Finding the Courage for “Wow”

UN mission chief warns of civil war after 116 massacred in Syria

Originally posted on National Post | News:
UNITED NATIONS — A total of 116 people were killed in a massacre in the Syrian town of Houla, the head of the UN mission in Syria, Major General Robert Mood, told the UN Security Council Sunday, diplomats said. Another 300 people were injured in the incident, Mood told…

Marc Miller, California

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Spain is Different: Sol and the Kilometer Zero

Originally posted on urbanculturalstudies:
As a scholar of literature and culture with an interest in urban cultural studies, mutual (re)production of the material and the metaphoric is always of interest to me. On Saturday, the events associated with the first anniversary of the Indignado movement in the Puerta de Sol in Madrid began. They are…

The “Wretched” of Oakland

Originally posted on SOC 331: Foundations of Sociological Theory:
There’s growing talk of the “splintering” of Occupy. Like other social movements, Occupy is divided between reformists and radicals.  Anarchists or anarchist principles have been particularly influential in shaping the radical strain of Occupy.   Recently, attention has focused on the rift between “anarchists,” specifically “black bloc anarchists,”…

Inspire hope

This is what you shall do: love the earth and sun, and animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence towards the people, take off your hat to nothing … Continue reading

Why Occupy Wall Street Is a Disaster for the Obama Administration By Barry Rubin

  I want to keep this brief so I’m not going to present a lot of supporting information — I’ll leave that for my next book, Silent Revolution, about how the far left first hijacked liberalism and key institutions, then hijacked America — but I hope you’ll see why the following argument makes sense. The great … Continue reading

May Day’s Radical History: What Occupy Is Fighting for This May 1st

NYPD Raided Activists’ Homes Before May Day Protests by SOURCE on MAY 2, 2012 · 0 COMMENTS in AMERICAN EMPIRE, CIVIL RIGHTS, ORGANIZING, POLITICS Editor: Here’s a disturbing report about how New York police raided the homes of activists preparing for the May Day protests on the day before.  By Adrian Chen / Gawker / April 30, 2012 A day before Occupy Wall Street hopes to shut … Continue reading

Beware of unruly factions

Originally posted on The Contemplative Thinker:
While a black preacher told 100 immigration protesters that incarcerated blacks and detained immigrants faced similar challenges, Jesse Morgan stood to one side of the May Day demonstrators, holding a large sign that read “Radical Queers Resist.” (See Madison on Factions.) Although the rally was geared toward illegal immigrants,…