It’s been difficult to keep up with events in recent days. Enter haggard movie voice: “It’s all happened so faaast!” Of course, it’s still happening. It’s also been hard to keep up with all the great analysis, writing, and ideas flooding the fiber optics. A few have caught my attention in recent days.
Occupy is implicitly a movement in which spatiality figures centrally. Appropriately, then, the journal Society and Space has opened an interesting forum on the movement, with many stellar contributions. But Ananya Roy makes the argument that the movement’s temporal dimensions—particularly its staking a claim on the future—is perhaps more instructive than its spatiality. With a hat-tip to yours truly, Stuart Elden explores the politics of the Guy Fawkes mask rebranding it “V for Visibility.” Eduardo Mendieta, meanwhile, reveals the praxis embedded in “occupy” itself as a word, a concept, and an action. Check out the many other provocative contributions and a few links to other related writings.
The Rag Blog chimed in with “Ten Immodest Commandments” for Occupy courtesy of Mike Davis—self-proclaimed “old fart” (his words, not mine)—who offers invaluable advice. I particularly liked his call for reinvigorating the additional move from Occupy Wall Street to Occupy Main Street—e.g. Dayton, Cheyenne, Omaha, and El Paso. He also makes the related argument that union participation in Occupy is “mutually transformative,” suggesting that “anti-capitalist protesters thus need to more effectively hook up with rank-and-file opposition groups and progressive caucuses within the unions.” And as far as demands, he notes that eventually we’ll have to formulate “demands [that] have the broadest appeal while remaining radical in an anti-systemic sense.”
Upcoming post: Occupy Verticality, Occupy as Volume