Occupy Everywhere: On the New Politics and Possibilities of the Movement Against Corporate Power - A discussion featuring award-winning filmmaker and author Michael Moore (Here Comes Trouble), best-selling author and Nation columnist Naomi Klein (The Shock Doctrine), Nation National Affairs correspondent William Greider (Come Home, America), Colorlines Publisher Rinku Sen (The Accidental American), Occupy Wall Street Organizer Patrick Bruner and Richard Kim, executive editor, The Nation.com (moderator)."
Occupy Wall Street Organizer
William Greider, a prominent political journalist and author, has been a reporter for more than 35 years for newspapers, magazines and television. Over the past two decades, he has persistently challenged mainstream thinking on economics.
For 17 years Greider was the National Affairs Editor at Rolling Stone magazine, where his investigation of the defense establishment began. He is a former assistant managing editor at the Washington Post, where he worked for fifteen years as a national correspondent, editor and columnist. While at the Post, he broke the story of how David Stockman, Ronald Reagan's budget director, grew disillusioned with supply-side economics and the budget deficits that policy caused, which still burden the American economy.
He is the author of the national bestsellers One World, Ready or Not, Secrets of the Temple and Who Will Tell The People. In the award-winning Secrets of the Temple, he offered a critique of the Federal Reserve system. Greider has also served as a correspondent for six Frontline documentaries on PBS, including "Return to Beirut," which won an Emmy in 1985.
Greider's most recent book is The Soul of Capitalism: Opening Paths to A Moral Economy. In it, he untangles the systemic mysteries of American capitalism, details its destructive collisions with society and demonstrates how people can achieve decisive influence to reform the system's structure and operating values.
Raised in Wyoming, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, he graduated from Princeton University in 1958. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
Executive editor, The Nation.com
Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, author, and filmmaker. Her first book, the international bestseller No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, was translated into twenty-eight languages and called "a movement bible" by The New York Times.
She writes an internationally syndicated column for The Nation and The Guardian and reported from Iraq for Harper's Magazine. In 2004, she released The Take, a feature documentary about Argentina's occupied factories, co-produced with director Avi Lewis.
She is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws degree from the University of King's College, Nova Scotia.
Michael Moore is an Academy Award-winning American filmmaker, author and liberal political commentator. He is the director and producer of Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Sicko, three of the top five highest-grossing documentaries of all time.
In September 2008, he released his first free movie on the Internet, Slacker Uprising, documenting his personal crusade to encourage more Americans to vote in presidential elections. He has also written and starred in the TV shows "TV Nation" and "The Awful Truth."
Moore is a self-described liberal who has criticized globalization, large corporations, assault weapon ownership, the Iraq War, U.S. President George W. Bush and the American health care system in his written and cinematic works. In 2005, Time magazine named him one of the world's 100 most influential people.
Also in 2005, Moore started the annual Traverse City Film Festival in Traverse City, Michigan. In 2008, he closed his Manhattan office and moved it to Traverse City, where he is working on his new film.
Colorlines Publisher Rinku Sen, The Accidental American
Occupy Wall Street member Patrick Bruner differentiates the Occupy movement from prior political movements in its methodology. "This isn't a movement like other movements have been. This isn't a protest,” says Bruner. "This is a way of making a new space."
Looking in from the outside (Canada) this program gives me hope that the American people are beginning to see the light, I support their struggle and it can only happen one person at a time, the Occupy Movement is truly uplifting.
In response to bstevens, I have learned in my 66+ years that money (wealth) flows and that if it is allowed to flow there is more than enough for everyone, it is called abundance, the problem is those who see themselves as special, different than and above others and that they are entitled to more than their fair share. The interesting thing about paying your fair share of taxes, making donations, handing a street person a $5.00 bill and saying have a great day is that it all comes back, the flow continues. I actually require very little to live a full and rich life once I freed myself from the addiction of consumerism.
It is when the 1% want it all for themselves, pay their workers minimum wages, pay little or no taxes that the flow becomes constricted. Eventually everyone loses. In the name of greater profits the American corporation exported all your manufacturing jobs elsewhere, in the end everyone loses.
It has been interesting to watch your country since the events of 9/11, to see you giving up your cherished freedoms in the name of fighting some elusive enemy created by your government and the media, until I watch this program I had virtually given up all hope for your country, having watched this I can see the light of hope.
Be well my friends
Michael Moore is a nut bag. Of course he won an Oscar. Pretty easy when all the majority of the voters, fellow actors, are liberal anti-capitalistic Marxists. I am a Libertarian and find both Dumbocrats and Republicans have their issues. He actually blamed reagan for today's "disaster". That's as rich as Obama blaming Bush for the 2008 Great Recession. This was caused by the Democrats forcing the banks, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to lower their lending standards. I have watched every movie Michael Moore has put out and, for the most part, it is rhetoric and hyperbole! Americans are so gullible. So were the German people in the 30s. When will we get realistic and shun these idiots. This country is based on Capitalism. Please, rather than listening to Michael Moore, read the US Constitution and the Federalist Papers, which I bet Michael Moore never has. Oh, do a little background check on Michael Moore's wealth and how he uses it. he is a hypocrit Americans like most politicians today.
@bstevens: When OWS supporters say 1%, they are making a generalization. I don't think anyone has a problem with hard working doctors, lawyers and small business owners who contribute to society and pay their fair share of taxes. People like you are not responsible for crashing the economy and increasing wealth inequality.
OWS protesters are angry because the government seems to play favorites with a very small circle of super-rich families. I'm not talking about people like Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg who achieved success through hard work and a little luck, but families like the Buffetts, Waltons, Mars's, and Johnsons. These families are well established and have been working the system for decades to secure their financial status while contributing very little to society (because they are motivated purely out of self interest). Consequentially, nearly all major corporations and banks are owned by these people (literally a handful of names).
That is why corporations have made so many reckless financial decisions in the past thirty years. The people at the top have nothing to lose from the business going under, but they have everything to gain from the occasional success.
Speaking as one of the 0.99%... I just have to say to all of these "occupy" lemmings... GET OVER YOURSELVES!
So far this year Ive paided well over 100K in federal taxes and what I should be hearing from these fools is "THANK YOU", not "you need to pay your fair share"... only 56% of Americans pay ANY federal taxes, and you can bet its the other 44% that are too busy occupying crap.
This idiocy starts with populism, hurdles towards Lenin and would end up with Pol Pot if left to its own devices...