Suggested Reading: "A Eulogy for #Occupy"

From the time she arrived at Occupy Wall Street in the Fall of 2011, Quinn Norton has been on my 'must follow' list on Twitter. While, from what I could gather, she was a true believer in Occupy's cause, but has been fair and objective when describing the events she witnessed.

Her latest article for Wired may be the best, and most honest, thing that anyone has written about OWS to date.
"The police stepped lightly on the stones of Zuccotti, and for the first time I could see that their steps had the quality of fear, fear of something too big and close to be seen, this thing that frightened the NYPD. Amongst the great edifices of lower Manhattan and the power of our nation, was the realization that it couldn’t last. The constructions of the great and good society were fated to fall.

On the night of Nov. 15, they hadn’t merely shot the messenger. They’d done that too, but they’d beat the people that had come back from the future with lifeboats. Like Anonymous and Piratbyrån before them, OWS was a messenger from the future, not so much fighting the system as explaining to the old way of doing things that it had already lost. That future, still nebulous, soaked into the nondescript stones of Zuccotti. But the old world around us had rejected the message from the new world, never understanding that theirs was a mission of mercy to the lost."

If Occupy is a subject that interests you, on any level, it is worth reading the entire thing.

However you feel about Occupy, it has caused and will continue to cause change. It has indoctrinated, in a trial by fire, a new generation of activists. It has begun to change the American political debate. (Just one example: An American President running on a promise to raise taxes and winning could not have happened prior to Occupy.) Americans, or those who were paying attention, as well as others in Canada, the UK and elsewhere have become aware of how much needs to change. They are also aware of how far "democratic" governments are willing to go, how repressive they are willing to be, to prevent any real change.

All in all, the full effects of OWS will not be able to be fully and accurately measured for a generation or two. However Norton's piece is a good overview of the end of the beginning.

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