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December 2, 2011

Occupy in 9 Photos – Join Us Sunday for a Deeper View of an Ingenious Movement

Who has really bothered to look inside the tent? What does it mean when a riot cop is forced into a portrait while raiding the people’s kitchen? How do the movement’s “quirky” rituals — the “mic check,” for example — help us relate to Occupy as not just a protest movement, but as something deeper and more ingenious, the template, for example, for a new political value system?

If it’s a little audacious to capture the Occupy movement in just 9 photos, that’s what we’ve ventured to do to facilitate Sunday’s 90 minute BagNewsSalon discussion analyzing the visual politics of Occupy Wall Street.

Just as the photo above expresses the greatest possible difference between anger and simply passing the word, we hope you’ll join us this weekend to tease out more intelligence and insight from some of the more notable and telling imagery from this powerful, timely and highly visible movement.

See the full edit, as well as program and log-in information here, or…

Date: Sunday, December 4th

Time: 10 am PST/ 1 pm EST / 6pm London (running for 90 minutes)

Location: Online Webinar –

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(photo: David Shankbone/Wikipedia)

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  • bks

    Hey Abbott!!


    p.s. Am I dating myself?

  • BooksAlive

    Dec. 3, 1861, was the date of President Lincoln’s first Annual Message. The Disunion column in today’s NYT,  by Ted Widmer, discusses the long message which Lincoln delivered to be read into the record by a clerk. It’s long, and Mr. Widmer selects pertinent sections for analysis. Jefferson Davis had released his own President’s Message on Nov. 18, and Widmer suggests that this portion, focusing on a free man’s ability to labor and to rise in his economic condition, is a rebuttal to the Confederacy’s stand on slavery. In linking portions of Lincoln’s message to current events, Widmer calls this paragraph “red meat” for the Occupy movement:

    “Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other rights. Nor is it denied that there is, and probably always will be, a relation between labor and capital, producing mutual benefits. The error is in assuming that the whole labor of community exists within that relation.”,1

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