Archive for juin 2013
Looking Back on Occupy
1. Your assessment of the Occupy movement was very positive. What is the overall perception you have of this movement today? What is left of Occupy?
Ken Knabb – There is not much left of the Occupy movement as such — almost all the encampments were destroyed in November or December 2011 and virtually no new ones have emerged. On the other hand, the movement was in no way “defeated.” With few exceptions, the people arrested were quickly released and totally exonerated. The elimination of the encampments simply had the effect of forcing the participants onto other, more diverse terrains of struggle. Countless people all over the country continue to meet regularly, to network with each other and to carry out all sorts of actions — picketing banks, disrupting corporate board meetings, blocking home foreclosures, protesting environmental policies (Monsanto, Tar Sands Pipeline, fracking, etc.), in addition to more specifically “occupy” type actions such as attempting to take over and reopen schools and libraries that have been closed and abandoned, or “Homes Not Jails” attempted takeovers of vacant housing to provide dwellings for homeless people. One of the most interesting and well planned of these latter types of actions, “Occupy the Farm,” took place just a few blocks from my home last April, when ecological activists took over a large plot of vacant urban land and turned it into a community garden, planting more than ten thousand seedlings in the space of a few days. The gardener-occupiers were driven out after three weeks, but the agitation continues and has resulted in a temporary victory against a planned commercial development. [November note: Since the completion of this interview the immense disaster relief work of Occupy Sandy is yet another very important and exemplary development.] Lire la suite »
« Ricardo Flores Magón : utopie et mythe du communisme au Mexique »,
L’Échaudée n°2 (automne-hiver 2012)
[…] « Dans un premier temps, Flores Magón, considérant les communautés indigènes, prenait en compte la réaction spontanée, «instinctive», de celles-ci à l’industrialisation, y compris dans certaines zones, comme Morelos, où opèrera Emiliano Zapata à partir de 1911, et où fut installée une industrie sucrière, très moderne, technologiquement parlant. Avec le développement du capitalisme, nombre des membres de ces communautés se prolétarisent, en devenant ouvriers agricoles. Organisation et évolutions naturelles, héritées d’un passé ancestral, Magón, le signalait clairement : «Il y a jusqu’à vingt cinq ans, les communautés vivaient dans le « communisme primitif.» Et c’est cela qui va être détruit par le capitalisme.