Since the middle of September, some 1000 protesters have been demonstrating on Wall Street, denouncing big business and high finance, calling for more regulations on banks and corporations, an end to housing foreclosures, and more taxes on the rich. The protest movement is called Occupy Wall Street.
The protests have been growing. This weekend 700 demonstrators were arrested on Brooklyn Bridge. The movement has spread to Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, and other cities. Celebrities from Roseanne Barr to Michael Moore are supporting the cause. So are intellectuals such as Salman Rushdie, Noam Chomsky, and Cornell West. Reportedly, some labor unions are considering getting involved.
Occupy Wall Street is claiming kinship with the Arab Spring.
Is this potentially the tea party of the left that liberals have been calling for? Do you think this will bring new life to political liberalism? Is there actually an underlying kinship between those who protest big government and those who protest big business?