What Participatory Democracy Looks Like: Occupy Wall Street and the Myth of Leadership

Occupy Nashville protesters at the state capitol. While media pundits look for a single “heroic” leader in the Occupy Wall Street movement, others point to a reclamation of participatory democracy and an emerging model of distributed leadership. Image from AP. BY DANA D. NELSONProfessor of English and American studies at Vanderbilt University Since just about … More What Participatory Democracy Looks Like: Occupy Wall Street and the Myth of Leadership

Alondra Nelson: Health care and the 99 percent

The Black Panther Party’s 40th reunion in 2006 in Oakland, California. October 2011 marks the 45th anniversary of The Black Panther Party’s founding. From the beginning of today’s Occupy Wall Street movement, Alondra Nelson argues, activists have raised the issue of health-care reform with underappreciated deliberation in a manner that also suggests the influence of … More Alondra Nelson: Health care and the 99 percent