CUNY Law alum writes on Occupy and democracy in The Nation

A new article by Marina Sitrin, CUNY School of Law ’01, examining Occupy’s vision of democracy will appear in the April 2, 2012 edition of The Nation. Sitrin credits Occupy with calling into question capitalist structures and returning power to the people with a creative, generative vision of democracy:

Capitalism and democracy are incompatible. This is not to oppose reforms, but it does mean, for example, that instead of proposing legislation or getting behind a candidate who is against foreclosures (as one is supposed to do in a representative “democracy”), the movement disrupts foreclosures and occupies people’s homes so they are not evicted. In Greece, hospitals are being occupied so that people do not have to pay the newly imposed cost of healthcare. Sometimes these actions change laws or modify rules, but the point is to create new ways of relating—not looking to institutional power but instead creating power.

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Sitrin is a postdoctoral fellow at the Committee on Globalization and Social Change at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of the forthcoming Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism and Autonomy in Argentina. In October she spoke to Democracy Now! about recent Occupy Wall Street protests.