“Our top 1% are a lot more cohesive than 3 million people ought to be. They go to the same colleges and prep schools; they sit on the same boards; they vacation in the same spots; and they are biologically related to each other. If the bottom 1% were that cohesive, things would be a lot different around here. (Hm. Gangs, organize in that sector, but only 1 million people—1/3 of 1%—and once they join, they usually make a little income, so they aren’t in the bottom 1% any more.)”—Sociologist Bethany Bryson
“Social science is a necessity for the public. In a world where massive social institutions and social structures shape the fate of huge populations, participatory democracy needs powerful and accurate knowledge about society.”—– Raewyn Connell (via Global Sociology Blog)
“There was a divide between the grad student crowd gathered to hear Zizek and the more rough-looking youth in the western part of the park who were camping out on cardboard and sleeping bags. I asked one twenty-something what he thought of a world renowned philosopher coming to speak at the park. He told me, he had “zero interest. People come, people go,” he said, “Cameras come and go. I’ve never heard of him.””—
From Sociologist Jonathan Wynn’s post in the Everyday Sociology Blog, which describes the order and organization within the community at Zuccotti Park.
Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel prize-winning economist: “You are right to be indignant. This system is not working right. It is not right that we have so many people without jobs when we have so many needs that we have to fill. It is not right that we are throwing people out of their houses when we…