Before Occupy came along, the Tea Party narrative was dominant in American politics. Conservative activists told a story about how big government was strangling taxpayers and small businesses, holding back growth, fiscally bankrupting the nation, and attacking freedom. Occupy’s rise was a pivot point away from that narrative. It legitimized public discussion of inequality and helped embolden Democrats to talk about this problem, including President Obama, who gave a hard-hitting speech on inequality in Osawatomie, Kansas just three months after demonstrators first appeared at Zuccotti Park.
1. Putting Inequality on the Agenda
2. Shaping the 2012 Election
3. Influencing Tax Debates
4. Reviving Progressive Populism
5. Seeding the New Union Organizing
6. Keeping the Heat on Wall Street
7. Offering Alternatives to Capitalism
Phi Beta Iota: Totally delusional but well-intentioned. Occupy — and Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich and all of the small party presidential candidate that refused to join We the People Reform Coalition for a “red line” stand on electoral reform — all had their chance and they blew it. A meltdown is coming. We pray it restores the neighborhood.