The Branding Of Global Dissent: From Occupy Wall Street To Rio De Janeiro

Connor Sheets & Thomas Halleckby Connor Sheets & Thomas Halleck

June 21 2013 9:22 PM

The stream of images from Rio de Janeiro, Jakarta and Istanbul of protesters pitted against riot police has focused the world’s attention on the grievances of common citizens against their governments, sparking in some observers a sense of solidarity, and in most, discomfort.


In Brazil, the mask of democracy is falling

Franco A.by Franco A.

Editor’s note: On Monday night, the popular protests that have been rocking Brazil for the past week suddenly experienced a spectacular scale-shift, with mass mobilizations of hundreds of thousands of Brazilians in at least seven major cities, with thousands occupying Congress in Brasilia, and with hundreds attempting to storm and set fire to the Legislative Assembly in Rio de Janeiro.


Gerald Koch Hasn't Been Accused of a Crime, but the Feds Put Him in Jail Anyway

Will Potter by Will Potter

A New York anarchist has been jailed for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury about his political beliefs, his friends, and the legal support he provided to Occupy Wall Street.


How the Democratic Party kettles our thoughts

William T. Hathawayby William T. Hathaway

Far from posing a progressive alternative, the Democratic Party represses the revolutionary energy of workers to keep them firmly within the system.

Many of us on the left have been kettled at demonstrations: surrounded by a wall of police, herded into a small area, and prevented from reaching our goal. The term is a translation of kesseln, the German military tactic of enclosing an enemy force within a tight cordon of troops and gradually wearing it down rather than attacking it directly.


Popular Resistance Is Percolating Across the Country -- Inspiring Activism That the Corporate Media Always Ignores

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowersby Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

The fight against plutocracy, concentrated wealth and corporatism is decentralized, creative and growing.

May 17, 2013

Every week we are inspired by the many people throughout the country who are doing excellent work to challenge the power structure and put forward a new path for the country. The popular resistance to plutocracy, concentrated wealth and corporatism is decentralized, creative and growing.


How Occupy Builds Popular Resistance - While Media Looks for Encampments

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowersby Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers

May 06, 2013

Yesterday, a media outlet contacted us to be on a show about how Occupy had “fizzled coming into this year’s May 1.” The media keeps looking for encampments or last year’s protests and is missing how popular resistance is growing and demonstrating all over the country.


How Corruption Is Strangling U.S. Innovation

How Corruption Is Strangling U.S. Innovationby How Corruption Is Strangling U.S. Innovation

by James Allworth | 8:00 AM April 26, 2013

Tesla. Uber. Netflix. Most economies would kill to have a set of innovators such as these. And yet at every turn, these companies are running headlong into regulation (or lack thereof) that seems designed to benefit incumbents. The reason? The devastating impact of money in politics and how it discourages disruptive innovation among new businesses. Click through this explainer to learn more about legal bribery and U.S. competitiveness:


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"Today we live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups… So I ask, in my writing, What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it."
- Philip K. Dick

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