LIBERTY SQUARED: A Multiplicity of Voices from the Occupy Movement

We're pleased to introduce to you a zine compiled by local folks who have been engaged in and thinking about the occupy movement.  Pick up a paper edition at Food for Thought Books or download one here at Valley Art Share.  


INTRODUCTION
   

Hot Topic sells Che Guevara underwear. You can get a beaded curtain with Frida Khalo’s face on it at the mall. Again and again, when radicals get singled out as leaders, capitalism finds a way to suck them back into the fold, selling their dissent back to us.

Capitalist logic goes: if you can’t beat ‘em, turn ‘em into heroes.

American media is obsessed with cranking out heroes -- super heroes, action heroes, war heroes, revolutionary heroes -- because heroes are perfectly sellable. They can be individually wrapped and sold separately. They can be isolated and confined. They can be used to knock whole movements down, in that they come to represent the movement in society’s eyes -- and an individual, no matter how glorious, is much easier to bring down than a mass of people working together. Heroes are tragic.

Unsurprisingly, the media has tried to make heroes out of Occupy. Local media in the valley hasn’t been an exception, with left-leaning publications such as...

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