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Arcology and Beethoven

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN My $10 student ticket to the Tucson Symphony Orchestra landed me one of the best seats in the Tucson Music Hall, near the front in the middle at an angle where I could see pianist, Gabriela Martinez, play all the exquisite notes during her parts in Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto. The […]

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In 1901 Puck published this political cartoon depicting John D. Rockefeller as a king presiding over a landscape that he has devastated. On his crown are the tools of his empire: four railroads–including Pennsylvania's Reading and Lehigh Valley R.R.s– encircle his crown, which is topped by oil derricks and holding tanks.

How Rockefeller Became a Billionaire

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN In the beginning, Rockefeller was a completely poor fifteen-year-old kid who had only a single dime to his name.  With this dime he bought an apple, which he polished with the edge of his only shirt and sold for twenty cents.  With this twenty cents he bought two apples, polished them both […]

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Students, indentured servitude and America’s trillion dollar student loan debt (and, by the way, welcome back, UofA and PCC students!)

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN All across the United States the after-effects of the housing crash are still being felt, from vacant houses to a stagnant economy. However, when it was announced last year that student loan debt in the USA had exceeded one trillion dollars, and Standard & Poors warned that student debt now exceeded credit […]

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Painting of three men, arm in arm, the man in the middle holding a hammer. The faces of George W Bush, Dick Cheney, and a third are roughly superimposed onto the three men. At the bottom reads, "Oil Men Drill It Deeper"

Do the Texas one-percenters rule our nation?

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN For all the talk of the one percent, there is surprisingly little discussion of exactly who constitutes this privileged group. They are all very rich, to be sure, but there are considerable divisions and differences among them: the Kennedy brothers (JFK, RFK, and Teddy), for example, clearly had different political outlooks and […]

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Occupy Tucson at the 2012 Labor Day Picnic

An ambiguous note on Labor Day 2012

OCCUPIED TUCSON CITIZEN In Arizona early September is not the best time to have a holiday that demands an outdoor, daytime celebration. But such is life, and so every year on Labor Day organized labor uses its skills and resources to put on an event that celebrates working people and the trade union movement. And […]

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