Occupy Wall Street: Who they are and what they want
- October 7, 2011
- David Meyer, sociology professor, is quoted in Globe and Mail October 6, 2011
From Globe and Mail:
The Occupy Wall Street movement is attracting a global following of people who are frustrated with a political system they say favors corporations and the super-rich.... David Meyer, author of "The Politics of Protest" and a professor of sociology at the University of California, Irvine, said confusion about the protesters' goals is a barrier to bringing about change because it's easy for observers to dismiss the group. But if the protests continue to grow in the United States, he said they could act as a counter-balance to the Tea Party, which has galvanized protesters on the right. "If it works, if they're effective, you'll see pre-established activists and institutional politicians on the left becoming more vigorous, and more visible," Mr. Meyer said. "There could be a political price to pay if they sign off for deals that, [for example,] don't support progressive taxation."
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