(Myerson 2012) Occupy’s heiress


Myerson, J. A. Occupy’s heiress: Leah Hunt-Hendrix, the granddaughter of an oil and gas billionaire, is determined to radicalize America’s wealthy. Salon. 2012 Mar 17. Available from: http://www.salon.com/2012/03/17/occupys_heiress/singleton/. Accessed 2012 Mar 20. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/66Jnq0oaG.

Myerson profiles Leah Hunt-Hendrix, granddaughter of Texas tycoon H. L. Hunt, who despite her privileged background is a participant in the Occupy movement.
As a doctoral student at Princeton, she is writing her dissertation on solidarity; as might be expected, she has a particular interest in the ways in which sympathetic members of the upper classes can engage constructively in solidarity with movements of the oppressed, without co-opting or subverting them. She is highly critical of what she calls “this whole industry of philanthropy and the nonprofit-industrial complex” for failing to challenge the power dynamics underlying oppression.

 

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