Our 15 Minutes of Fact today will deal with the month of September, 2010, when two births occurred – Occupy Wall Street and a Book titled “Walk Away from Debt.” It’s amazing, how synchronicity works, wouldn’t you say?
What has Nicholas’s attention now is the remarkable growth and transition in Occupy over this past year. Especially, by how OWS has taken on the debt machine by way of Strike Debt and its highly publicized “Rolling Jubilee” and raising in excess of $350,000 to buy and abolish millions and millions in medical debt: “Brilliant and Gracious,” to which he adds, effective.
“That’s where the brilliance comes in – Occupy has been enormously effective in changing American attitudes and redefining the morality of debt…but Rolling Jubilee was the first thing I’d seen that was taking concrete action to turn off the spigot of money to Wall Street and redirect it to Main Street,” he declares.
In his own way, and mirroring Occupy, Nicholas gradually moved from being a radical to a serious commentator, and one with something to say that is actually worth the listening. One interviewer on a KGO Bay Area radio program wasn’t sure he was a patriot or a “financial terrorist!”
On its part, Occupy hasn’t left its “radical” roots so much as evolving into a serious “mover” on the battleground of debt – leaving it up to commentators such as Nicholas – and myself – to do the reporting and analyzing. Rolling Jubilee is much too busy to bring in contributions to relieve people of debt, and OccupySandy is still busy with helping the survivors of the Hurricane.
Nicholas’s previous books include Dancing with Lawyers, Fighting Slander, Layoff Survival Plan and Walk Away from Credit Card Debt. He has been a writer for the Chicago Tribune, the Times of London, is a syndicated columnist and contributes a blog to the Huffington Post.
You will enjoy this conversation.
For those of you wishing to know more about the book and about the author, you can go to www.WalkAwayFromDebt.com or write: email@example.com. On Facebook he is WalkAwayFromDebt.com and Twitter as @WriterNicholas.
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