Occupy protesters owe thanks to Mayor Bloomberg [The conversation]
The Occupy Wall Street protesters may have been evicted from Manhattan's Zuccotti Park -- to the delight of the New York Daily News' editorial board and the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin-- but the 99% movement lives on. Here's what opinionators are saying in the wake of Monday's midnight raid.
This is what revolution looks like, argues Chris Hedges on Truth Dig:
The historian Crane Brinton in his book "Anatomy of a Revolution" laid out the common route to revolution. The preconditions for successful revolution, Brinton argued, are discontent that affects nearly all social classes, widespread feelings of entrapment and despair, unfulfilled expectations, a unified solidarity in opposition to a tiny power elite, a refusal by scholars and thinkers to continue to defend the actions of the ruling class, an inability of government to respond to the basic needs of citizens, a steady loss of will within the power elite itself and defections from the inner circle, a crippling isolation that leaves the power elite without any allies or outside support and, finally, a financial crisis. Our corporate elite, as far as Brinton was concerned, has amply fulfilled these preconditions. But it is Brinton's next observation that is most worth remembering. Revolutions always begin, he wrote, by making impossible demands that if the government met would mean the end of the old configurations of power. The second stage, the one we have entered now, is the unsuccessful attempt by the power elite to quell the unrest and discontent through physical acts of repression.
New York Times Op-Ed columnist Nicholas Kristof tweets:
WNYC's Justin Krebs offers his thanks to Mayor Bloomberg on It's a Free Blog:
Thank you, Mayor Bloomberg. You may have given the Occupy Wall Street movement -- which you disdain, dismiss but have largely suffered -- a boost of energy that time, weather and attrition had severely threatened.
Just hours after Adbusters had warned of how a prolonged occupation could exhaust the movement, the Mayor woke it up again.
This is just what the movement needed, writes Matthew Yglesias on Think Progress:
The worst possible outcome is for the movement to just kind of fade away, and by trying to forcibly clear the park with the NYPD, Bloomberg has guaranteed that won't happen.
The Occupiers will persevere, says Warren Goldstein on the Huffington Post:
Millions of us have found our spirits lifted and conversations changed by the courage of the Occupier. Knowing that they were there has been a spiritual and political touchstone as the movement has grown across the country. Now that the minions of the 1% are closing down this vibrant democratic engine, it's time for the 99% to show New York City and the world that the movement lives. The Mayor has made a mistake, but it's up to the rest of us to show him -- and the world -- that democracy is stronger than the tin soldiers of the NYPD. My livestream has gone dead. The movement hasn't.
Get ready for a renewed focus, writes the Atlantic's Derek Thompson:
But the geography of Occupy Wall Street can't become more important than its message. Whether there are tents in Zuccotti Park is secondary to the question of how do you turn a movement veering into a drug-and-violence protest into an inclusive campaign that non-marching liberals can feel a part of? […]
OWS has its newspeg. It's time to write the larger story. To get moving again, Occupy Wall Street doesn't need to re-pitch its tents. It needs a bigger tent.
--Alexandra Le Tellier
Photo: Occupy Wall Street protesters regroup Tuesday in Duarte Park in New York after they were forced to leave their encampment in Zuccotti Park. Credit: Craig Ruttle / Associated Press