Counter-power as common power: beyond horizontalism

  • June 6, 2014

Movement & Mobilization

Occupy was powerful not because of its consensus decision-making processes but because of its participants’ collective commitment to a shared idea.

This piece originally appeared in Issue #9 of the Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, and was republished with the kind permission of the authors and editors here.


May 2012, Barcelona General Assembly, Hand Gestures. Video stills from Global Uprisings.

The Weakness of Occupy


November 2012, Pulling up bricks in the streets of Portugal. Video stills from Global Uprisings.

The Failure of Consensus


August 2013, passing brick from person to person, Occupy Gezi, Turkey. Video stills from Global Uprisings.

The Strength of Occupy

What Alternative?

Not An Alternative presenting a talk on the Media, Communication, Outreach panel at the Global Uprisings Conference in Amsterdam, November 2013:

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