From Nonviolence to Service

Posted on Dec 2, 2015
From Nonviolence to Service

Leadership in Miki Kashtan’s Reweaving our Human Fabric I have never been comfortable with leadership. Nonetheless, there I was leading a five-day retreat with twenty-something seasoned leaders, activists, counselors, and other people more qualified than I was to lead it. On day four it cracked. Diverse expressions of a seething dissatisfaction rose to the surface […]

Why Occupy’s plan to cancel consumer debts is money well spent

Posted on Nov 12, 2012
Why Occupy’s plan to cancel consumer debts is money well spent

A new initiative is re-energising the Occupy movement. Called the Rolling Jubilee, it is a plan to use money from donations to buy distressed consumer debt from lenders at a marked down price, just as debt collection agencies normally would. But instead of hounding debtors for payments, it will simply cancel the debts. The hope […]

To Bear Witness and to Speak the Truth

Posted on Nov 28, 2011

(11/28/11) One of the recurrent debates within the Occupy movement is whether it should adhere strictly to non-violent methods, or rather embrace a “diversity of tactics” (including, presumably, violent ones). This debate is futile unless it considers a deeper question: “Tactics to achieve what?” Without clarity here, the question of non-violence becomes a debate about […]

Occupy Wall Street: No Demand is Big Enough

Posted on Nov 7, 2011
Occupy Wall Street: No Demand is Big Enough

Looking out upon the withered American Dream, many of us feel a deep sense of betrayal. Unemployment, financial insecurity, and lifelong enslavement to debt are just the tip of the iceberg. We don’t want to merely fix the growth machine and bring profit and product to every corner of the earth. We want to fundamentally […]