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Occupying Language: Inside the Global Revolutions

The new direct democracy rising out of Occupy and the other global uprisings of past years has a language all its own, a language used in common around the world.

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The Caracazo was a rupture. People suddenly realized their potential collective power, and that with it they could even chase out a government. But it also showed that if they could not build their own structures of self-administration, old forms of institutional power could again return.


Marina Sitrin is a participant in the Occupy movements, the editor of Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power in Argentina and author of the forthcoming, Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism and Autonomy in Argentina. She is a postdoctoral fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Committee on Globalization and Social Change. (

Dario Azzellini is an artist, documentary filmmaker, writer and assistant professor at the Johannes Kepler University Linz (Austria). With Oliver Ressler, he co-directed the documentary "Comuna Under Construction (2010)," about local self-government in Venezuela, and together with Immanuel Ness, he edited "Ours to Master and to Own: Workers' Control from the Commune to the Present (Haymarket, 2011)." With Marina Sitrin Azzellini is co-author of "Occupying Language (Occupied Media Pamphlet, 2012)" and "They Can’t Represent Us: Reinventing Democracy From Greece to Occupy (Verso, 2013)."

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