The Call Up

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April 30, 2012 9:02 am
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During the past thirty years, he says, we’ve adopted the view that politics and markets were actually allied: freedom in one realm meant freedom in the other. The result of this idea, along with the increasing influence of business within both political parties, was a series of policies that deregulated national currencies and banking systems and enabled the globalized economy of the Superclass.

Meanwhile, the overwhelming majority of people still live in specific places and depend on local and national governments for social benefits, beginning with items as basic as stable currencies. Globalization, in its present form, strengthens a cadre of very large businesses that Rothkopf calls “supercitizens,” and diminishes government, which is becoming, in his nice phrase, “too small to succeed.” The result is that “there has been a decoupling of the interests of supercitizens and those of the ordinary people around them, between those who represent the views of people who must necessarily live within borders and those for whom borders no longer have meaning, between those who require jobs and capital flows and those who view people, villages, cities, and states as economic options, part of a constantly changing calculus in which efficiencies and profits rule.”

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Thomas Friedman already wrote this book ten years ago, but it rings more true today. 

(Source: newyorker.com)

November 30, 2011 9:52 am
"If you’re able to come up with a very sexy sounding hash tag like we did for Occupy Wall Street, and you come up with a very magical looking poster that seems to have something very profound about it, these devices push these memes, these meta memes, into the public imagination in a very powerful way,” he told Yardley with a hint of self-congratulation. “That’s what it’s all about: may the best memes win."

A powerful breakdown of a couple of recent articles about the “creator” of Occupy Wall Street, Kalle Lasn.  I highly recommend the articles she cites (some of the demonstrator discussions quoted in the New Yorker piece actually made me dumber) as well as her analysis.  Notably, Lasn was an ad man.  Franklin takes that and runs with it drawing parallels to Mad Men’s success (can we say, tapping a cultural moment…or meme?).  Someone with high marks in style and sheen, but low on substance, hastily creates a movement with a Twitter hashtag and flashy poster.  Apparently that’s all it takes…substance is secondary.

(Source: tnr.com)

November 18, 2011 2:40 pm

Wait for the finale to really get pissed.  For the life of me, I simply do not get this.  Why go to these lengths?  Why give them a microphone?  Who cares if a bunch of people are sitting around downtown?  They’re not doing anything! Casey Neistat had this to say about his video: The police presence was overwhelming, more than I’ve ever seen - more than during the blackout, more than the days after September 11th.

November 16, 2011 5:38 am
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84-year-old Occupy Seattle participant Dorli Rainey, pictured above after being pepper sprayed by Seattle Police on November 15th.
She later wrote about the incident:
“Something funny happened on my way to a transportation meeting in Northgate. As I got off the bus at 3rd and Pine I heard helicopters above. Knowing that the problems of New York would certainly precipitate action by Occupy Seattle, I thought I better check it out. Especially since only yesterday the City Government made a grandiose gesture to protect free speech. Well free speech does have its limits as I found out as the cops shoved their bicycles into the crowd and simultaneously pepper sprayed the so captured protesters. If it had not been for my Hero (Iraq Vet Caleb) I would have been down on the ground and trampled. This is what democracy looks like. It certainly left an impression on the people who rode the No. 1 bus home with me. In the women’s movement there were signs which said: “Screw us and we multiply.’”


This is infuriating. I think mostly because that is easily something my grandmother would have done—oh I’ll just stop off and check out the demonstration on my way to the library. Why is sitting in a public space so threatening? I just don’t really get it. Also, I need a tshirt that reads: screw us and we multiply.

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84-year-old Occupy Seattle participant Dorli Rainey, pictured above after being pepper sprayed by Seattle Police on November 15th.

She later wrote about the incident:

“Something funny happened on my way to a transportation meeting in Northgate. As I got off the bus at 3rd and Pine I heard helicopters above. Knowing that the problems of New York would certainly precipitate action by Occupy Seattle, I thought I better check it out. Especially since only yesterday the City Government made a grandiose gesture to protect free speech. Well free speech does have its limits as I found out as the cops shoved their bicycles into the crowd and simultaneously pepper sprayed the so captured protesters. If it had not been for my Hero (Iraq Vet Caleb) I would have been down on the ground and trampled. This is what democracy looks like. It certainly left an impression on the people who rode the No. 1 bus home with me. In the women’s movement there were signs which said: “Screw us and we multiply.’”

This is infuriating. I think mostly because that is easily something my grandmother would have done—oh I’ll just stop off and check out the demonstration on my way to the library. Why is sitting in a public space so threatening? I just don’t really get it. Also, I need a tshirt that reads: screw us and we multiply.

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November 15, 2011 5:05 pm
"Man the NYPD really fucked this one up. Option 1: Leave Occupy Wall Street alone, let it die a slow and unnoticeable death as winter approaches and interest peters out. Irrelevance and national joke status achieved. Option 2: Plan and execute an organized and coordinated eradication of demonstrators. Sieze property, arrest reporters, lock out national media, bully demonstrators; and do it all in the middle of the night to further underline how much you don’t respect these people. Give protestors national platform, elicit sympathy nationwide, give a dying movement momentum."

Good call NYPD.  Seriously.