This 2012 book is a collection of essays and writings from a wide variety of activists and thinkers; e.g., Paul Krugman; Michael Lewis; Matt Taibbi; Barbara Ehrenreich; Paul Volcker; Chris Hedges, etc. The first section of the book considers precursors of OWS (e.g., the Townsend Club movement which led to the passage of Social Security); the second part covers the present; the third part covers "actions." Or, "The Occupy Handbook offers, first, analysis of precedent, then a look at the here and now, and, finally, a view of how we might proceed." (Pg. xxii)
One essayist notes that "the history of Wall Street is a series of booms and busts. After each blowup, the firms that survive temporarily shy away from risky ventures and cut back on leverage. Over time, the markets recover their losses, memories fade, spirits revive, and the action starts up again, until, eventually, it goes too far. The mere fact that Wall Street poses less of an immediate threat to the rest of us doesn't mean it has permanently mended its ways." (Pg. 71-72)
Another observes that "At the heart of the Occupy Wall Street movement is the critique that wealth and opportunity are not equitably distributed, and our media system, largely controlled by corporations, contributes to the status quo." (Pg. 263) Another suggests that "Occupation is primarily a cultural movement, one that transcends politics; or that is how it wishes to be seen... Occupation seeks to address our spiritual yearnings, our domestic ideals, our economic needs." (Pg. 272)
One person interviewed stated that Occupy Wall Street "starts from a disillusion about government action, (but) comes with the constructive feeling that there must be a way the government can make things better." (Pg. 312)
This fascinating and very helpful collection will certainly expand one's view of the Occupy movement, and will be of considerable interest to all persons interested in progressive politics.