The Occupy Wall Street protests have America’s rulers worried. They seem to have few real answers to the desperate situation of so many people, other than stupid insults (Republicans), slick platitudes (Democrats), and police in riot gear.
Commenting on the police harassment of occupy camps, British musician Brian Eno, visiting Zuccotti Park in New York in November with fellow artist Laurie Anderson, remarked, “It’s all done to discourage people, to wear people down so it just becomes too annoying to carry on.” It’s unlikely the harassment will work. Those who have tasted the power of the streets are talking truth not so much to power as to each other. In doing so they are discovering a sense of their own power, to remake politics and society. Such experience bodes well for the future.