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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Reinventing Conservatism?

According to one of the theorists reputed to be behind the recent Occupation of Wall Street:

The process is what scholars of anarchism call "direct action." For example, instead of petitioning the government to build a well, members of a community might simply build it themselves. It is an example of anarchism's philosophy, or what Mr. Graeber describes as "democracy without a government."

Wait a moment… Isn't doing something yourself instead of waiting for a government to do it also known as “capitalism”?

On the other hand, we also see:

Soon after the magazine Adbusters published an appeal to set up a "peaceful barricade" on Wall Street, Mr. Graeber spent six weeks in New York helping to plan the demonstrations before an initial march by protesters on September 17, which culminated in the occupation.

Does this mean they have no objection to a “peaceful barricade” around Zuccotti Park?

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