The Occupy movement, inspired by the Arab Spring, Spain’s Indignados and Wisconsin’s mass mobilzation against Governor Scott Walker, has spread throughout the nation and the globe. As signs demanding the rightful economic equality for the 99% are seen in New York, Los Angeles, Sydney, Hong Kong and Madrid, we know that this movement is occupying not only Wall Street but the world.
The Nation‘s editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel joined The Ed Show last night to explain how the Occupy movement, or the "99% movement," has "captured the imagination" and opened up a space for political deliberation that had only too recently been drowned out by other manufactured crises. These protests around the globe have reshaped the political landscape in the US and other parts of the world. The power of the Occupy movement does not lie in specific demands, as vanden Heuvel pointed out, but in its moral demand and its "super charging" energy for a coalition of different progressive groups fighting to change the status quo that only serves the interests of a small group of people.