Introduction: Is This What Democracy Looks Like?

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 This dossier takes its cue from one of the Occupy movement’s bedrock slogans, “This Is What Democracy Looks Like” (though the catchword was first nurtured, as were many Occupy paradigms, […]

Their Fight Is Our Fight: Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring, and New Modes of Solidarity Today

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Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring, and New Modes of Solidarity Today

This is What Democracy Feels Like: Tea Parties, Occupations and the Crisis of State Legitimacy

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In January of 2012, NBC Politics hosted an online debate between three members of the Tea Party movement and three members of the Occupy movement. Moderated by MSNBC daytime anchor […]

Occupy’s Alliance With Labor

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When Occupy Wall Street (Occupy or OWS) emerged, it seemed that organized labor would be a likely ally. Both aimed at shifting the balance of power between the sources of […]

Occupy Wall Street and Consensus Decision Making: Historicizing the Preoccupation With Process

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Occupy Wall Street (OWS) has given the consensus decision-making process a new lease on life by introducing the procedure to a new generation of organizers as well as thousands of […]

A Queer Home in the Midst of a Movement? Occupy Homes, Occupy Homemaking

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It was a while before we came to realize that our place was the very house of difference rather than the security of any one particular difference. (And often, we […]

For Democracy, Strike Debt: Resonances of Abolition in the Occupy Movement

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How do social movements move? Tiqqun, the French collective that authored The Coming Insurrection, suggests that “movements do not spread by contamination,” but by “resonance” between radical moments, and that […]

The Islamic Republic of Iran Loves OWS: Is This What Solidarity Looks Like?

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Prominent among the many democratic impulses unleashed by the Occupy Movement has been the desire to challenge dominant narratives of the world in which we live, narratives that not only […]

The Question of Infrastructure: An Interview with Michael Ralph

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Editor’s Note: This interview was conducted on October 3, 2012, mere weeks before Hurricane Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, New Jersey, bringing with it a widespread infrastructural crisis the […]

Democracy and Debt

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Anyone can spot the conventional indicators of a failing democracy. An elected government suspends guarantees such as free speech, privacy, or habeas corpus, usually citing some shadowy foreign threat. Persons […]

Policing Political Protest: Paradoxes of the Age of Austerity

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“We received notice from the owners of Zuccotti Park,” went the incantatory call on the People’s Mic in the predawn darkness of October 14, 2011. We—we thousands—repeated the phrase in […]

Not Your Academy: Occupation and the Futures of Student Struggles

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This essay has been tasked by the editors of this dossier with answering what it would mean should the Occupy movement’s contributions to radical democracy permeate contemporary student struggles. This […]

Into the Storm: Occupy Sandy and the New Sociality of Debt

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In late October 2012, after the completion of this dossier, Superstorm Sandy wrecked much of the East Coast, including the greater New York City area. Now, nearly two months since […]