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Monday Marks the One-Year Anniversary of 'Occupy Wall Street': Has the Movement Made a Difference?

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On Monday, protesters will gather near the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. People in more than 30 other cities around the world will also mark the occasion by attending rallies and marches.

One year ago, on September 17, 2011, a group of young people began camping in Zuccotti Park to protest corporate greed and economic inequality. The gathering quickly grew in numbers, also spreading to other cities around the country and globe. Occupiers became known for the slogan “We are the 99 percent!” and were occasionally joined by celebrities.

On November 15, 2011, New York City police officers shut down the encampment. One by one, Occupy encampments around the country were raided and dismantled. The loss of the encampments, combined with the movement’s lack of leadership or specific demands, caused Occupy to splinter and lose momentum. These days, the Occupy label has been co-opted to protest everything from climate change to illegal immigration.

So SodaHeads, what do you think? It’s been a year since Occupy Wall Street began. Has the movement made a difference?

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  • Trust N... RoyJLores 2012/09/17 12:57:18
    Trust Noone
    +3
    Please point out the similarity?
  • Preside... RoyJLores 2012/09/17 13:58:38
    President Camacho
    +1
    The TEA party has done a lot! 2010 election landslide for conservatives was tea party driven.
  • RoyJLores Preside... 2012/09/17 22:00:16
    RoyJLores
    And policy didn't change, nothing change things got worse and will get worse no matter whose Establishment sock puppet wins they didn't do a think. At least the liberty movement placed libertarian and constitutional conservative delegates in positions of power at the state and local levels instead of playing fiddler for the Establishment as OWS and Tea Party has...
  • Preside... RoyJLores 2012/09/18 00:15:05
    President Camacho
    The left still control senate and exec...we need conservative s
  • RoyJLores Preside... 2012/09/22 00:07:00
    RoyJLores
    if you mean social conservatives and warmongering Neocons no thank you, we need Constitutional conservatives and libertarians and that's not going to happen except from the very bottom up...
  • Flaming... RoyJLores 2012/09/17 16:54:43
    Flamingo Flame Gem *AFCL*
    +2
    Wrong about the TEA Party we are alive and you will see come November american flag
  • RoyJLores Flaming... 2012/09/22 00:09:07
  • caius madison 2012/09/17 12:30:54
    No
    caius madison
    +1
    It isn't really doing anything but cluttering up news stations whenever a new protest happens.
  • susan 2012/09/17 12:21:17
    No
    susan
    +2
    The group had no clear objectives, no leadership, and did not understand the issues it purported to be protesting.
    Wall Street, or rather the banking system in this country, needs to be reined in with effective laws that protect, not only the end consumer, but the system from itself. The greed of the banksters to line their own pockets, the corruption and freedom from law and prosecution that they enjoy has led to massive collateral damage throughout the US economy (and the world's).
  • ComeOnNow susan 2012/09/17 13:15:56
    ComeOnNow
    +2
    Not to mention the complete lack of responsibility given to politicians that spent decades forcing down underwriting restrictions at banks like Barney frank that came out squeaky clean in this due to the complacent media
  • jack_kazim 2012/09/17 12:19:00
  • dave b jack_kazim 2012/09/17 13:04:06
    dave b
    +6
    So, wanting smaller government, fewer taxes, and unmolested freedoms arent rational?
  • dave b dave b 2012/09/18 18:33:54
    dave b
    A whole day to reply and tell us all why wanting those things I posted above is irrational. Dont you just despise these big mouthed louts who spout off bumper sticker wisdom and then are too gutless to at least make an attempt to explain their posts?
  • jack_kazim dave b 2012/09/19 11:47:41 (edited)
  • jack_kazim dave b 2012/09/19 12:01:25 (edited)
  • jack_kazim dave b 2012/09/19 12:18:48
  • jack_kazim dave b 2012/09/19 11:36:58
  • jack_kazim dave b 2012/09/19 12:06:10 (edited)
  • jack_kazim dave b 2012/09/19 12:12:34 (edited)
  • Preside... jack_kazim 2012/09/17 14:00:27
    President Camacho
    +2
    The tea party are extremists? What a joke! Extremists are the animals sacking our embassies driven by hateful radical Islam.
  • jack_kazim Preside... 2012/09/19 11:50:35
  • Hawkeye jack_kazim 2012/09/17 15:56:11
    Hawkeye
    +1
    Next to the EXTREMISM of the Left that NOW runs the Democrat Party,, EVEN Liberals like JFK look like RWNJs...

    " Ask NOT what your country can do for YOU" would have gotten JFK branded,, by even the so called MODERATE Left of today,, as a RUSH LIMBAUGH clone if he were alive today..
  • jack_kazim Hawkeye 2012/09/19 12:19:49
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/09/17 11:55:02
    No
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +1
    No, in the beginning it sounded like they may have had something to say worth listening to but they devolved into the meaningless sound of petulant children, boring slogans, and pointless gibberish peppered with criminal activities. And that was in the first 30 days, now, less than meaningless with no clue that there are millions of people in between the very wealth and the poor. There never was a 99% and this stunning stupid presentation of society done by leaches on their parents and society in general is just ridiculous and boring.
  • Soundstorm Jackie ... 2012/09/21 05:18:45
    Soundstorm
    +1
    I guess we can all say we're part of the 99% if we're NOT part of the Occupy hullabaloo.
  • Jackie ... Soundstorm 2012/09/21 11:56:02
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +1
    Bravo - you are exactly right
  • MW121 2012/09/17 11:48:44
    No
    MW121
    What is OWS..
  • pops 2012/09/17 11:43:55
    No
    pops
    unless your a liberal.
  • AndrewTally 2012/09/17 11:43:07
    No
    AndrewTally
    +1
    I speak as someone on the left of British politics here.

    The occupy movement has been founded on the fallacy that there is no social class in-between the rich and the poor.
  • sundance 2012/09/17 10:57:42
    Yes
    sundance
    +1
    Apparently it has made a difference, at least to a couple of very large banks. Many Chase customers, showed up in a 24 hour period and closed their accounts and moved to greener pastures. This has been a trend ( and probably a show of solidarity), starting to repeat itself. Seems some find the giant banking institutions to be at fault for the present financial situation, and are taking it personally. Will just have to see if actions in 2012 are the start of a financial renascence.....Just a thought....
  • Jackie ... sundance 2012/09/17 11:57:34
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +2
    They would have done better to look to what really caused the financial situation, the government. But then what can be done with overgrown children who see marxism as an answer when it has been a proven failure. Simplistic children with no point.
  • sundance Jackie ... 2012/09/17 17:38:29
    sundance
    Regardless of what we all might think my friend, money runs the world. Governments are made up of narcissistic, power seeking, impotent old CPA's, that fantasize about being king of the big machine. Plain and simple, money makes the world go round, while the game of politics plays on for their amusement......
    This entire planet is run by a mere handful of men, capable of effecting the financial tide, on a global scale. These men are immune to the strife, drama and hustle of survival. They never hear or see the every day struggle that is life. They are the real criminals, and yet, they actually commit no crime. Their crime is stagnation. They have billions, and they let them languish idly by, collect interest, and glut the system. Then, when its time to activate the big machine, and make it all happen, they release a tide of wealth into the market, and quite simply move it in any direction they desire.
    So actually, knowing it or not, the "Occupy Wall Street" gang, actually stimulated the global economy. Why you ask? Because they have to eat, and drive, and eventually pay fines/bail, or drive home. Because they spend money, and therefore, stimulate the big machine. And the crux of the protest for many, was to take their money out of the giant financial institutions, and transfer...
    Regardless of what we all might think my friend, money runs the world. Governments are made up of narcissistic, power seeking, impotent old CPA's, that fantasize about being king of the big machine. Plain and simple, money makes the world go round, while the game of politics plays on for their amusement......
    This entire planet is run by a mere handful of men, capable of effecting the financial tide, on a global scale. These men are immune to the strife, drama and hustle of survival. They never hear or see the every day struggle that is life. They are the real criminals, and yet, they actually commit no crime. Their crime is stagnation. They have billions, and they let them languish idly by, collect interest, and glut the system. Then, when its time to activate the big machine, and make it all happen, they release a tide of wealth into the market, and quite simply move it in any direction they desire.
    So actually, knowing it or not, the "Occupy Wall Street" gang, actually stimulated the global economy. Why you ask? Because they have to eat, and drive, and eventually pay fines/bail, or drive home. Because they spend money, and therefore, stimulate the big machine. And the crux of the protest for many, was to take their money out of the giant financial institutions, and transfer it to either smaller institutions, or spend it. Wallah, economy stimulated.
    Now I realize that this is a gross over simplification, but the simple truth is this. The government is simply OZ, and money, plain and simple, is the man behind the curtain...Just a thought...
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  • Jackie ... sundance 2012/09/17 18:04:07
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Yes, I saw their "tide" of economic impact - restaurants destroyed, food stolen from markets, businesses closed for weeks on end. All they did was cost the taxpayers money with no point.

    Sorry, you will need someone much more naive to sell this to - See, I know poison is bad for me no matter how slick the package
  • sundance Jackie ... 2012/09/17 22:29:46 (edited)
    sundance
    Ever heard of "mob rules"? If you are so naive as to believe that the mob was made up of just one mind, you are not to bright. Those desiring to cause a riot, will infect a demonstration and excite the crowd, to cover their agenda. This is not naivete, as much as logic. Hence the term "wolves in sheep's clothing" (and its original origin). This still does nothing to argue the point, or the overall outcome. Chase, JP Morgan, B of A, and many other mega banks, took one hell of a hit, directly connected to this movement. That was my real point. And in many (nearly all) demonstrations, the mood of the crowd and their behavior, were actually quite sedate, given the circumstances. This is a powerful subject, with many passionate followers, who unfortunately had little or no leadership. That in itself should have been the real clue. Were it truly organized, their would have been less chaos, and less chance to exploit an advantageous situation...Just a thought...

    PS....The crowd was made up of, amongst other elements, tax payers.....
  • Jackie ... sundance 2012/09/17 23:14:50
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Well they accomplished nothing then and nothing today - 100% of nothing is still nothing.

    Have a nice evening
  • sundance Jackie ... 2012/09/18 01:19:20
    sundance
    Well, nothing is a stretch, however, they certainly fell grossly short of the mark. According to industry records, they did pull off a large inconvenience (sort of like a boil on your ass) to Chase and B of A, but your right, it was nothing tangible or overly worrisome. On the other hand, it did cause some policy makeovers as far as how customers accounts, fees and surcharges are accrued. A miniscule victory for sure. However, when battling a giant, it is first, all important, that you survived. If it really did anything at all, it may have served as shades of things to come. I would feel confident that should this happen again, it will be organized, led and much more focused. I think this was an impromptu poke, at the belly of the beast....Just a thought...

    I too wish you a pleasant evening....
  • ed 2012/09/17 10:41:06
    No
    ed
    +1
    not a bit of difference.
  • ComeOnNow 2012/09/17 10:30:52
    No
    ComeOnNow
    +2
    They vandalized and trashed our cities all while demanding hand outs stolen from their neigbors. Then on too of that, they pretend to be agains cronyism but ignorantly support the democrats or socialism, which is all about central planning aka government cronyism by the government picking the winners and losers based political favors and not marketability. In reality, they stand for nothing but stealing and cronyism.
  • Bali 2012/09/17 10:30:27
    No
    Bali
    +2
    It reminded us all that there are many useless imbeciles out there with too much time on their hands. They should be looking for a JOB.
  • jack_kazim Bali 2012/09/17 12:22:02

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