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Dissent at a Dead End / Malcolm Harris

Apr 15 2020

I think it is a little too soon to tell what Occupy was going to mean, what its legacy will come to be understood as. Right now we’re not even a decade out and already our political terrain has shifted so much since then. Back in 2011, talking about “capitalism” as a system was considered kind of like silly or ridiculous. And especially before 2008, totally silly and ridiculous, by most people. And now people are sick of how much they hear about capitalism as an explanation for everything, because it is such a common explanation these days, especially in this younger cohort, as an explanatory framework for why things are happening the way they are. So I’m optimistic about what we’ll come to understand Occupy’s role to have been in that process of political development.

An interview with Malcolm Harris, who in April of 2020 was talking about his then-recent book "Shit Is Fucked Up and Bullshit: History Since the End of History."

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Malcolm Harris

Malcolm Harris is a freelance writer and an editor at The New Inquiry.


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