Occupy Theory

What is a Revolution?

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“Marx said that revolutions are the locomotive of world history. But perhaps things are very different. It may be that revolutions are the act by which the human race traveling in the train applies the emergency brake.” Walter Benjamin’s words perfectly fit what occurred around the globe in 2011 and in many places before this, and much further south, from Chiapas and Oaxaca Mexico to Argentina. Our movements are the shouting of “No!” The “Ya Basta!” The “Que Se Vayan Todos!” They are our collective refusal to remain passive in an untenable situation. And so we pull the emergency brake, freeze time and begin to open up and create something new. We are not even sure what that something is. We know we want to create open space. What that looks like we are discovering together, as we create, which is also how we create: together, horizontally and with affect. What we are doing and how we are doing it are inextricably linked, and both are part of this prefigurative movement.

Marina Sitrin, OccupyTheory.org

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only frightened fools believe the hollywood-style horseshit coming out of aurora "military-american-safe-community", colorado these days. or, don't you think the joker laughs at you.

Yukon Cornileus

There will be no revolution, sad and mad leftists are not going to take over, most people couldn't care less about your sadness and your anger. It all seems very pathetic to normal people.


Yup. I agree. But the fear will not abide, as demonstrated by the fact that you still keep messaging this board.


Uncle Sam and his mates keep posting their stuff - Adbusters must be on to something that concerns them.


there are so few total comments here that I would be wary about drawing any conclusions re uncle sam or anyone else for that matter, sample size and all that


There is a right-winger by the name of "Uncle Sam". He loves to hate and attack Occupy, Adbusters or anyone that protests about the present system/Rat Race - isn't he a bit like someone else?


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