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Occupy (Occupied Media Pamphlet Series)

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Dans Occupy, Chomsky souligne que l’un des plus grands succès du mouvement est de mettre les inégalités de la vie quotidienne à l’ordre du jour, influençant la presse, sensibilisant le public et le discours lui-même.
Paperback, 1st Edition, 128 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Zuccotti Park Press (first published 2012)
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This book is not written by Noam Chomsky per se, but is rather a compilation of transcripts from interviews he has done and speeches he has given relating to the Occupy Movement. There is a lot of information and insight in this book for anyone who is interested in the Occupy Movement and sympathises somewhat with its political direction, but anyone wanting a more in-depth analysis of the movement will not find it here. This is a mere pamphlet.
There is some repetition of points made in the few s...more
Rhys Parry
I have a similar set of reservations about this pamphlet as I do other Penguin specials that have been a compilation of transcripts (Ai Wewei Speaks). There is a certain level of redundancy with some of the transcripts and no unifying narrative.

This however can be overlooked because Chomsky is a commanding orator and his views on the Occupy movement are compelling. Occasionally there is a superficiality to his answers, and while he is excellent at showcasing the failings of the economic governe...more
Abdelmjid Seghir
When I bought the book a week ago in Rabat, I thought it was written by Noam Chomsky. When I started flipping thorough its first pages on the bus, I discovered it wasn’t actually written but SPOKEN by Chomsky. This pamphlet is a collection of Chomsky’s speeches and discussions with some Occupy militants where he answers their questions and provides insights for the movement.

The book is divided into 5 main sections: Occupy, After Thirty Years of Class War, InterOccupy, Occupying Foreign Policy an...more
Miguel David
"Occupy" is one of those books that has a lot of juice. I knew this when I found myself underlining on every second page. It's a small book by Noam Chomski though it is not written by him as it consists of a couple on interviews (of him) and his speech at the Occupy Boston a year ago.
Noam Chomski is a Linguistics professor at MIT and that comes out in the extremely concise and clear way with which he writes and speaks. His ideas, though sometimes tagged as "anarchist" are brave, clear and constr...more
Diego Castañeda
Noam Chomsky nos entrega un pequeño libro donde describe el porque del movimiento Occupy en Estados Unidos.

Se realiza una critica al neo liberalismo y sus políticas económicas como responsables de la creciente desigualdad en la sociedad y la acumulación de riqueza fuera de control que lleva a una acumulación de poder político y de la misma forma a generar ciertas hegemonías culturales que resultan no estar en beneficio la gran mayoría de la población y perpetúan e incrementan la desigualdad daña...more
Христо Блажев
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От трибуната на своята репутация Чомски сипе огън и жупел връз политическата класа, нагласените избори, изчезващата демокрация, разпалването на консумеризма, на оглупяващия стремеж към забавления и всички други добре познати недостатъци на САЩ. На няколко места той все пак признава, че американците като цяло са далеч по-добре от повечето страни в света, но утвърждава някакво хипотетично щастливо състояние, което може...more
So stimulative, although very short. Largely focused on the Occupy movement in the US, but is applicable to ones in else where or any other grass-root activities. Made me think of how I could take an active role to change system in my home country that is equally depressed -- and the world ultimately. Also I got to be wanting to know more about current affairs worldwide.
Katie Mcsweeney
Question and answer format - need I day more??
Well I will; the questions are good and Chomsky has one of those great minds that produce insightful musings with apparent ease. The Q&A format isn't conducive to trandmitsing Chomsky's genius.
One question, which I liked, was on Gramsci and how valuable Chomsky finds his ideas. The answer was a glib paragraph where Chomsky basically said, - "he's good, I like him, he didn't really say anything new but read him for yourself"(not a direct quote but...more
Karlo Mikhail
great discussion on the potentials of the occupy movement. but some of parts on the political economy of the roots of the present crisis (i.e. everything was okay until neoliberal assault 30 years ago) misses its mark
Fred Kohn
Noam Chomsky is one of those brilliant thinkers whom everybody agrees is important and almost nobody reads. I think his analysis of the problem is accurate, but two years after this book was published, it is obvious his hopes for the Occupy Wall Street movement were wildly optimistic. I don't regret reading this book, however. For one thing, there is a moving tribute to Howard Zinn, and I am reminded that I still need to read People's History of the United States.
Terry Clague
"Occupy is the first major public response to thirty years of class war" says Noam Chomsky and there's some thought-provoking stuff in this pamphlet which transcribes a few talks and interviews he's given on the subject. For such a short book, you could do without the repetition and I'd pay significant amounts of money to read a proper new Chomsky book though that seems unlikely now if this spot of email bragging is anything to go by.
Michael Palkowski
Very quick read covering Chomsky's speeches and interviews around the occupy movement. A critique that is clear within any book writing on a movement still in progress, still 'becoming' is the immediate obsolescence it gains months, hours, minutes later. 'Occupy' ostensibly has lost a lot of momentum but it has ventured into other areas of community organization and mobilization in ruptured centrifugal collectives. "Occupy Sandy" is a fantastic example whereby volunteers got together to help vic...more
Apr 29, 2012 Stephen rated it 5 of 5 stars
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what can I say other than with the name Noam Chomsky associated with any printed material it must be relevant and this little pamphlet is not a disappointment. Living in Vermont, I admit that I feel estranged from most of the world - I am unable to articulate how that happens, it just does. It is such an amazing place: full of small towns and clean air. So as Mr. Dick Cheney said - we create our own reality, this is my reality and I have no real connection with out there except when I read littl...more
Robert Strandquist
Despite the fact that this brief text is the transcription of a speech followed by Q&A, its fire burns long and bright sending its light all around the country and to Europe where the 99%ers are protesting against the unbalance in our nation's economy and the demonizing of pubic institutions. Obviously what's missing are the sounds of Chomsky's voice and those in the audience. The speech begins with rather general comments that aim to validate and inspire the efforts of those involved in the...more
A slim volume, but Noam Chomsky is as brilliant as ever.
I think I had inflated expectations for this book, but it was all it purported to be: transcripts of Chomsky's speeches to various Occupies across the US, as well as an essay dedicated to Howard Zinn. They were repetitive, but only because he was delivering the same ideas over and over, in slightly different forms, to these rallies.

This is supposed to be an affordable and accessible part of the Occupied Media Pamphlet series, and it achie...more
Simon Wood

"Occupy" is a selection of speeches (as well as one interview) made by veteran radical Noam Chomsky at Occupy events in the U.S. late last year.

The speeches are a mixture of Chomsky putting events into context, an extremely brief history of the Neoliberal era (the "Thirty Years of Class War" referred to in the title of this review), a eulogy for the late Howard Zinn (of "A People's History of the United States" fame) and some rel...more
"Според Чомски, преломният момент в американската икономика настъпва през седемдесетте години. След като излиза от Голямата депресия, Америка е във възход, който още повече се засилва от Втората световна война. 50-те и 60-те години са времена на изключителен егалитарен подем във всички отрасли. Води се последователна и разумна политика, банките влагат парите в ползотворни инициативи, домакинствата с най-ниски доходи водят нормален живот, обособявайки стабилна класа. Всичко това се промяна през с...more
Ah, the spark, that scintillation which could set a movement ablaze. Chomsky's Occupy isn't his, per se, but rather a compilation of things he said. On the whole, it's not a book you can push through expecting a narrative, or clarity of thought. What you can expect, though, is a brilliant mind saying brilliant things. That's about it.

For the most part, there's really no reason to find fault in the book, where it clearly is nothing but a medium. The message is key here, and perhaps you could anal...more
David Zukowski
Quick read, completed it in a single sitting. Chomsky, as always, brings up great points; that said, the book suffers from repetition, but that's more a fault of the source material than anything. The book is actually a collection of excerpts from Chomsky's speeches (mainly concerning the Occupy movement), so it only covers topics on a high level.

Many of the same points are brought up across chapters, which would be acceptable if they delved into any sort of concrete detail or deeper analysis -...more
John Defrog
Originally a Zucotti Park Press pamphlet and republished by Penguin (a major corporation, incidentally – there’s irony for you), this is one of those Chomsky books that isn’t written by him but contains speeches and interview transcripts – and, in this case, a Chomsky-penned obituary of Howard Zinn and a “what to do if the police arrest you” guide from the National Lawyer’s Guild. Like most other Chomsky books in this format, it does a good job of outlining Chomsky’s basic views on the topic. Th...more
Sean Finn
Amazing, in this work Chomsky answers a number of pressing questions asked by the Occupiers.
Chomsky Answers question of importance relating to the history of political actions by the people, why were they successful and how the current Occupy movement can wield the strategies of the past to strengthen their movement. Chomsky also speaks on the political identity of the movement and how best to ensure that they engage in shared goals in a unified group (with past movements criticised as disjoint...more
John Baw
An interesting collection of interviews with Noam Chomsky. A frightening exposé of the elite's reach.
Although as many say this books is repetitive, this is because of its nature: it is a pamphlet compiled of various talks and speeches Noam Chomsky had about the Occupy movement. The texts are not very deep from a theoretical point of view, as they are meant to be read by a wider audience, with various literacy levels and theoretical backgrounds. Furthermore, in many of the interviews/talks Chomsky is asked the same questions, therefore one might say the questions of the interviewers are repetiti...more
Kaveh Ahangar
Analysis of the roots of the problem are brilliant but the solutions he comes up with are outright dreamy and impractical.
Michael Critelli
It was a great read. My thoughts on the occupy movement was greatly enriched by Noam Chomsky writing on the revolution and showed it to be more than a passing fad, I hope. With this book ,the radical ,has a chance to become a political party .We! and I see we because I feel after reading this book that I should become more active as a citizen and I do agree with a lot of what the occupy stands for but the occupy has to do and say a lot more so that our message of every American gets what they ne...more
Occupy is a brief recap of some of Chomsky's speeches and thoughts at the time of the 2011 Occupy movement in the US. If you're already familiar with Chomsky's political mindset, then this is much of the same, but if you're new to it, you'll find it a good little introduction to his ideas on anarchism and how people can organise for change in society.

At the end of this edition, there's a particularly moving tribute to the wonderful Howard Zinn and a brief Q&A offering legal advice to activi...more
We read this book in the "Flint Revolutionary LEFT reading and discussion group". The book is short and not very dense, but made an excellent book for a reading and discussion group.

THe book consists of Chomskys speeches at occupy mixed with some interviews he gave to some occupy media people. The Howard Zinn memorial speech was pretty inspirational.

I also enjoyed Chomsky's perspective on how change happens. As an occupier I felt that he did a good job talking to the movement about its tactics...more
Kent Winward
Not a bad introduction to Chomsky in relation to the Occupy movement, but on the whole it was a little repetitive and light. One problem I've seen and I am unsure how government/society/movements can resolve is how to capitalize on the largely untapped and seemingly inaccessible human resource we have in this country. Eight percent unemployment, not to mention under-employment means there is a huge untapped resource of human potential that needs to be accessed.
A 3 not because of the content which would rank a 5, but because it is a compilation of interviews that often cover the same ground in slightly different terms. I especially liked the chapter on Occupy and the Media and the helpful guide to those who have never demonstrated before. It covers our rights as citizens under the Constitution. Recommended for those who know little or nothing about what the Occupy movement has become or why it exists..
Collection of interviews and lectures Chomsky has given in relation in to the Occupy movement; not an interrogation of it but rather support for it (his optimism and enthusiasm for it fluctuates) and an attempt to contextualise it within the framework of many of the issues he has been writing and speaking on for ages; a couple of the questions he is asked (by Occupiers) displays a fundamental lack of faith in its leadership and goals.
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Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author, and lecturer. He is an Institute Professor and professor emeritus of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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“It's not going to be easy to proceed. There are going to be barriers, difficulties, hardships, failures- it's inevitable. But unless the process that is taking place here and elsewhere in the country and around the world, unless that continues to grow and becomes a major force in the social and political world, the chances for a decent future are not very high.” 8 likes
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