Occupy Wall Street is somewhere between a moment and a movement. Moment or movement, it’s the fastest growing phenomenon on the left in decades. In three weeks, Occupy traversed a distance that took three years during the movement against the Vietnam war--from incredulity to trivialization to respect and popularity. It has changed the national debate with its “We are the 99 percent” slogan, which garnered near instant support throughout the country. In the course of a few weeks of human events, Occupy whipped up an incandescent compound of joy, anger, hope, and resolve--and most importantly, the promise of truly changing the political map.
Yet despite its widespread appeal, Occupy Wall Street has been poorly understood--on both the left and the right--by journalists, pundits, politicians, and everyday Americans alike. With Occupy Nation, Todd Gitlin explores the origins, the spirit, the uniqueness and predecessors, the inner tensions, and the outlooks of the OWS movement. Providing both a unique interpretation of where the movement has come from while teasing out the significant role it’s likely to play in political culture over the coming years, Occupy Nation is the book for anyone looking to understand the revolution playing out before their eyes.