Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The "Occupy _____" Moment/Movement

I've been working on a second book project, and not regularly posting here.  I did a guest stint at Concurring Opinions in September and October, during which I posted several things about the "Occupy" protests.  You can check those out here.

The Occupations have mostly been shut out of public parks and plazas.  But protesters have found new places to occupy and contest, including the U.S. Capitol.  Whatever the future of this moment of discontent, it is clear that the occupiers have moved income inequality to the fore of the national debate.  And they did this by moving into and literally commandeering public spaces.  I suspect that even in the digital era, this will not be the last protest movement to rely on the streets and parks to spark a national debate.

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