An interesting demand October 19, 2011 at 10:19 pm

The forgive student debt movement seems to be gaining some traction. What I think is interesting about this – other than the fact that ex-students seem rather more deserving of forgiveness to me than sovereigns who have spent beyond their means – is the change in tone of the debate. Suddenly, partly thanks to the visibility of OWS, a lot seems possible. Now certainly history is littered with popular protest movements that came to nothing, but equally progressive change is unlikely without this kind of clamour. The autumn has signs of spring.

Update. I love the use of the term temporary autonomous zone for what is happening in Zuccotti Park. For more on that, including a lovely analogy from Slavoj Žižek (and a measure of utter nonsense), see here.

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