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Essays by Occupiers

Every Occupier has a voice, and Occupy Harrisburg wants to publish your thoughts! Read Essays and Articles from Individuals, or Submit Your Own Essay

Note: Articles on this page are written by individuals and do no neccessarily reflect the views of the group as a whole.

Why I believe in the Occupy Movement

Growing up I believed that this country granted us our freedoms to do as we pleased, as long as we did not infringe on another’s rights. We had freedom of religion, the freedom of speech and freedom of the press. That is what I was taught. I was also taught that other governments used propaganda, curtailed information, and ruled with only their needs and wants their priority. I valued the … Read More

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Konversations with Karl: Campaign Finance Reform

My dear friend Karl Kabutz caught me the other day just as I was heading out to Occupy Harrisburg to stand against the corporate greed that creates artificial barriers that dis-empower people and make life much more difficult and bleak than it would otherwise have to be. We got to talking about how corporate money made its way into politics.

Here’s some of our dialogue:

Karl: Okay I heard all … Read More

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Occupation and Our Future

I have been with Occupy Harrisburg from its first meeting, and I have been at the Capitol steps almost every day since October 15th, when we started our Occupation.

But I don’t carry a sign, and I’m not particularly interested in direct action; actually, I don’t even really think of this as a protest movement. A few years ago, I became fascinated with the idea of ”starving the Machine”. The … Read More

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Why I’d Love to Stop Worrying and Love Occupy Wall Street

I love occupations. I really, really do. Not only can they be really fun (its like a sleepover! Where people talk about Žižek and Marx!), but I honestly think they can be an effective tactic for change – they are the right mix of political theatre and direct action, and given the right conditions and demands, can be quite useful.

I love occupying, I love occupations, and so what I’m … Read More

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The Occupy Movement Could Be A Better Guardian Of Our Liberties Than The Constitution

The U.S. Constitution does not grant a single right to anyone. Do you want me to repeat that? Take some time to process what I just said, because it’s a very important truth; the U.S. Constitution does not grant a single right to anyone. And it’s a very good thing that it doesn’t because any entity, like a government, that can create a document giving rights to people can also … Read More

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