From Rolling Stone, Jeff Sharlet goes inside Occupy Wall Street: How a bunch of anarchists and radicals with nothing but sleeping bags launched a nationwide movement; and Matt Taibbi on how he stopped worrying and learned to love the OWS protests. Max Blumenthal on how Israeli occupation forces, Bahraini monarchy guards trained U.S. police for coordinated crackdown on “Occupy” protests. Commune plus one: James Panero on Occupy Wall Street and the legacy of the Paris Commune. Occupy Wall Street, 1979: Before there were hashtags, more than a thousand protesters were arrested for trying to shut Wall Street down for a day. The case for taxing the wealthy: The 1% didn’t get there by themselves — Chuck Collins offers a TED Talk on why the wealthy should pay it forward. The Occupy protests have much in common with political movements of the 1840s, 1890s, and 1930s — including a spiritual dimension. The Age of Uncertainty: Sheri Berman on discontent and its failure to effect transformation. Jerome E. Roos on how the year 2011 marks the end of the End of History. An interview with V For Vendetta co-creator David Lloyd about how the Guy Fawkes mask has become an internationally understood symbol of protest, resistance and anarchy. Vijay Prashad on occupying the imagination, cultivating a new politics. Why protest equality? Valery Publius unmasks the deeper motivation of the Occupy movement. From First of the Month, writers comment on OWS. The Storm Troopers of OWS: "Occupying" a public space and blocking its use by the public, however, is an initiation of force (and more). Smithsonian museum collects Occupy Wall Street memorabilia: Cultural timepieces or archival ephemera?
From Google's Think Quarterly, a special issue on people. Karsten Weber (BTU Cottbus): What is it Like to Encounter an Autonomous Artificial Agent? From Policy Review, Jacob Mchangama on the sordid origin of hate-speech laws; and Jay Cost on an unusually clear policy choice on Election 2010: Nationalism through commerce versus egalitarianism through redistribution. From Utne Reader, a special section on 25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World 2011. The Spectator’s Spectacular Blunder: It is hard to think of a bigger cock-up than the one the magazine’s editor has just made. Errata: New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman’s metaphorical pile-ups, hollow analyses, and factual inaccuracies have garnered him three Pulitzer Prizes, and frighteningly unchecked power. Applied Classics: How Greek philosophy can solve America’s budget crisis. Meet the new Social Darwinists: Newt, Mitt and other GOP candidates are peddling policies based on this discredited justification for inequality. James Marshall Crotty on why Republicans embrace simpletons and how it hurts America. Wikileaks Expose: Yasha Levine on the Kochs, neocons and covert regime change ops. The reluctant celebrities: Two quiet, celebrity-shy professors have reached the top of the economics field — with work that goes far beyond the profession’s usual labels. Building a better bug: Can scientists beat malaria by reengineering the mosquito? A look at Ms. readers’ 100 best non-fiction books of all time.
From Alternet, Sarah Jaffe on how the power of Occupy Wall Street is not just what they're doing, but how they're doing it; and what if they sent in social services to help occupations instead of riot cops to bust heads? Joshua Holland wonders. Malcolm Gladwell says the Occupy movement needs to get more Machiavellian. A philosophy for the protesters: The OWS movement grew out of the philosophical paradox that our financial system could not contain flaws. A look at how Republicans are being taught to talk about Occupy Wall Street. A first year Wall Street analyst writes to the 99 percent: "The finance industry is a scam". A look at how "We are the 99 percent" has joined the cultural and political lexicon. Guernica interviews Kalle Lasn, the editor in chief of Adbusters. The branding of the Occupy Movement: Kalle Lasn, editor of the Canadian magazine Adbusters, did not invent the anger that has been feeding the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, but he did brand it. Occupy movement becomes part of pop culture, spreading beyond street demonstrations and into a niche a bit more close to home. Cord Jefferson on the black millionaires of Occupy Wall Street. Arundhati Roy talks about why she is drawn to the Occupy movement and the need to reclaim language and meaning. Will Wilkinson on the Occupy movement's enthusiasm and contempt for democracy. Anarchy in the U.S.A.: Matthew Continetti on the roots of American disorder. David Graeber on Occupy Wall Street's anarchist roots: The Occupy movement is one of several in American history to be based on anarchist principles. Life after occupation: From Mobile, Ala., to Chicago, lessons in the importance of holding territory. Occupy the Future: A forum on lessons to be drawn from the Occupy movement.