Occupy Suburbia (and the "American Dream")

At the time that I have posted this, the most commonly used tag in this blog has certainly been “food systems.” While it is important to recognize how conventional food production has altered the way that human societies have subsided on and related to their land, there is another major way in which humans interact with their landscapes.  We inhabit them.  Now, though it is no secret that the bursting of the housing bubble and the following waves of foreclosures was tightly linked to the same financial institutions which have [Read More]

Dec 092011
 
The Others

When media produces images of certain groups of people, it wields a power to shape public opinion of that group.  When the Occupy movement is discussed by those not directly involved in one of the protests, the occupiers are regularly referred to as “they.”  Dividing them from us in this way is a profound example of the power of media to make people with new ideas into the other.  This is not new, an ability to assign other status.  This image is intended to display that tendency to othering in [Read More]

 
The Empire Strikes Back

On December 7th, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper announced the North American Common Security Deal. How do you feel about this? Do you perceive this as the first phase to consolidate our nations into one “new modern order” (e.g. new world order). Do you foresee this plan as the first phase to open the door for mass corporate take over of Canada’s farming and resources industry? Let’s hear your opinion on this important issue! Also, as you watch the video, take notice of 2:40 (it sounded as if he [Read More]

 

Occupy Movement vs. the Russian Revolution     While following the Occupy Movement these last few months something that really struck me was the similarity between this movement and the Russian Revolution that took place during the early twentieth centuries. Specifically, the division of wealth in Russia at the time, and how it played a major role in changing the political, social, and cultural aspects of Russia. To further illustrate the similarities between the Russian Revolution and the Occupy Wall Street Movement, I decided to research the Russian Revolution, the [Read More]

 

By sociologist William Robinson, a good historically contextualizing piece on global elites and their reaction to change.

Nov 302011
 

Below is a video clip which exposes the people behind the financial crisis that sparked the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Director’s Statement: “Generations of American taxpayers have bailed out today’s big banks to the tune of $12 trillion (New York Times, July 2011). That is $83,000 p American taxpayer, plus interest. Still today, the big banks gamble with government (taxpayer) backing – a ‘heads I win, tails you lose’ scenario. This absurd scenario obliterates any notion of a true free-market society, we are slowly being reduced to a feudal society: [Read More]