Occupy Consciousness: Essays on the Global Insurrection

Occupy ConsciousnessThe Evolver Social Movement presents OCCUPY CONSCIOUSNESS: Essays on the Global Insurrection, a free eBook anthology (edited by me and Reality Sandwich Associate Editor Mitch Mignano) that offers a variety of viewpoints on the nascent rebellion from writers such as Doug Rushkoff, David Graeber, Starhawk, and Russell Brand. Together these pieces provide an essential perspective on the true significance of Occupy—not a protest movement essentially, but a harbinger of a new way of being.

Is this movement’s implicit goal to re-engage our humanity? To reach beyond the political, the national and other illusory, temporary concepts and into our true, spiritual nature?—Russell Brand

Direct action is, ultimately, the defiant insistence on acting as if one is already free.—David Graeber

Despite being subject to ridicule from the mainstream and intense suppression from police and government forces in the US and abroad, Occupy has shifted the discourse around critical social, political, and economic issues, breaking the silence around the collusion between government, corporate, and financial interests. The movement points a way forward to a new form of activism designed to build a truly cooperative culture, integrating the lessons of past movements for human liberation, such as nonviolent direct action and the tools for consensus decision-making.

The transition we are called to make goes far beyond incremental policy changes within the current system, positive though such changes might be. We are called to re-imagine and re-create our world around fundamentally new organizing principles. The old world is essentially on life support in any case. Our choice really is to participate consciously in the birth of the new era, or to have it forcibly and painfully delivered to us. David Nicols

This anthology is available as a free gift from the E+SM—but in exchange, we ask that you consider making a one-time or repeat contribution to our non-profit initiative, which organizes 40+ local chapters engaged in consciousness raising and transformational practices, issues publications such as this one—and, with your help, will do much more.

Download the book at Reality Sandwich.

9 Comments on "Occupy Consciousness: Essays on the Global Insurrection"

  1. charlieprimero | May 24, 2012 at 11:14 am |

    I will read all 150 pages of this book later.  I hope it doesn’t simply repeat the olde ‘replace fascism with neo-communism’ mantra the Occupy movement has been pushing.

    • JohnFrancisBittrich | May 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm |

      Based on the authors mentioned and the fact that it’s being released by Evolver, I doubt that’s what you’ll be getting. These are new agers, futurists and mystics, not political partisans.

    • Monkey See Monkey Do | May 25, 2012 at 11:13 am |

      And Charlie would like to replace fascism with…..?

      • charlieprimero | May 25, 2012 at 11:56 am |

        Human Freedom, because unlike collectivism, it’s rational, moral, and more beneficial.

        • What’s moral about freedom?

          • Monkey See Monkey Do | May 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm |

            Freedom, it just sounds so warm and fuzzy. Remember Operation Iraqi freedom?

        • Monkey See Monkey Do | May 25, 2012 at 12:08 pm |

          Human freedom is a meaningless word, because it means so many different things to different people. Is there a societal system you subscribe to? My guess is….. consequentalist libertarian.

          • charlieprimero | May 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm |

            No, the opposite.  I’m Deontological.   That’s why I see #Occupy as such a tragic waste of good energy.

        • Jin The Ninja | May 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm |

          human freedom isn’t a socio-political mode of organisation. and collectivism is part of several major veins of left-libertarian ideology.

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