Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Who will win an co-opting Occupy Wall Street

The real issue is not what's next for Occupy Wall Street or whether they will accomplish anything at all, but which socio-political faction will win at co-opting them. That would appear to the the far-left progressive liberal wing of the Democratic party, exemplified by the Big Three economists, Paul Krugman, Joseph Stiglitz, and Jeffrey Sachs, as well as Thomas Friedman, Elizabeth Warren, and others. Most of them are not political activists per se, but have clearly been cheerleading for the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The far-left progressive wing has so far failed to fully capture the agenda of the party and be a "real force" on the national political front. They excel at flitting in and out of the political scene, but also excel at avoiding any deep commitment to the party and even occasionally flirt with hinting at "a third party."
Elizabeth is running for Senate, so we'll have to see how she does and how she may try to further co-opt the OWS movement.
So far, the movement itself has expressed no political aspirations other than to insist that "we don't need politicians to build a better society."


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