Occupy Baltimore Study Group Reading List

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1: Overview, OWS readings
“Anonymous and the War Over the Internet”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/30/anonymous-internet-war_n_1233977.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/31/anonymous-war-over-internet_n_1237058.html
Occupy Wall Street, “A Modest Call to Action”
http://occupywallst.org/article/September_Revolution/
Drake Bennett, “David Graeber, the anti-leader of Occupy Wall Street” Bloomberg Business Week
http://www.businessweek.com/printer/magazine/david-graeber-the-antileader-of-occupy-wall-street-10262011.html
David Graeber, “The Anarchist Roots of Occupy Wall Street”
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/11/2011112872835904508.html
Jillian Schwedler, al-Jazeera, “The Radical Power of Just Showing Up”http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/10/201110257859154472.html

2:
Gene Sharp, Sharp’s Dictionary of Power and Struggle 34-52 (“Case Study: The Tunisian Uprising and Revolts” [Jamila Raqib])
Mike Davis, “Spring Confronts Winter” (New Left Review) (pdf)
Nassim Taleb “The Black Swan of Cairo” (Foreign Affairs, May/June 2011)(pdf)
Vaso Makrygianni and Haris Tsacdaroglou, “Urban Planning and Revolt: A Spatial Analysis of the December 2008 Uprising In Athens” in Revolt and Crisis In Greece 29-57
Jo Casserly, “The Art of Occupation” in Springtime: The New Student Rebellions 71-75
Marina Sitrin, “Connecting the Occupy Movements and the Spanish May 15 Movement”
http://www.zcommunications.org/connecting-the-occupy-movements-and-the-spanish-may-15th-movement-by-marina-sitrin
Salar Mohandesi, “On the Black Bloc” (Viewpoint)
http://viewpointmag.com/2012/02/12/on-the-black-bloc/

3:
John Bellamy-Foster and Fred Magdoff, The Great Financial Crisis selected readings:
“The Househould Debt Bubble” (pp 27-38)
http://monthlyreview.org/2006/05/01/the-household-debt-bubble
“The Explosion of Debt and Speculation” (pp 39-62)
http://monthlyreview.org/2006/11/01/the-explosion-of-debt-and-speculation
“The Financialization of Capitalism” (pp 77-88)
http://monthlyreview.org/2007/04/01/the-financialization-of-capitalism
“The Financialization of Capital and the Crisis” (pp 91-109)
http://monthlyreview.org/2008/04/01/the-financialization-of-capital-and-the-crisis
“Back to the Real Economy” (pp 111-140)
http://monthlyreview.org/2008/12/01/financial-implosion-and-stagnation
Joseph Stiglitz “The Anatomy of a Murder: Who Killed America’s Economy?” (Critical Review June 2009)
http://fcic-static.law.stanford.edu/cdn_media/fcic-testimony/2009-1020-Stiglitz-article.pdf
Andrea Fumagalli and Sandro Mezzadra, Crisis In the Global Economy 237-262 (“Nothing Will Ever Be the Same: Ten Theses on the Financial Crisis”)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/36978956/Crisis-Global
The Economist, “The Gods Strike Back”
http://www.economist.com/node/15474137

4:
David Graeber, Possibilities 375-415 (“On the Phenomenology of Giant Puppets”)
Malcolm Gladwell, “Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be Tweeted” (pdf)
Clay Shirky, “The Political Power of Social Media” (Foreign Affairs Jan-Feb 2011)
Albert-Laszlo Barabasi Linked 55-64 (“Hubs and Connectors”)
Kathryn Sikkink, “The Power of Networks in International Politics” 228-247 in Networked Politics

5:
Eduardo Porter, “Income Inequality and the ‘Superstar Effect’” (New York Times, Dec 25 2010) (doc)
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/26/business/26excerpt.html?pagewanted=all
Robert H Frank, The Darwin Economy selections (from Slate blog)
http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2011/12/ows_and_inequality_how_expenditure_cascades_are_squeezing_the_american_middle_class_.html
http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2011/12/how_technology_and_winner_take_all_markets_have_made_income_inequality_so_much_worse_.html
http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2011/12/the_progressive_consumption_tax_a_win_win_solution_for_reducing_american_economic_inequality_.html
Albert-Laszlo Barabasi Linked 65-78, 79-92 (“The 80/20 Rule,” “Rich Get Richer”)
Benoit Mandelbrot, “The Case Against the Modern Theory of Finance” in The (Mis) Behavior of Markets 79-107
Nassim Taleb “The Bell Curve, that Great Intellectual Fraud” (pdf)
Stefania Vitali, James B. Glattfelder, and Stefano Battiston “The Network of Global Corporate Control” (pdf)
http://www.moneyscience.com/pg/bookmarks/Admin/read/150592/the-network-of-global-corporate-control-pdf

6:
David Orrell, Economyths 119-148, 149-174 (“The Gendered Economy,” “The Unfair Economy”)
Erin Hatton, The Temp Economy 49-103, 143-152 (“The Invention of the Semi-Permanent Employee,” “The Transformation of Work,” “Conclusion”)
Bridget Anderson, “Just Another Job? The Commodification of Domestic Labor” in Barbara Ehrenreich, ed. Global Woman 104-114
Pew Research Center, “Wealth Gaps Rise to Record Highs Between Whites, Blacks and Hispanics”
http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2011/07/26/wealth-gaps-rise-to-record-highs-between-whites-blacks-hispanics/

7:
catch-up / review of Occupy news + critiques

8:
Colectivo Situaciones, 19&20: Notes for a New Social Protagonism 31-41 (“The Great Transformation”)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/75816585/3/THe-greAT-TrANSformATioN
“Monopoly Power over Money” (The Economist, Nov 18 1999)
http://www.economist.com/node/260590
Nouriel Roubini and Stephen Mihm, Crisis Economics 13-134 (“The White Swan,” “Crisis Economists,” “Plate Tectonics,” “Things Fall Apart,” “Global Pandemics”)
Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine 355-388, 389-407 (“Shock Therapy In the USA,” “A Corporatist State”)

9:
Thomas Sugrue, The Origins of the Urban Crisis 259-271 (“Conclusion”)
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow 178-220, 221-261 (“The New Jim Crow,” “The Fire This Time”)
Ernest Drucker, A Plague of Prisons 108-140 (“Chronic Incapacitation: The Long Tail of Mass Incarceration”)
Julia Sudbury, “Unpacking the Crisis: Women of Color, Globalization, and the Prison-Industrial Complex” in Rickie Solinger, ed. Interrupted Life 11-25

10:
Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine 560-589 (“Shock Wears Off: The Rise of People’s Reconstruction”)
Nouriel Roubini and Stephen Mihm, Crisis Economics 135-310 (“Last Resorts,” “Spend More, Tax Less?,” “First Steps,” “Radical Remedies,” “Fault Lines,” “Conclusion”)

11:
Barbara Ransby, Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision 239-272, 273-298, 357-374 (“Mentoring a New Generation of Activists,” “The Empowerment of an Indigenous Southern Leadership,” “A Freirian Teacher, a Gramscian Intellectual, and a Humanist Intellectual: Ella Baker’s Legacy”)
Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall, Agents of Repression 1-13, 17-36, 37-62 (“Introduction: Beyond the Myth,” “Birth and Formation,” “The COINTELPRO Era”)
Charles Payne, I’ve Got the Light of Freedom 236-264, 265-283 (“Slow and Respectful Work,” “Woman’s War”)

12:
Robert Putnam, “Bowling Alone: America’s Declining Social Capital” (doc)
Miller McPherson, Lynn Smith-Lovin and Matthew Brashears, “Social Isolation In America” (American Sociological Review, June 2006, 353-375) (pdf)
Torben Iversen and Frances Rosenbluth, Women, Work and Politics 1-16, 17-54, 162-169
(“A Political Economy Approach to Gender Inequality,” “The Structure of Patriarchy,” “Conclusions”)
David Harvey, “Neo-Liberalism As Creative Destruction” (pdf)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/35193955/Harvey-D-Neo-Liberalism-as-Creative-Destruction

13:
Jo Freeman, “The Tyranny of Structurelessness”
http://www.jofreeman.com/joreen/tyranny.htm
Bill Moyer, Doing Democracy 42-86 (“The Eight Stages of Social Movements”)
Gene Sharp, Sharp’s Dictionary of Power and Struggle 53-314 (“The Dictionary”)

14:
catch-up / Occupy news + critiques

15:
Dexter Whitfield, Global Auction of Public Assets 8-12, 20-65, 142-149, 158-166, 328-329
(“Abbreviations,” “Global Crisis and the New Infrastructure Agenda,” “The Political Economy of Infrastructure,” “Transformation and Globalization of Infrastructure,” “The Global Spread of Privatization and PPPs,” “Conclusion”)
Steven Pitts, “Black Workers and the Public Sector” (pdf)
http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/blackworkers/blacks_public_sector11.pdf

planned readings:

George Caffentzis, “The Student Loan Debt Abolition Movement In the United States” (pdf)
http://www.edu-factory.org/wp/round-of-discussion-on-debt-george-caffentzis-the-student-loan-debt-abolition-movement-in-the-u-s/

Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus 3-25 (“Introduction: Rhizome”)
A Thousand Pleateaus 351-423 (“Treatise on Nomadology – The War Machine;” also available as Nomadology)

Networks and Netwars (“The Advent of Netwar (Revisited),” “Gangs, Hooligans, and Anarchists – the Advent of Netwar In the Streets,” “Netwar In the Emerald City: WTO Protest Strategy and Tactics,” “Activism, Hacktivism, and Cyberterrorism,” “What Next for Networks and Netwars?”)
http://www.rand.org/pubs/monograph_reports/MR1382.html#toc
Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Multitude 51-102 (selections from “Counterinsurgencies” and “Resistance”)

Suzanne Mettler, The Submerged State

John Maynard Keynes, The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money  89-134 (Book III, “The Propensity to Consume”)
http://www.marxists.org/reference/subject/economics/keynes/general-theory/ch08.htm

William Grieder, Secrets of the Temple 11-221 (“Part One: Secrets of the Temple”)

David Graeber, Revolutions In Reverse 11-30, 31-39 (“The Shock of Victory,” “Hope In Common”)

“Secret Fed Loans Gave Banks $13 Billion Undisclosed to Congress” (pdf)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-28/secret-fed-loans-undisclosed-to-congress-gave-banks-13-billion-in-income.html
“Trillion Dollar Bailouts Equal Crony Capitalism” (pdf)
http://reason.com/archives/2011/12/09/trillion-dollar-bailouts-equal-crony-cap

Max Rameau, Take Back the Land (130 pp)

possible/future/supplmental readings/topics
study of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC); movement case studies: Wisconsin, Chicago/Public Windows, Horizontalism (Argentina), Autonomen (Europe), Greece (ongoing); Koch Brothers – history, current influence;
Growing Unequal? Income Distribution and Poverty In OECD Countries (pdf)

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