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Lewis Lapham has compiled an Occupy Wall Street reading list that lends some historical perspective to the #OWS movement. As Lapham has reminded us in the past, via Goethe, “He who cannot draw on three thousand years is living hand to mouth.” Here’s his list:
American Colossus—H. W. Brands The Barbaric Heart—Curtis White The Relentless Revolution—Joyce Appleby Theory of the Leisure Class—Thorstein Veblen Folklore of Capitalism—Thurman Arnold The Big Short—Michael Lewis Merchant of Venice—William Shakespeare Rameau’s Nephew—Denis Diderot Age of Greed—Jeff Maddrick The Politicos—Matthew Joseph Are We Rome?—Cullen Murphy Letter to Commodore Vanderbilt, Letter to the Children Who Sit in Darkness—Mark Twain Money and Class in America—Lewis H. Lapham
"Occupy Wall Street, despite its punchy logo and Twitter hashtag, hasn’t been the galvanizing turning point its rhetoric promised. At best it’s been a Rorschach for rage. There’s plenty of that in the world, but that’s not the same as a coherent market—nor is getting noticed the same as getting something done."
Consumer Republic author Bruce Philp on what he sees as the failures of the Occupy Wall Street movement.
David Suzuki was at Occupy Montreal, an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement:
“Do we want justice? Do we want greater equity? Do we want environmental protection? Those are the kinds of things that I’m interested in. And if that’s part of what this movement is, then it’s a very exciting moment…This is about the future for these young people, [which] is being sacrificed for the sake of the corporate agenda right now. And I’m delighted to see people saying, We’re going to take that back—take this country back!”
"People out there do not need media figures to tell them how f**ked things are, or how pissed they should be that the same bankers who caused the crash are now enjoying state-supported bonuses in the billions, while everyone else gets squeezed. As someone who has been covering this stuff for three years, I can say with confidence that people across the country don’t need a push to be angry. They’re already there, and have been there for years. Rush [Limbaugh] should go hang out outside a foreclosure court in his home state of Florida for a few hours, if he wants to see where the rising heat under these protests is coming from."
Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi in his blog post, “Why Rush Limbaugh Is Freaking Out About Occupy Wall Street.”