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Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Occupy movement, continued

One one level, it has become more and more difficult to defend the "occupiers," as the encampments become more and more a public nuisance. On another level, the essential nature of the protest is beginning seriously to unnerve the plutocrats, and that is a good thing (see recent Rumination on "Chip" Skowron's crimes). It is much to be hoped that the leaders of the movement, such as they are, will shut down the encampments and move toward a more coherent mode of protest. It cannot be denied from a biblical point of view that there is much to be said for a people's uprising against corporate greed and corruption.

A column two days ago by noted writer James B. Stewart (Pulitzer Prize winner, author of Den of Thieves) argues that the Occupy movement will have a lasting impact on public attitudes about egregious inequality (the 99% vs. the 1%). Stewart's column is short and easy to read, and he quotes diverse people, even including a Tea Party strategist. Here is the link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/19/business/occupy-wall-street-has-plenty-of-potential.html?scp=1&sq=james+b+stewart&st=nyt