A Look Back at Occupy

No one walked away from Occupy the same person. The occupiers will always say “we learned so much,” and the simplicity of the words belie how deep the change runs. We all learned so much in the season of Occupy. We learned there is a hostile army threaded through our nation. We learned that children can be casually brutalized, just to keep traffic from being inconvenienced.

We learned that Americans can come together and care for one another. We learned there is a great and terrible spirit in this land, the sleeping giant of our spirits summed together.

Quinn Norton was Wired’s correspondent for the Occupy Movement, and today, she has a 7,500 piece up on the site looking back on what she experienced, and what worked and what failed. (Among the things she felt didn’t work was the General Assembly: “The idea of the GA — its process, its form, inclusiveness — failed. It had all the best chances to evolve, imprinted on the consciousness of thousands of occupiers like a second language. No idea gets a better chance than that, and it still failed.”)


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Megano! (#124)

I wouldn’t feel too bad, the General Assembly worked out way worse during the French Revolution.

selenana (#673)

Thanks for linking this. Good read.

Markham (#1,862)

Occupy’s impact IMO breaks down like this:

1) Huge impact on the participants, not so much on anyone else beyond….

2) Your Facebook friends who post income inequality memes and the dozens of writers who write about same. Whether or not these things have valid economic reasoning behind them is another AKA yes it exists, but is it caused by the things the writer says it’s caused by?

3) Cultural Vocabulary: “Occupy this, occupy that”

In the end we’re in the same place, no progress and the real reason behind income inequality: lack of low skill middle class jobs has barely been talked about let alone addressed.

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