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Category: Economy

Occupy Occupy?

by WS Editors | May 1, 2012 | Economy, Politics

There has been little media coverage of the tension between the Occupy Wall Street movement and the progressive institutions—such as MoveOn.org, the AFL-CIO, the United Auto Workers, SEIU, and Rebuild the Dream—that are working together as 99% Spring. Adbusters, the Vancouver-based anti-corporate collective that incited the September 2011 Occupy protest, warns that the movement is being […]

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Extremely Loud, Incredibly White, and Targeting the Occupy Movement

by WS Editors | Mar 1, 2012 | Economy, Politics

First, an attempt to define the odd bubble in which CPAC exists. I am sitting in the press gallery listening to Iowa Congressman Steve King tell a crowd of 3,500 that he orders his interns to replace the energy-efficient light bulbs in his Capitol office with “black-market Edison light bulbs.” “The janitors, Nancy’s [Pelosi] Stasi […]

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After the Fall

by Geoff Rips | Dec 15, 2011 | Books, Economy

As Lawrence Lessig explains in Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress — and a Plan to Stop It (TWELVE, 383 pp., $26.99), the disastrous nibble for American democracy was the change in the relationship between money and power. It may not have been a fall from Eden, but it was a headlong descent from the […]

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At the Onset of Winter, Questions for a Bullish Movement

by Todd Gitlin | Dec 1, 2011 | Culture, Economy

It’s been ten weeks since, on September 17, a few hundred pioneers plunked themselves down in Zuccotti Park (more a patch of sunless concrete than a park, actually), renaming it Liberty Square and turning it into a sort of communal homestead and visible sore spot, reminding those who needed reminding that the wildness of markets […]

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From Zero to 20,000 On Wall Street

by WS Editors | Nov 1, 2011 | Economy, Legal Affairs

She composed herself, told me to read Ross Sorkin’s article in the Times, and turned her attention to the two young women leading the general assembly. After watching this movement from up close for two days in October, as well as from afar, I find myself in agreement with the government regulator who feels compelled […]

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