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Occupy [Paperback]

Noam Chomsky
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3 May 2012

Occupy gives Noam Chomsky's thoughts on a movement which swept the world

'Occupy is the first major public response to thirty years of class war.'

Since its appearance in Zuccotti Park, New York, in September 2011, the Occupy movement has spread to hundreds of towns and cities across the world. No longer occupying small tent camps, the movement now occupies the global conscience as its messages spread from street protests to op-ed pages to the highest seats of power. From the movement's onset, Noam Chomsky has supported its critique of corporate corruption and encouraged its efforts to increase civic participation, economic equality, democracy and freedom.

Through talks and conversations with movement supporters, Occupy presents Chomsky's latest thinking on the central issues, questions and demands that are driving ordinary people to protest. How did we get to this point? How are the wealthiest 1% influencing the lives of the other 99%? How can we separate money from politics? What would a genuinely democratic election look like? How can we redefine basic concepts like 'growth' to increase equality and quality of life for all?

Occupy is another vital contribution from Chomsky to the literature of defiance and protest, and a red-hot rallying call to forge a better, more egalitarian future.

Noam Chomsky is the author of numerous bestselling political books, including Hegemony or Survival, Failed States, Interventions, Perilous Power, What We Say Goes, Imperial Ambitions, Making the Future, How the World Works, and Hopes and Prospects all of which are published by Hamish Hamilton/Penguin. He is a professor in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT, and is widely credited with having revolutionized modern linguistics. Chomsky has supported the initiatives of the Occupy movement from its first weeks. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 May 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0241964016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241964019
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.9 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By S Wood
"Occupy" is a selection of speeches (as well as one interview) made by veteran radical Noam Chomsky at Occupy events in the U.S. late last year.

The speeches are a mixture of Chomsky putting events into context, an extremely brief history of the Neoliberal era (the "Thirty Years of Class War" referred to in the title of this review), a eulogy for the late Howard Zinn (of A People's History of the United States fame) and some reluctant but sensible advice on avoiding common pitfalls and difficulties while organising and carrying forward the Occupy movement. A guide on what to do if your arrested at an occupy event in the U.S. (compiled by the National Lawyers Guild) has been helpfully included, and makes interesting reading even for those to whom it is not directly relevant.

This is a fine short (probably not much more than 10,000 words in total) collection, though readers may wish to skip it for (or subsequently move on to) some of his more recent and substantial works such as Hopes and Prospects, or return to his earlier classics such as Deterring Democracy, Year 501: The Conquest Continues or Manufacturing Consent. An interesting book for readers wishing to learn more about Occupy as well as the protests across Europe and the uprisings in the Arab World (which Chomsky touches upon) could do far worse than reading Paul Masons Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look 24 July 2012
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Excellent short collection of speeches / interviews. However due to the nature of it. It does repeat itself a little.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Occupy changes perspectives 12 Nov 2012
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I saw this book in Waterstones in Truro and sat down to read through. One hour later I had finished the book and ordered it for my kindle to re-read in greater depth. Norm Chomsky has one of those rare talents of grabbing your attention. His use of the English language and how he writes to express his thoughts, explaining and making clear our current times is both enlightening and revealing. The Occupy movement is one from our contemporary times and I am sure, in the dead of night, Alan Moore is enjoying the appropriation of the Guy Fawkes masks from his V for Vendetta story. A refreshing perspective on our austerity age and a wake up call to us all - no longer do we need to acquiesce to those who think of us as the silent majority, the great unwashed or even as plebs. This book is a must read as an unofficial sequel to Naomi Klein's 'The Shock Doctrine', acting as a new mediation between those who ran the factories and how 'we the people' begin to take back our power and responsibility, following in the footsteps of other countries, as revealed by Naomi, wishing and fulfilling emancipation from bureaucrats and shareholders, whose only goal is the worship their god 'profit'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars V for Vendetta but better 28 Mar 2014
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I love the Guy Fawkes masks at Occupy events and although Noam is no Roman Catholic he shares a hatred of the WASP world and how it arrogantly defies communism, the Papacy and Europe. The future will be different, immigration as made that inevitable, but will it be better? Noam thinks so - Louis XIV failed, Napoleon failed, Kaiser Bill failed, Hitler failed - but the next time id going to be different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it 8 Nov 2013
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Why, what, when and the future . As always a cutting analysis of the interaction of the haves and have nots.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but concise. 23 Sep 2013
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A very good opening read to the Occupy movement. It's just an over view giving the general reasoning and purpose of the movement but none the less, still worth a read.
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By fs
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Interesting to read Noam Chomsky in this light, only previously read about him in terms of lingusitics. An interesting overview of what occupy is about but doesn't go into much heavy detail about the issues, I would have liked more depth.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap, Quickly Received and Perfectly Readable. 15 May 2013
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USA CENTRIC, but it gives some interesting insights into how to, and why to, change the global working scene for the improvement of society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE UNSTOPABLE TEACHER
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Inequality Movement
A small collection of speeches and interviews with the activist Noam Chomsky about the movement Occupy Wall Street. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Birte Gam-jensen
4.0 out of 5 stars Overview of Occupy social movement.
Note that the book is the transcription of interviews of Noam Chomsky. It is not his own written text.
It is easy read and expresses the stand of anarcho-syndicalists well.
Published 13 months ago by A. Tetere
5.0 out of 5 stars Chomsky......what can I say?
Chomsky is one of the wisest people on the planet. Great that he is adding his weight to the Occupy movement. Read more
Published 15 months ago by marieoneill
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Stuff
After ordering this book to aid with my Government & Politics A level studies of Anarchism, I became thoroughly hooked. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jack Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Chomsky is one of the best minds in the world today in my opinion. He tells it like it is and is not ashamed to point out the real wrongdoings of a society and elite who are in the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mark Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
The author has very interesting points of views. I would recommend to people who like to see outside the box. Bought from amazon great customer service
Published 16 months ago by mohammad chowdri
1.0 out of 5 stars Transcript of casual Q&A, should be free
The Editors preface was good, followed by 80 page q&a transcript, interesting but nothing new here, I was expecting more
Published 17 months ago by S A HOWSON
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