Friday, January 6, 2012

Ocuppy Wall Street, the next step


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Arianna Huffington writes about OW:
The Occupy movement isn't just a challenge to our political system, it's a response -- a response to the fact that millions believe our system is broken and unable to craft solutions that would reverse the growing inequity and injustice that are fundamentally changing our country. It was a response to the growing feeling that the essential compact of the American Dream -- if you work hard and play by the rules, you'll be rewarded -- could no longer be trusted. And not only is our political system unable to repair it, our political institutions were complicit in the breakdown.
Agree. Then she makes this point:
Though the movement has been cleared out of many parks, this was never about land or territory. And even if it ended tomorrow -- and it's certainly not going to -- it has changed the national conversation in ways that would have seemed unthinkable even a year ago.
True, it's not about "land," which is a pretty vague cipher, but I'd argue that OW has lost its initial steam because it was, indeed, about occupying a physical space. And the status quo realized this right away, which is why OW was systematically evicted from most cities and municipalities across the nation.

What is important to define what that space means and how can be reclaimed back, though perhaps in a different form. This is what I intend to do in a forthcoming post.