(Graeber 2012) Occupy’s liberation from liberalism

Graeber, David. Occupy’s liberation from liberalism: the real meaning of May Day [Internet]. Guardian (UK). 2012 May 7. Available from: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/may/07/occupy-liberation-from-liberalism. Accessed 2012 May 8. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/67WSscC9w.

Graeber describes, and endorses, a shift in the strategic alliances of the Occupy movement from its inauguration in September 2011 to early May 2012. In its first months, Occupy was extensively covered in the mainstream news media, and forged alliances with well-financed liberal groups such as MoveOn, which attempted repeatedly to divert Occupy’s revolutionary efforts into electoral politics. When police began evicting Occupations en masse, liberal commentary and mainstream news coverage focused on isolated instances of property damage by the Occupiers, largely ignoring the systematic violence of the evictions. In response, Occupy shifted its strategic efforts to the formation of alliances with community groups and, especially, with labor unions, culminating in a joint solidarity statement for May Day 2012. According to Graeber, this statement signifies that some major unions “are signing on to the vision, if not the tactics, of revolutionary anarchism.”



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