(On Consensus Decision Making)
On August 2, 2011 at the very first meeting of what was to become Occupy Wall Street, about a dozen people sat in a circle in Bowling Green. The self-appointed “process committee” for a social movement we merely hoped would someday exist, contemplated a momentous decision. Our dream was to create a New York General Assembly: the model for democratic assemblies we hoped to see spring up across America. But how would those assemblies actually operate?
The anarchists in the circle made what seemed, at the time, an insanely ambitious proposal. Why not let them operate exactly like this committee: by consensus.
Speculation on Commodities Futures Markets and Destabilization Of Global Food Prices: Exploring the Connections
Ghosh, Jayati | Heintz, James | Pollin, Robert | 10/4/2011
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Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Last Friday I went along to The Garage in Highbury, where UK rapper Lowkey was celebrating the launch of his new album. “Soundtrack to the Struggle”, released without major label support, has seen phenomenal success: on the day of its release it surged into the top 10 of the UK iTunes charts, and made similar waves in a host of other countries, including the US, Canada and Australia. “Too Much”, which has emerged as something of a lead single from this album, has also been played by Greg James and Zane Lowe of BBC Radio 1.
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One protester injured. Rubber bullet to the head.
From the comments:
opdheadshot about 5 hours ago
“Just to clarify: I was shot in the head w/ a tear gas canister. Stitches and love. We will prevail.”
Joseph Dana: Photo from #OWS Oakland. These are not rubber bullets based on my experience in Israel/Palestine
via Greg Mitchell
Updated @1537 26/10/11:
People should stop referring to bean bags, tear gas cannisters and rubber bullets as “less-lethal”. Used in exactly this manner they are a deadly force. Oops, what a surprise, didn’t mean to kill you. Not so much.
Monday 24 October 10:06 am
Wobblies Down Under
The Swedish-American radical socialist, songster and poet Joe Hill, became a martyr for the working classes world-wide when he was executed in 1915 for a murder he almost certainly did not commit. His ashes were distributed around the world including New Zealand but no trace of them has ever been found here. Researcher Jared Davidson set out to track them down but in the process uncovered the story of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW, known as the ‘Wobblies’) and their repression in New Zealand during the early 1900s and World War 1. (47′06″)
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The Wobblies on Papers Past – Evening Post, 26 July 1933
The governments in Syria, Russia and China should be “nervous” about the message sent by the fall of the Gaddafi regime in Libya, a former Republican presidential candidate has told BBC’s Newsnight programme.
“It is the Spring, not just the Arab Spring”, Senator John McCain told Gavin Esler.
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Regarding Libya’s “spring”, the great scholar McCain said, “We assisted them”. At what point does a revolution of the people unequivocally become a foreign takeover? Had the BBC bothered to ask the question the interview might have moved beyond ridiculous to borderline interesting.
Unverified footage of Gaddafi’s body caught on camera phone – video
Footage obtained by Reuters news agency and shot on a camera phone appears to show the body of Muammar Gaddafi. Claims of his death came after NTC fighters overran Sirte, the ousted Libyan leader’s home town and the last stronghold of soldiers loyal to him. Warning: graphic content
Click here to view the new democracy in action – Click here to view Hillary Clinton’s reaction to the news…”Wow”..
Hillary transitions to hysterical:
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