The Crisis: A View from Occupied America

Authors

  • William K. Tabb

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-064-04-2012-08_2

Keywords:

Political Economy

Abstract

The theme of the 2012 Left Forum, "Occupy the System—Confronting Global Capitalism," calls for a historical imagination informed by a realistic sense of where we are. To occupy the system is first to be aware of the system as a system—a system of unequal privilege and control. It requires that we occupy the narrative of public debate, which is something the Occupy movement, to a remarkable degree, has been able to achieve. Even President Obama, who so far has followed the economic policies of his Wall Street-friendly advisers, has used campaign rhetoric taken from Occupy Wall Street. But this time around voters are hardly convinced that the "Change" Obama promised last election will happen through the existing system. The breath of fresh air from Occupy and related activism challenges corporate power and capitalism.

Published

2012-09-02

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