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babsbunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-20-11 05:59 PM
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Occupy Wall Street: The Beginning Is Here
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Jonathan Schell
October 19, 2011

Nothing is more striking about the Occupy Wall Street movement, which in a political instant has swept through not only the United States but the world, than its origin. It seemed to come out of nowhere, like a virgin birth. There were, of course, organizations that played a critical initiating role, which is gradually being acknowledged and rightly honored (see, for example, Nathan Schneider, From Occupy Wall Street to Occupy Everywhere, October 31). But it would be wrong to assign paternity in any ordinary sense to them, and they indeed disavow such a claim. On the contrary, the core activists in Liberty Plaza founded on the spot a decentralized, nonviolent pattern of leaderless self-organization that made every participant, old or new to the process, a founding father (or mother). The movement, you could say, was father and mother to itself. To join it was, immediately, to become it.
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