Challengers of growth take to the streets

[Articles and opinion pieces published in this blog do not necessarily reflect the polices and opinions of the organizers of the International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas. They are posted here to stimulate discussion and debate on issues relevant to degrowth.]

A movement striving for economic reform that prioritizes well being over financial growth is … well, growing.

Occupy Wall Street has become such a force that it can no longer be ignored even by mainstream media. Described on its website as “a horizontally organized resistance movement employing the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to restore democracy in America”, it has been growing daily (in scale and intensity) since the call to occupy Wall Street was released on July 13, 2011. For more details, click here.

I’ll leave it to comedian Jon Stewart to address the predictable critiques of the occupation, and will instead use this space to acknowledge some of the aspects of this movement that seem to strengthen alternatives to growth, not only through the content of the protests, but through their very form.

from the Post Growth Institute
Posted: 13 Oct 2011 01:43 PM PDT

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