Harcourt Explains Concept of "Political Disobedience" on WBEZ

Occupy movement rewriting lexicon of resistance
Worldview
WBEZ
December 2, 2011

The University of Chicago’s Bernard Harcourt has followed the Occupy movement intently. He’s chair of the U of C’s political science department and a professor at the law school. Harcourt participated in one of Occupy Chicago’s early teach-ins at the Board of Trade.

In op-eds for the New York Times and the Guardian, he’s argued that a new kind of resistance called “political disobedience” emerged from Zuccotti Park and other protest sites and that we need a new vocabulary altogether to describe the leaderless movement.

As the street protests winds down, Harcourt explains the significance of his new terminology.

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