Happy New Year, welcome to 2012, the government can now arrest and detain you without a trial, indefinitely, it they suspect you of “terrorist activity.” We just received a false decline in unemployment, not because more people went to back to work, but because they just gave up looking for jobs.
Amidst feelings of powerlessness and political invisibility, the Occupy Movement rose, first in Zuccotti Park, in New York City’s Financial District. Soon the Occupy banner was being flown all across the US, Europe and the UK.
I met up with Shane Patrick, one of Occupy’s Public Relations operatives, to get the lowdown on the whole trip. You can follow Shane at @OccupyShane.
Check it out here http://everythingwentblack.podbean.com/
As a supplement to this podcast, Shane has provided a list of books and documentaries which will help inform you on some of the topics we discussed.
Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious
Power Grab in American History by Matt Taibbi
The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy by Howard Zinn
With Liberty & Justice For Some by Glenn Greenwald
Capitalism: A Love Story
Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train
This Is What Democracy Looks Like