The activist and co-creator of Occupy Wall Street Micah White discusses his new book The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution (Knopf, 2016), with Joseph Planta.
|The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution by Micah White (Knopf, 2016).
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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.
Micah White was a driving force behind the Occupy Movement, in fact he was its co-creator. He’s written an engaging new book about the experience and where activism goes from here. In The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution, Dr. White says activism is broken. That despite some of the largest protests in human history, these mobilisations don’t change society. So in the book, he looks at the theory, tactics and principles of social change and looks towards the future: innovation or irrelevance? Micah White joins me now, and I’ll ask him about the history that’s covered in this book, about Occupy and why it failed, and how protest itself evolves. Micah White is an award-winning activist, who conceived of Occupy Wall Street while an editor of Adbusters magazine. His work has appeared in a number of international publications, and he’s been profiled in The New Yorker and Esquire, which named him one of the most influential young thinkers alive today. He directs Boutique Activist Consultancy and lectures frequently, making his home in Nehalem, Oregon. He was in Toronto earlier this week, when I spoke to him as he was promoting this new book, which is published by Knopf. The website for more is at www.micahmwhite.com. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Micah White; Dr. White, good morning.