David Graeber: Enacting the Impossible

(On Consensus Decision Making)
David Graeber

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.

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#ows Takes The Streets In Solidarity With #occupyoakland

Last night hundreds marched through the streets of NYC, chanting “New York is Oakland, Oakland is New York.” We circled City Hall, ran in the streets, refused to be kettled or have our voices silenced, marched up broadway, North on 6th Ave, circled around on Bleecker, and marched south against traffic on 6th ave, running past police barricades, running past our fear, running in solidarity with each other and #occupyoakland.

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Musa Okwonga: A rapper no longer low key

Musa Okwonga
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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