Are the Occupy Wall Street protests the start of a movement?
Matt Taibbi spoke to Keith Olbermann on the Occupy Wall street protests and he stated:”Well, I think, clearly, this one seems a little different to me because it’s supposedly specifically directed towards Wall Street and it’s at Wall Street and so, thematically, it should be different. But I think, you know, it has a lot in common with the tea party movement that popped up a couple of years ago, which is, you know — somebody gave people an excuse to come out in the streets and organize and show their anger and, all of a sudden, there were millions of people. I think that could really happen here because there is enough discomfort out there that, you know, those numbers will be there.“
I’m of the opinion that this response by the left is not only predictable, but that the right have the left in reactionary mode. The Tea Party is anti-government, and many factions of the left are also anti-government. The Tea Party is the anarchist movement of the right, it is highly probable likely that the anarchist on the left will also form an exoteric movement. This does not bode well for the nation as it further divides the nation between the two extremely polarized factions.
These factions existed prior to the Tea Party, prior to the Occupy Wall Street protest. Mark Taibbi is right about the anger, but a key difference between the Tea Party and Occupy Wall-street is that the Tea Party was quickly co-opted by heavy hitters such as the Koch brothers. These benefactors are what legitimized the Tea Party politically and unless the left can find or align with benefactors among the financial elite, the political movement they form will likely not receive the approval of the establishment or be considered mainstream.