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The Path Of Occupation
From Seattle to Wall Street--and beyond
Movements only appear to come out of nowhere. The "Tea Party" may have only brought a few well, mostly corporate, funded groups to light; the Coors's, the DeVoss's and of course the Koch's. These groups have been funding reactionary causes and candidates for years. The idea of a member of one of the right's outgroups sitting in the White House, and with an agenda that was moderately populist was enough to get them to start stirring the pot.
The "Occupy" movement, perhaps a true populist response to the "Tea Party", also may go back farther than many think. It probably did take inspiration from the 'Arab Spring' uprising in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. The worker's of Wisconsin with their occupation of that State's Capitol probably gave the "%99" some inspiration as well.
But the idea that the political power of corporations posed a threat to goes back years earlier. Perhaps all the way to the activists who rallied against the WTO in Seattle, Washington; those activists may have been the first to really bring the issue of corporate power to light.
These activists may have, joining with opponents of war and empire, kept the message alive by their opposition to the 'War on Terror'. The election of 2006 gave that movement a political victory that their predecessors from the 1960's never could. The 2008 election was merely the icing on the cake.
When the "%1" and their media mouthpieces managed to sell an agenda of obstruction, these activists were momentarily stunned. But much like the reactionaries, they regrouped and reorganized. The "Occupations" that began on Wall Street and have spanned the Country may be just the latest response.