By Stephen Collis
Someplace on the middle of just about each highbrow self-discipline is an try to clarify switch – why and the way issues change, and the way we negotiate those variations. those are one of the so much historic of philosophical questions. during this choice of essays, award-winning poet Stephen Collis investigates how the Occupy move grapples with those questions because it once more takes up the reason for social, fiscal, and political change.
Dispatches from the Occupation opens with a meditation at the Occupy stream and its position within the background of contemporary social hobbies. ideas, strategies, and the experiments with participatory democracy and direct motion are conscientiously parsed and defined. How a circulate for social, financial, and political swap emerges, and the way it'd be sustained, are on the center of this exploration.
Comprising the second one component to the e-book is a sequence of “dispatches” from the day by day unfolding of the profession in Vancouver’s urban centre because the writer witnessed it – and took part in it – first hand: brief manifestos, theoretical musings, and utopian proposals. the worldwide Occupy stream has in basic terms simply started, and as such this publication provides a major first file from the frontlines.
Finally, Dispatches from the Occupation closes with a mirrored image at the urban of Rome, written within the shadows of the Pantheon (the oldest continually-in-use development within the world). In whatever of an extended prose-poem, Collis lines the trope of Rome because the “eternal (unchanging?) city,” from its imperial earlier (as one of many “cradles of civilization”) to the rebirth of Roman republicanism through the French Revolution and the period of contemporary social hobbies – correct as much as the explosive riots of October 2011. Woven all through is the tale of the belief of swap because it strikes via highbrow heritage.
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Dispatches from the Occupation: A History of Change by Stephen Collis