Mike Davis, a Nation contributing editor, is a writer, historian, and political activist. His books include Prisoners of the American Dream, City of Quartz, Ecology of Fear, and Planet of Slums. His latest book, Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties, co-authored with Jon Wiener, is out now.
I thought I might find a simple meme of the Wall Street protest. What I discovered was a desert flower brought to blossom by an activist tradition, coalition-building and old-fashioned grit.