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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. (marinasitrin.com)

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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