Occupy Handbookby Janet Byrne
Pub. Date: 04/17/2012
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Analyzing the movement's deep-seated origins in questions that the country has sought too long to ignore, some of the greatest economic minds and most incisive cultural commentators - from Paul Krugman, Robin Wells, Michael Lewis, Robert Reich, Amy Goodman, Barbara Ehrenreich, Gillian Tett, Scott Turow, Bethany McLean, Brandon Adams, and Tyler Cowen to prominent
Analyzing the movement's deep-seated origins in questions that the country has sought too long to ignore, some of the greatest economic minds and most incisive cultural commentators - from Paul Krugman, Robin Wells, Michael Lewis, Robert Reich, Amy Goodman, Barbara Ehrenreich, Gillian Tett, Scott Turow, Bethany McLean, Brandon Adams, and Tyler Cowen to prominent labor leaders and young, cutting-edge economists and financial writers whose work is not yet widely known - capture the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon in all its ragged glory, giving readers an on-the-scene feel for the movement as it unfolds while exploring the heady growth of the protests, considering the lasting changes wrought, and recommending reform. A guide to the occupation, THE OCCUPY HANDBOOK is a talked-about source for understanding why 1% of the people in America take almost a quarter of the nation's income and the long-term effects of a protest movement that even the objects of its attack can find little fault with.
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On a personal level , financial issues such as taking out a mortgage you can’t afford with balloon payments off the charts, or signing up for student loans you know you will have to pay back for half of your life are foreign to me. Is individual financial inexperience something to be regulated by the government? Is it the responsibility of the financial institutions to control stupidity? I have worked hard to achieve the success I’ve earned and been financially responsible for my entire life. The credit for that goes to my parents and the way I was raised, coupled with my personal motivation. Charity demands I think of those who didn’t have the advantage of that upbringing. Enter the Occupy Handbook to open my eyes to other thought processes, varied opinions and possible changes for the future. Given the advantage of my personality and upbringing, I have to examine my own prejudice against those who complain about financial woes and this book is helping me widen my opinions. Do I agree with everything in the book? Absolutely not. Can I learn something from each author? Absolutely. I find this book insightful and informative and that’s always a good read. Enjoy!
The Occupy Handbook, a provocative collection of essays by Nobel Prize winning economists, writers, political figures, financial journalists and so many others, brings to mind the familiar quotation by the late poet June Jordan: ‘we are the ones we have been waiting for’ -- a line recently appropriated by many writers, and one used by the ‘occupiers’ that now inhabit our world in a new way. With so many of us asking: ‘where’s the outrage’, ‘where are the protests against the inequality and injustices that pervade our lives’, we now have an extremely diverse and insightful exploration of the roots of the ‘occupy’ movement, and a collection that emulates the non-hierarchical principles of this movement. Varied questions are posed, and we, as readers, can assess the equally varied responses by Paul Krugman, Robin Wells, Michael Lewis, Matt Tiabbi, Nouriel Roubini, Barbara Ehrenreich, Amy Goodman, Robert Reich, Paul Volcker, Rebecca Solnit, and Chris Hedges, and many others whose name are not so well-known. This timely and important book provides readers with the historical and political contexts -- expressed by many differing perspectives -- needed to come to their own conclusions.
For a 500 page book, I did not grow tired while reading all about the business and economic aspects of the Occupy Wall Street movement. I was a little disappointed that the anarchist view was not represented (as seen in the media by so many wearing the Guys Fawkes masks). Also not discussed were many of the initial reports of people concerned about their powerlessness to do anything about the climate crisis. All that aside, the book is very much worth reading. There are so many good ideas inside that deserve widespread discussion. I highly recommend this book!