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5.0 out of 5 stars A COLLECTION OF SHORT WRITINGS ABOUT THE OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT, April 10, 2012
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This review is from: TIME What is Occupy?: Inside the Global Movement (Mass Market Paperback)
TIME magazine notes in its Foreword to this 2011 book, "In this new book... we bring you stories on the political effects of the movement, the key moments of its early days and its global resonance. We also present a forum of prominent voices, both supportive and critical of the movement."

The first essay notes that in this new decade of economic and political peril, "the street protesters set the agenda. Spontaneous activism, organized through social media, had toppled Arab dictatorships and rattled advanced democracies." (Pg. 7) Celebrities such as Jay-Z, Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin and Cornel West had made "pilgrimages" to the sites of the protest (pg. 6).

One essay discusses the origins of the movement: e.g., an editor at the anticonsumerist magazine "Adbusters" coined the name "Occupy Wall Street"; an anarchist activist named David Graeber created the "We Are the 99%" slogan, and formed a less wordy and formal group as an offshoot of an August 2011 protest (Pg. 35).

They note that violence broke out between police and protesters in Oakland, resulting in more than 100 people being arrested and dozens of businesses being damaged. One of the protesters blamed anarchists for the violence, saying, "They're taking advantage of our numbers and leeching off our movement. These people have no values." (Pg. 22-23)

Naomi Klein is quoted as saying, "I'm delighted that Occupy Wall Street hasn't given in to the hectoring for a list of 'demands.' This is a young movement still in the process of determining just how powerful it is..." (Pg. 53) But another essayist summarizes the grievances: "Millions of us can't find jobs, and millions more are taking any low-wage, part-time, no-benefits job we can get just to make ends meet. All this was caused by a financial crisis that originated right here on Wall Street through the slimy machinations of you financiers, you who make more money than 99% of all Americans. When your incompetently built financial system blew up, you got bailed out while we got fired and foreclosed on..." (Pg. 64-65)

This brief book---along with others such as This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement, Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America, and Voices From the 99 Percent: An Oral History of the Occupy Wall Street Movement---is an excellent one for anyone interested in learning more about the OWS movement.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Addition, May 23, 2012
This review is from: TIME What is Occupy?: Inside the Global Movement (Mass Market Paperback)
This is a nice little book that is concerned with the Occupy movement, and in particular Occupy Wall Street and the movement in the U.S.A. It is written mostly by a number of TIME journalists and not by participants of the Occupy movement, and one should have that in mind when reading the book. It offers by no means a complete account of Occupy, but it is a nice addition to the growing literature surrounding it.

The authors discuss the causes that let to such a large global protest movement to emerge, its development, and its possible future. A nice addition is a chapter that includes quotes from various responses to the Occupy movement, ranging from celebrities such as 50 Cent, to political figures and activists such as Barack Obama and Slavoj Zizek.

Overall, this book is a nice addition to anyone's library. However, be aware that it hardly shows a full picture of a movement that is still being shaped, and that it is written by a magazine which certainly has its own political bias.
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TIME What is Occupy?: Inside the Global Movement by Editors of Time Magazine (Mass Market Paperback - December 6, 2011)
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