Author Archives: timfong

Race, Violence and Occupy Oakland

In the wake of the failed building takeover, there has been a lot of discussion about violence, self defense and the police response. The discussion about violence vs nonviolence has been going on since the beginning of Occupy Oakland. I’ve struggled to find a way to express my thoughts on this subject, and a friend of mine had already encouraged me to express them. The conversations I had today with people down at the plaza have allowed me to solidify my thoughts on this issue. There are several things to … Continued


Economics, a quick reading list

This reading list will help you get up to speed on what is driving the ongoing economic crisis Trade Theory, Financialized Article by Michael Hudson (link) 7 Deadly Innocent Frauds of  Economics by Warren Mosler (link) Modern Money Primer (first 6 chapters, link) When Fragile becomes Friable: Endemic Control Fraud as a Cause of Economic Stagnation and Collapse by Bill Black (link) Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Taleb Almost everything above is available on the internet, and Taleb’s book is common enough that you should be able to find it … Continued


Let’s Keep the Name

In my personal life, decolonization has been and is an important part of my political development. The mainstream consumer culture has atomized people and destroyed political life in America, by making people identify first as consumers, and not as members of a body politic. This is problematic because it puts each person in competition with everyone around them to consume the “correct” products, whether it be shampoo or politics. It’s a never ending treadmill of “authenticity.” The identity of member, however is different, because it first and foremost puts one … Continued


An Open Letter to Occupy Oakland

There has been a lot of discussion about the deposit of funds into my Wells Fargo client trust account. In the interests of transparency, I submit this open letter. When I volunteered the use of the account I was balancing the possibility of bad PR, with the possibility of forestalling serious physical harm to people in the jail. It was possible that there would have been mass arrests on the day of the general strike. If I have to choose between bad PR and human lives, then I will choose … Continued