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Lessons from the 1960s: An Essay by Andrew Feenberg

The PDF file can be downloaded here

What can the Occupy Movement learn from the 60s? How did the New Left fail to mobilize a mass base? How did sectarianism divide them into weaker and weaker factions? Why could not they effect the changes they set out to make? Santayana says: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Therefore let us take a look at history and heed the warning.

Professor Andrew Feenberg provided an analytical account of the New Left Movement, as both a witness and an active participant. This essay, Paths to Failure: The Dialectics of Organization and Ideology in the New Left, is not only informative but also insightful. His dissection of psychological, emotional, as well as ideological pitfalls will have a sobering effect on enthusiastic members of any civil rights movement who wish to learn from the past.

The PDF file can be downloaded here

This article was submitted by Librarian Amy.  Thank you, Amy!

The Future of the Occupy Movement with Michael Stone

A brilliant speech with Michael Stone at Occupy Vancouver

The People’s Library is Safe! Occupy Vancouver moves 200 metres to Provincial Courthouse!

In an audacious new development, Occupy Vancouver has relocated to a new home to comply with the Court’s injunction! I’m happy to report that this scare has made our contingencies more robust than ever. Should we be forced to move again, we will likely be ready to resume service immediately from a temporary location.

Based on their first General Assembly at the new location, it seems the new location will give us a chance to deal with such issues as:

  • People smoking on site
  • Poor acoustics
  • Wind chill
  • Not being visible enough to the powers that be
  • Being a protest during a municipal election
  • Mud puddles

We are now located 200 metres to the West. The Library will resume operations very shortly. We apologise for the brief interruption of our services.

Cities for People, Not Profit! UBC Urban Studies Chair Elvin Wyly: The Right to the City

Elvin Wyly on The Right to the City at Occupy Vancouver, VAG. on November 12th, 20/11

 

For the Right to the City, Turn Left — Elvin Wyly at Occupy Vancouver

To Claim The Right to the City, Turn Left
Elvin Wyly, Nov 12, 2011, http://www.geog.ubc.ca/~ewyly/

Five weeks ago, a small group of committed activists went to Zucotti Park, a “privately owned public space” in New York City. At first, Occupy Wall Street was ignored. Then it was dismissed as just another protest by a few people on the far left fringe. No. This is a fringe of 99 percent. Occupations have spread to more than a thousand cities in a hundred countries around the world.

Can you hear us now?…

Full transcript available here!