Seizure of the OWS Library - New Society Authors Respond
Under the cover of darkness Monday night, during the now infamous raid when the tents and belongings of OWS protesters were removed from Zuccotti Park, the People's Library was forcibly dismantled and their collection of more than 5000 books was seized. Despite assurances by city officials that the library's property would be "safely stored", thousands of books are reported to be missing and/or damaged or destroyed.Read a full account of the event and reactions here.
Many New Society books were in the library, and a number of our authors have sent messages of support.
It saddens me to hear of the destruction of any library, large or small, but it does highlight the difference between the two sides in this conflict. I do not know of a single case in history when the side destroying libraries has been cast in a favorable light. It is the mark of an unjust action by a desperate force. I would suggest that as the next camp is built, the library be made twice as large, and if it is torn down, then the next twice that size. Books give us the wisdom of a thousand years and the strength of countless cultures. No petty regime in any location on this planet can resist their might. The world is with you.
From Richard Heinberg author of The End of Growth:
I was saddened and angered to learn of the destruction not only of the Occupy Wall Street encampment, but of the OWS library as well. The latter has symbolic meaning as the locus of the movement's process of intellectual self-discovery. I understand that the library included a copy of my book The End of Growth. I am gladly contributing another copy.
From Michael Ruppert, author of Crossing The Rubicon:
Benito Mussolini said that fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it represents the perfect merger of power between the corporation and the state.
I expected nothing less. The only difference is that my books and the books of people like Richard Heinberg will be buried in a landfill rather than burned, which would be an obvious waste of diminishing hydrocarbon energy resources.
From Stephanie Mills, author of On Gandhi's Path:
It was apt that On Gandhi's Path: Bob Swann's Work for Peace and Community Economics should have been part of the Occupy Wall Street library in Zucotti Park, for Bob Swan exemplified the nonviolent autodidact radical charting a course to a better world with the help of his intellectual contemporaries and ancestors. He probably wouldn't have been surprised by the iron-heeled NYPD raid. Nor would he have ceased his nonviolent direct resistance. Much gratitude and encouragement to the OWS communities for their straightforward witness; and shame on those who rout peaceful assemblies and scatter their libraries!
Want to know what the OWS protesters have been reading? Check out the People's Library's full collection on Library Thing.