Blog: Reflections on the Occupy Movement

When the “Occupy Wall Street” protests first erupted in the autumn of 2011, few could have foreseen how rapidly the movement would at first swell, and then spread, over the face of the nation.  Similarly, of course, few predicted that the abuse of a street vendor in Tunisia would spark a wave of uprisings throughout the Arab world.  But such is the unpredictability of the politics of protest, particularly when the seeds of discontent are already deeply sown.

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