18 February 2013

The Fall & Rise of Occupy Wall Street

"A  year and a half after the takeover of Zuccotti Park there exists a widespread conviction that Occupy Wall Street ultimately failed, and that it did so for lack of commitment, organization, and clear objectives. [. . .] But it has become increasingly clear that OWS didn’t fizzle because its objectives were too muddled or its talk too abstract or its organization too chaotic. In fact, the movement was undone by a concerted government effort to undo it."

Madrick persuasively argues two things: OWS neither failed nor fizzled. It accomplished several things - including focusing attention on glaring political economic inequalities that somehow escaped attention - and was actively suppressed.*
* And, for those who think this is just so much paranoid whining, here is a report from the Assembly Rights & Protest Project documenting the unjustified and illegal violent tactics the government used to suppress OWS in New York City.

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Blogger Stan B. said...

Any kind of concerted movement has to expect such repression, it simply comes with the territory- now more than ever. Ultimately, Occupy didn't achieve major change because it failed to engage and ignite the working class that has been brainwashed (perhaps beyond redemption) by the same, big bucks that funds both FOX and those very forces of physical repression. Ultimately it needed to concentrate that energy and manpower unto one or two easily recognizable and popular goals (eg- higher minimum wage, prosecution of the banksters, etc). Any measurable success on any one of those fronts would have transformed a movement into a major player.

18 February, 2013 15:08  

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