(Cagle 2012) Activists and anarchists speak for themselves at Occupy Oakland


Cagle, Susie. Activists and anarchists speak for themselves at Occupy Oakland. Truthout. 2012 Feb 8. Available from: http://www.truth-out.org/occupy-oakland/1328726021. Accessed 2012 Oct 25. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/6Bgkkfwr8.

Cagle responds to the Chris Hedges “cancer” article, illustrating her points from the recent history of Occupy Oakland, which she had covered extensively. She criticizes Hedges for a number of errors of fact, including the misconstrual of the black bloc as a persistent clique or sect, when in reality it is a tactic that can be adopted by an individual activist on some occasions of action and not others. The black-bloc tactic is used by activists of more than one political philosophy, not solely by anarchists. Cagle also points out that the perception of actions as “violent” or not involves a great deal of interpretation, and is strongly influenced by factors other than actual behavior.

 

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