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To Borrow a Title, Revolution: A User’s Manual

In 2006, I attended an event at the New York Public Library, “Revolution: A User’s Manual,” with Adam Michnik, Baltasar Garzon, Giaconda Belli and G.M. Tamas and moderated by Christopher Hitchens. It was my first encounter with Michnik; we would meet again a year and a half later one October day in his Warsaw office to discuss German MP Erika Steinbach’s efforts to build a Center Against Expulsions in Berlin and the prickly question of monuments and historical memory. A partial reading, watching and listening list relevant to the craft of revolution since the manuals are being rewritten yet again. Links to source material from this and past revolutions is provided when available free and online: 60 Minutes/CBS News, “Wael Ghonim and Egypt’s New Age Revolution.” Airdate: February 13, 2011. Al Jazeera English, “Egyptian Actor Supports the Protesters.” Airdate: February 1, 2011. “They think they can hijack 85 million voices saying ‘enough.’” – Khalid Abo Al-Naga The Atlantic Tumblr, “The Most Subversive Protest of All: An Egyptian Protestor [sic] Kisses a Riot Police Officer.” January …

From the Archive: The Week the World Took to the Streets a Reflection on the Initial and Subsequent Revisions of History and Other Manifestations

This week the world took to the streets. One third of gas stations across France were dry because of fuel blockades initiated by unions and executed by students and other rabble-rousers to protest Nicolas Sarkozy’s attempts to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62. In Greece, students objected to austerity measures in an effort to get Greece’s spiraling deficits and debts from becoming even more out of control. On the Western or American front, however, it was pretty quiet. A chance to reflect on the amendments history has made to our own demonstrations, police riots, anarchist takeovers, call it what you will. As a native Chicagoan, no single event meets the category of this historical revisions than the 1968 Democratic National Convention, which depending on your perspective was a counterculture takeover or a police riot. In 2009, 41 years after the fact several law enforcement veterans of the collision decided to hold a reunion on the pretext of fundraising for the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police. They ordered pizza, they maybe drank a few …