As soon as the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike, abused by both Democrats and Republicans (for some reason teachers above all have become the official whipping boys of the Austerity Class), Malcolm Harris went on a rampage bashing teachers too. In keeping with his anarcho-marketing brand, Malcolm isn’t bashing teachers for the same reasons all the other austerity whores are, but rather, because according to this middle-class anarchist, schools are as bad as prisons; and therefore, school teachers are little more than prison guards.
I spent about two hours reading Malcolm Harris’ tweets earlier today, and by the time I dislodged myself from his evil little 140-character mind, I’d grown about 200,000 years dumber.
Here, then, is a sample of what the “vanguard of the Occupy Movement” was thinking lately:
“Who’s against the strike at all? I’m against education, not labor strikes…”
“I don’t think teachers by and large like or care very much about the kids in their classrooms. The unions, even less. Rahm, not at all.”
Look, no one actually likes kids or we wouldn’t put them in jailish schools and make them ask to pee and take tests and line up to eat, okay”
MALCOLM HARRIS AND THE OCCUPY SWINDLE » The “vanguard” of the Occupy movement charges $5000 an hour to lecture on the evils of capitalism
you know who else made kids line up to eat? Hitler.
Great article well worth reading. I saw these tweets by Harris last week and honestly I was just glad that starting a new job would limit my time enough that I would be less tempted to engage with these cretinous arguments. I had no idea about his hilarious $5,000 speaking fee and the rest of his nonsense.
It’s a real shame that the first anniversary of the Occupy movement has seen a big return of all the stupidest parts of the movement (self-absorption, lifestyleism, confused rhetoric about the 99%, focus on homeowners struggles, the fucking people’s mic, etc.) and little or none of the most exciting elements of it (i.e. signs of a fighting social movement directed towards the multinational working class and against the state which we saw in Oakland and some other places).
I think Advance the Struggle’s statement in the wake of May Day still provides a good understanding of what to take away from the Occupy movement. Lots of positive lessons (at least here in Oakland) as well as negative ones; now we should make use of the networks developed during its course and consolidate people who came up in the struggle, rather than trying to artificially prolong it.
Police riot underway in Oakland
Livestream here. Oakland cops are filling downtown with tear gas instead of letting us hold a peaceful protest in a public park. This is Jean Quan’s Oakland, and Barack Obama’s America!
New York City: NYU student walk-out en route to Occupy Wall Street, Oct. 5, 2011.
Photos by redguard
Love the sign!!! (Wish you could see it a little better.)
How you doing my UAW brothers and sisters!
Well that sure occupied my afternoon
Ho ho ho. Ok. Anyway, I was asked to round up some of the best links about the Occupy Wall Street movement. Now you, my beloved dozen readers on tumblr, get to enjoy the fruits of my labor! (Also please send me any good stuff I missed! This is a work in progress.)
- Theory, tactics and practice: In So Real It Hurts: Notes on Occupy Wall Street, Manissa Maharawal writes about her experiences at the Occupy Wall Street general assembly. McKenzie Wark writes about challenges and opportunities for OWS in How To Occupy An Abstraction and Earl McCabe writes about tactics and goals at the blog Permanent Crisis. A piece by “SKS” discusses the politico-military dimension of Occupy Wall Street’s “leaderless resistance”.
- Occupy/unoccupy: Many people have written about the contradictions of a movement calling for “occupations” on land which was stolen from its inhabitants — and is still being occupied by the descendants and beneficiaries of that theft. Michelle Merrill writes about it in Occupied Lands, and “Tequila Sovereign” writes more about the history of Manhattan and the Lenape who were its original inhabitants in her post Manna-hatta. Another challenge to the perceived whiteness of Occupy Wall Street comes from Occupy The Hood, as Julianne Escobedo Shepherd writes at AlterNet.
- International solidarity: As Occupy Wall Street was inspired by the wave of revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa and movements against austerity in Europe, so in turn it has inspired solidarity actions across the globe. The Maoist website Utopia reports on a gathering in Zhengzhou, China, where protestors called for “Determined Support for the American People’s Great ‘Wall Street Revolution!’” (Summary in English here, original full report in Chinese here.) Participants in the movement of the indignados in Spain have linked their struggle to that in the US and called for a global day of action on October 15.
- Politics and prospects: Many arguments about this movement center on the “demandlessness” of the occupiers. Should they have a list of specific demands? What should they be? This leads to even bigger questions: where is the movement going? What should it strive for and what can it achieve? Vijay Prashad offers some analysis of the movement and its place in the politics and society of the US in Zombie Capitalism and the Post-Obama Left. Matt Sledge writes about occupiers resisting co-optation in a piece for the Huffington Post. At Fire on the Mountain, Jimmy Higgins admits he was wrong about Occupy Wall Street and looks to the bigger picture.
- Stray thoughts: Sarah Jaffe discusses the class implications of the call for protestors to ‘know your history.’ Time collects 50 of the best photos from Occupy Wall Street. At The Nation, Richard Kim says We Are All Human Microphones Now.
Protestors gather in Zhengzhou, some wearing bands reading “Determinedly support the great Occupy Wall Street movement”
(via Chinese pensioners join Occupy Wall Street protests | Asian Correspondent more photos at the link) via Trainspotters
“星星之火可以燎原”-“星星之火正在燎原” Hell yes! This is seriously some inspiring stuff. “Although Mao is gone, the internationalism he taught us still is still present.”
Also, I will pay a king’s ransom for one of those armbands, in case anyone in Zhengzhou is reading this.