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Forum Post: What books are essential to the ows movement?

Posted 2 years ago on May 3, 2012, 7:02 p.m. EST by hillshillsandsod (7)
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I haven't been involved in the occupy movement in any way, but I'm interested. I'd love to hear what books the people involved with this movement personally consider essential to understanding the complexities of or current financial system and solutions to bringing about its change.

And if you can think of other books--books that don't necessarily deal with financial reform--that represent the general sentiment of the occupy movement, list them as well.

        -Josh

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[-] 2 points by heathen34 (2) 2 years ago

God Bless You Mr. Rosewater - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (20548) 2 years ago

You could start with a list with books such as these:

Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States"

Karl Marx, "Das Kapital"

Benedict Anderson's "Imagined Communities"

"In the Wake of the Affluent Society: An Exploration of Post-Development" by Serge LaTouche

Albert Memmi, "The Colonizer and the Colonized"

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[-] 1 points by hillshillsandsod (7) 2 years ago

Well, if no one else is going to start this discussion, I will begin by suggesting the book You Are Not A Gadget by Jaron Lanier. There is a lot to agree and disagree with in it, but he outlines a lot of dehumanizing trends that anonymity breeds on the internet--which I think is applicable here after only spending a little time reading around this forum.

If every Occupier (can I use that word?) read this book before posting content online, this movement would be taken a lot more seriously, maybe even feared, by everyone who searched around sites like this and others.

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