[act-ma] 10/27 Author Presentation: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street (Sunday evening at e5)
suren at fairjobs.org
Tue Oct 22 14:46:43 PDT 2013
Meet author Mark Bray speaking to his new book, Translating Anarchy: The
Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street.
Sunday, October 27, 2013, 6:00 p.m. at encuentro5
9 Hamilton Place, Suite 2A, Boston, MA 02018 <http://events.encuentro5.org>
You can also connect with Mark in the movement-building plenary at the
close of the Digital Media Conference on Saturday, October 26,
Translating Anarchy tells the story of the anti-capitalist
anti-authoritarians of Occupy Wall Street who strategically communicated
their revolutionary politics to the public in a way that was both
accessible and revolutionary. By “translating” their ideas into everyday
concepts like community empowerment and collective needs, these anarchists
sparked the most dynamic American social movement in decades.
- Bray’s meticulous, rich insider account of Occupy Wall Street
demonstrates the central influence of anarchism on its core militants, but
refuses to shy away from drawing hard lessons from its limitations.
Anarchism, he convincingly argues, must position itself as an everyday
movement of the ‘ordinary’ folks who alone can change the world – this
requires a positive, practical programme and message, self-reflective and
accountable politics, solid organisation, and clear tactics and strategy.
* ~ Lucien van der Walt (Rhodes University), co-author of Black Flame:
The Revolutionary Class Politics of Anarchism and Syndicalism*
- In Translating Anarchy Mark Bray provides unique insight into the
inner workings and politics of OWS and its interactions with the press and
the public. The book not only describes how OWS “strategically articulated
our politics” to the press and public, but provides an inside narrative of
key OWS events; delineates the strands of anarchist and other thought that
contributed to its political orientation; and draws lessons regarding key
but controversial OWS approaches to the role of demands, the process of
consensus, violence and non-violence, and other critical questions for
future radical organizing. Straightforward and non-academic but in fact
scholarly and historically informed, it provides an often witty good read.
It is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the OWS phenomenon or
who may ever interpret social movements for the public and the media.* ~
Jeremy Brecher, author of Strike! and Save the Humans?*
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