Occupy, By Noam Chomsky
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and the Independent Scholastic New Children's Prize 2014.
Saturday 12 May 2012
This slim collection is a swift response to the protest movement that began when the "99 per cent" mobilised themselves in 2011.
Comprised of speeches, eulogies and Q&As, Chomsky takes us from a brief history of neoliberalism to the "shredding" of Western democracy and calls for an "American Spring".
His claim that Occupy is a response to30 years of class war may have the ring of an old Marxist manifesto, but the notion behind it – we need to change ourselves for the state to change – is very contemporary, given social inequality and political apathy in the West.
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