Noam Chomsky has advice for the Occupy movement, whose encampments all over the country are being swept away by police. The occupations were a “brilliant” idea, he says, but now it’s time to “move on to the next stage” in tactics. He suggests political organizing in the neighborhoods.
The Occupy camps have shown people how “to break out of this conception that we’re isolated.” But “just occupying” has “lived its life,” says the man who is the most revered radical critic of American politics and capitalist economics.
Chomsky gave his counsel answering questions in a small group after a speech Monday evening, December 12, in the 1000-seat Westbrook Middle School auditorium (a/k/a Westbrook Performing Arts Center), which was filled to capacity. The speech was sponsored by the University of New England’s Center for Global Humanities.
The Occupy movement’s repression, which Chomsky decried, has a saving grace, he said: the opportunity for it to expand more into “the 99 percent” by engaging people “face to face.”
“Don’t be obsessed with tactics but with purpose,” he suggested. “Tactics have a half life.”
"On behalf of all gays and lesbians living in Minnesota, I would like to wholeheartedly apologize for our community’s successful efforts to threaten your traditional marriage," John Medeiros, a gay Minneapolis resident who is reportedly involved in the city’s Intermedia Arts’ Queer Voices reading series, wrote in an open letter to Koch, a staunch same-sex marriage opponent. “We apologize that our selfish requests to marry those we love has cheapened and degraded traditional marriage so much that we caused you to stray from your own holy union for something more cheap and tawdry.”
I think every LGBT community should do this whenever an anti-equality politician cheats on his or her spouse.
My wife and I are planning to leave the South in a few years. I’d move now, but we really do need to take advantage of the stability of having two incomes for the first time ever. After we pay off some debt and save some money, we’ll be in a much better position to pack up and move away.
We’re looking for somewhere much more progressive and far less religious than Georgia. I think we might enjoy a college town since that’s what we’re used to. The top contenders at the moment are Vermont, Colorado, Washington, and Oregon. I don’t think I can convince my wife to suffer the cold of Vermont, but that’s my top pick. Are there any other places we should consider? I don’t want to move to a red state, so places like Asheville are out of the question. I’m sure Asheville is cool, but it’s surrounded by the type of people I’m trying to avoid. Athens is a great city too, but you still can’t avoid the crazies.
I’m a school librarian and my wife is a pharmacist, so I’m hoping finding a job won’t be super difficult. Does anyone know about job markets in those states I mentioned? Anyone ever lived in one of those states and have thoughts or advice?
“As I shopped for infant clothes for my first daughter, I was disgusted that almost everything was pink and there was no mistaking the boys’ section of the store from the girls’. I refused to make my baby daughter fit in the box that society had created for her. “What if she doesn’t like pink?” I thought. “What if she likes tigers and dinosaurs?”-Melissa Bollow Tempel