into perspective. He points out that the 0. Read morePublished on October 12, 2012 by J.L. Morin
As many already pointed out, I do believe as well that anything said or written by Noam Chomsky is worth listening/reading.
This short pamphlet nr. Read more
This talks a bit about the why's for the Occupy movement. It is a really good pamphlet! My husband read it and said it is very good. He is so smart about politics. Read morePublished on June 20, 2012 by kstars