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 the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and is currently judging the Aesthetica Magazine new writing prize.
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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