FDL Book Salon Welcomes Paul Street, They Rule: The 1% vs. Democracy

By: Sunday November 2, 2014 1:59 pm

Since Barack Obama announced his intention to run for president in 2007, Paul Street has distinguished himself as one of candidate Obama and President Obama’s most consistent critics from the left. At a time when many liberals were starry-eyed about the possibilities for an Obama presidency, Street was documenting Obama’s commitment to a pro-business, neoliberal agenda.

Street’s writings on the Obama era are even more important now.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Erica Chenoweth, Maria J. Stephan, Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict

By: Sunday August 10, 2014 1:59 pm

In Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict, Erica Chenoweth and Maria J. Stephan review the scholarly literature on campaigns of popular and usually nonviolent resistance to undemocratic regimes in modern nations, including Iran, Burma, Palestine, and Israel. A table at the end and an online appendix refer to many other instances of nonviolence.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Deena Stryker, Lunch with Fellini, Dinner with Fidel: An Illustrated Personal Journey from the Cold War to the Arab Spring

By: Saturday August 2, 2014 1:59 pm

Ms. Stryker surely has an FBI/CIA/NSA file as thick as a Beijing phone book, and from the perspective of the 1%, deservedly so, which makes her a true modern day heroine in my eyes. Her life story is one of the most fascinating, adventurous, rebellious and romantic ones that I’ve ever vicariously experienced, reading her autobiography Lunch with Fellini, Dinner with Fidel, and one that I will not soon forget.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes John Anderson, In Search of a Revolution: Occupy Austin in Photographs and Text

By: Sunday March 30, 2014 1:59 pm

What makes the book stand out from other photographic Occupy chronicles is Anderson’s meticulous documenting of the undercover police infiltrators. An appendix in the back of the book points out each officer’s appearance in the book, and even includes the text messages they shared while undercover. In recent months, with less to photograph Anderson has made a second career out of using open records requests to investigate the inner workings of the police surveillance of nonviolent political protest.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes David Graeber, The Democracy Project: A History, A Crisis, A Movement

By: Saturday April 27, 2013 1:59 pm

It is a breath of fresh air to find an account of the Occupy movement that is avowedly radical instead of liberal, optimistic instead of regretful or bitter, and based on a first-hand insider perspective. The origins of Occupy Wall Street have become much contested, and at this point it is a badge of pride for some to say they were there at Zuccotti Park on the first day, September 17, 2011. But David Graeber was there long before that, at the first General Assembly in New York following Adbusters’ call – which, as he tells it, was almost hijacked so that it was not a GA at all but rather yet another rally with designated speakers, until he and other anarchist-leaning “horizontals” who were there dragged it back on course.

Police Officers Who Pepper Sprayed and Punched Occupy Wall Street Protesters Will Not Be Charged

By: Monday April 22, 2013 8:30 am

Try to contain your surprise, the police officers who brutalized Occupy Wall Street protesters will not face criminal charges. Apparently it is crime to protest but not to beat up protesters despite any reasonable reading of the law leading one to the opposite conclusion.

Records Confirm FBI Targeted Occupy Protests, Categorized as Terrorist Activity

By: Monday December 24, 2012 5:40 am

Records released by the FBI via a Freedom of Information Act request confirm earlier accusations of political policing regarding the Occupy movement. Even more disturbing, personnel within the FBI invoked the term “domestic terrorism” when referring to non-violent protests while also coordinating opposition to the protests with banks and other private firms.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Chris Hedges, Days of Destruction Days of Revolt

By: Saturday September 15, 2012 1:59 pm

Let’s just be very clear right up front, Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco may have both collected their share of mainstream awards, like Pulitzers, American Book Awards, and the like, but with this book, Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, they remove any doubt about whether they are “celebrity couriers,” as they derisively term a lot of what is left of the mainstream, main street journalists out there today slapping whitewash on poverty and helping spin the machinery that manufactures rose-colored glasses. They have traveled through some of the hellholes on the dark side of the American economic reality and they are angry about the whole damn thing, fired up, fed up, and desperately looking hard for a fight. This book needs to be read, and it needs to sell very well because these guys are pretty much unemployable now. Trust me, I know this!

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ted Rall, The Book of O(bama): From Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt

By: Sunday July 1, 2012 1:59 pm

It’s July 1, 2012. We’re rapidly approaching the fourth anniversary of the murder of the American middle class, the Dark Times when our corporate-controlled government, draped in the disguise of democracy, announced in (allegedly) Willie Sutton fashion, that the only way to save the country from financial ruin was to transfer all of our life savings into the offshore bank accounts of the 1%-ers like Jamie “Diamonds” Dimon, Lloyd “Blank Check” Blankfein, Vikram “the Bandit” Pandit, and Ken “Platinum Parachute” Lewis. Distracted by the presidential election circus of 2008, the American citizenry sat passively by as BushCo, having already looted the U.S. Treasury to pay for the administration’s Iraq Follies, decided now that they had gotten theirs, it was the banksters’ turn. The country was forced to watch, locked out of their bank-foreclosed homes as the government rehabilitated these murderers, this time by robbing from the private sector.

Two months later, Barack Obama, the one-term Senator from Illinois whose rhetoric soared (but whose resume was a bit thin on the ground), won the Presidency, beating out the cranky old man who shook his fist at the clouds. Hope and change were in the air.

Keeping Cool at the Occupy National Gathering #NATGAT

By: Thursday June 21, 2012 2:25 pm

The Occupy National Gathering is almost here — just in time for a brutal heat wave.

From June 30th to July 4th, Occupy activists from around the country will meet at Philadelphia’s Independence Mall for a week of activism and movement building, culminating in a 99 mile march from Philadelphia to Wall Street!

#NatGat organizers anticipate thousands to attend, camp out, and engage in sleepful protests on city sidewalks.

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