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How We Make Decisions

The Occupy Movement aims to be democratic. That means that everyone can participate in making decisions. So how can decisions be made in a way that facilitates diversity, participation and not to mention good decisions?

Some advocate consensus as the democratic gold standard and insist that all decisions must be made in this way. Some[...]

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A critical video report on Haldane’s talk

 
A Polly Tikkle Production

The main stream press was eager to quote Andy Haldane, the Executive Director of Financial Stability for The Bank Of England, when he publicly announced that Occupy was right. However Andy Haldane’s proposed reform strands, which he memorably calls the 5C’s, do not go very far in addressing what Occupy[...]

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A grey new world

 
Tom Moriarty, musician and Occupier considers the abandonment of the arts in education.
I am fascinated by the words of Nick Serota, Director of the Tate Gallery in a newspaper article today.    In the piece he talks about the success and popularity of the Tate and the threat of the arts being sidelined in[...]

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People’s Library defies Tory vandals _ Photo Report by Peter Arkell

 
When Tory-controlled council closed Friern Barnet library in north London, they gave 24 hours notice. Then, in an act of sheer vandalism, the shelves were cleared and the books removed. Now a People’s Library is up and running. Photo report by Peter Arkell.
When the Tory-controlled council closed Friern Barnet library in April, local[...]

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Pledge “Boycott-Amazon”

“I will boycott Amazon this Christmas but only if 50,000 other people will do the same.”
— Stephen Reid, UK Uncut
The latest from the UK Uncutters. Stephen Reid has started a pledge to boycott Amazon this Christmas and hopes to gain another 50,000 people to come alongside.
We have shown Starbuck’s the power of[...]

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Born to be poor

It’s tempting to say ‘when will this government learn’ however then one thinks about the government and it’s not so much ignorance as arrogance.   It seems then that post the introduction of the £80bn Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) over the summer the chief beneficiaries have been, yes you guessed it, the banks.   The FLS[...]

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Honey for the bees

Musician and Occupier, Tom Moriarty reflects on George Osborne’s Autumn Statement

 
It is the day after the budget, well the Autumn Statement, and what can I say.  Without going into the details one can say that this statement is more to do with the character of the man as oppose to the character of[...]

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Rivers of gold

Musician, Ex City worker and Occupier, Tom Moriarty, reflects on the implications of government intentions to sell off rivers and reservoirs…
 
I have to write about this one because this is exactly the kind of thing I fear is the long-term repercussions of the banking crisis and the imbalances in the current economic “arrangement.”  [...]

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Occupy Strategy

A Review by Mark Weaver
Occupy Strategy written by Michael Albert, Jessica Azulay and David Marty is the concluding volume in the Fanfare For the Future trilogy. The previous two volumes Occupy Theory and Occupy Vision build the intellectual framework and foundation for Occupy Strategy but the book remains perfectly accessible on its own. It[...]

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