Here it is, finally. My history of Occupy Wall Street. It has been two years since 17-S, one year since I decided to write something about what happened during those sixty days of occupation. It is based on written sources, in particular the main stream press, the occupiers’ own media and the minutes of the New York City General Assembly. Click on the picture to download. Or click here to order a printed copy (6×9, paperback, 178 pp).
This is the teaser:
In 2011, a wave of creative resistance hit the world. From the Arab Spring to the European Summer to the American Fall, citizens on every inhabited continent occupied public squares to protest against the asphyxiating power of the financial sector.
In Tunisia and Egypt, the people managed to overthrow their governments. In Spain, millions of people participated in the movement of the indignados under the slogan ‘we are not merchandise in the hands of politicians and bankers’. In Greece, popular assemblies in front of parliament were organized for months in an attempt to give new meaning to that old Greek invention called ‘democracy’.
The desire for direct popular democracy and a society based on respect for all races, creeds and sexual orientations was the unifying factor of all these protests.
When the wave reached the United States, the protesters’ aim could only be Wall Street, where the ‘Masters of the Universe’ were still dictating the nation’s political life, three years after they caused the biggest economic meltdown since the Great Depression.
The idea to occupy Wall Street as from September 17 was launched by Canadian culture jamming magazine Adbusters. After a slow start, the action grew to have an impact on the public discourse that went beyond anybody’s expectations. It turned into the biggest wave of civil resistance America had seen since the 1960s, spawning similar occupations all over the United States and the rest of the world.
This is an account of sixty days in Liberty Square, based on the image that was forged by the occupiers themselves and by the press. It chronicles the movement of the ‘99%’, and their conviction that if a government is necessary, it should be a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”