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So, what are the specific demands and aims of the Occupy Wall Street protest?  Here are some sources of information on the protest –

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Written by teppo

October 2, 2011 at 12:23 am

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  1. I plan to spend the better part of tomorrow at the protest. If anyone is curious about something that requires an eyewitness, let me know ASAP here or via email.

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    Jenn Lena

    October 2, 2011 at 12:42 am

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  3. > So, what are the specific demands and aims of the Occupy Wall Street protest?

    I’m not a social movements expert, but I thought the whole “expressive” argument of folks like Jim Jasper was that we shouldn’t take for granted that a social movement is necessarily a strategic actor that has specific aims and demands.

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    gabrielrossman

    October 2, 2011 at 2:41 am

  4. Gabriel: I have no idea.

    Jenn: Cool. I obviously don’t do work in this space but the heterogeneous crowds and interests and demands that protests like this (somehow) bring together is interesting to me. Anonymous is also interesting as a group. Have fun.

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    teppo

    October 2, 2011 at 2:52 am

  5. The REAL Terrorist in this world are on Wall Street and Washington who are ALL controlled by the Banks. If we could only AUDIT the FED this Scam would END in a New York Minute. It’s time to free the Slaves. The Fractional Reserve Banking System is nothing but a Paper Ponzi Scheme that will end up making Everyone a Slave to the Banks.

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    Lawrence

    October 2, 2011 at 11:11 am

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  7. Gabriel: Jasper actually makes seemingly contradictory points in his work. On the one hand, much of what social movements do is fulfill the expressive needs of their members (this is the whole “new social movement” thesis imported from Europe), but on the other hand, movement actors can develop strategic abilities that help them overcome structural deficits and influence their targets to change their ways (see his book on strategy and the underrated Jasper and Poulsen 1993).

    I don’t see why both can’t be true. The problem with the “expressive” purpose alone is that it doesn’t seem very conducive to actual reform. In the long run it may help produce transformative change by creating new cultural tools, beliefs, and identities, but in the short term expressive protest may have very little impact on public policy.

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    brayden king

    October 2, 2011 at 3:28 pm

  8. I should also add that one way in which the OccupyWallStreet movement has been spectacularly successful has been in generating lots of media attention to the protests. I wonder though what issues are actually being addressed by the media in their coverage of the protests. If the coverage is mostly about arrests and police brutality and little coverage is given to the targets of the protest (e.g., Wall Street firms) and the issues protestors have with those targets, then the targets have no reason to change anything. They can just sit back and wait for the fire to die down and hope to avoid getting their names mentioned in the press.

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    brayden king

    October 2, 2011 at 3:34 pm

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  10. Jenn Lena

    October 2, 2011 at 11:38 pm

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  13. Brayden,

    Good point about the media coverage. I suspect that the more mainstream attention will lead potentially interested people to websites where the groups can get their message out, and specific information about the targets can be broadcast. Also I suspect the media coverage is attracting other activists to the cause, which will add strength to the movement.

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    Charles Seguin

    October 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm

  14. David Graeber (author of the soon-to-be-book-clubbed Debt: The First 5000 Years) is interviewed by Ezra Klein on the goals of the movement.

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    Trey

    October 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm

  15. As a complete dilettante in this area of scholarship and observation, I am intrigued by the incipient movement.

    A question for this of you with expertise: I saw a couple of interviews with students who are using this forum to protest the hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt they have incurred to complete their education at private universities. One was a Columbia graduate student in the humanities. Will the attachment to this series of protests by people whose plight is clearly of their own design, rather than a consequence of Wall Street excesses, hurt the perception of the movement in the public arena?

    Cheers

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    Randy

    October 3, 2011 at 6:02 pm

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  17. Occupy Wall Street still contains many problematic aspects, but it nevertheless presents an opportunity for the Left to engage with some of the nascent anti-capitalist sentiment taking shape there. Hopefully, the demonstrations will lead to a general radicalization of the participants’ politics, and a commitment to the longer-term project of social emancipation. To this end, I have written up a rather pointed Marxist analysis of the OWS movement so far that you might find interesting:

    Reflections on Occupy Wall Street: What It Represents, Its Prospects, and Its Deficiencies

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    Ross Wolfe

    October 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm

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    ows op-ed « orgtheory.net

    October 12, 2011 at 12:45 am

  19. I’m SO glad to see this dialog finally beginning, where people examine and reassess the business practices we’ve taken for granted for too long. This refers to things like the wealthiest paying the lowest tax rates, the bankers controlling the financial system, money controlling congress, and the CEOs making 343 times as much income as the average worker. I can assure you, they don’t do the work of 343 men!

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    christianliberal

    October 13, 2011 at 2:49 am


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