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Jacob Laksin is a senior writer for Front Page Magazine.
He is co-author, with David Horowitz, of The New Leviathan (Crown Forum, 2012), and One-Party Classroom (Crown Forum, 2009).
In New York they clashed with police and threatened to “burn New York City to the f---ing ground.” In Washington D.
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Five days of observing working group meetings, sitting in on General Assemblies and talking to women at the occupation suggests that the answer to the sign’s question is a resounding “everywhere.” Women have been entrenched in the day-to-day (running meetings, procuring food) and long-term (analyzing structure, building solidarity) work of Occupy Wall Street from day one, and are committed to sticking around.
The protestors clearly think so, pointing to their migration to social media to spread their message, such as it is.
But this is more likely a sign of the protest’s end than its new beginning.
Even less credible than its alleged political contribution to the national debate was Occupy Wall Street’s claim to represent the “99 percent” of all Americans.
Anyone who had seen pictures of the mostly white middle-class twenty-somethings camping out in public parks would know that the protestors were not a particularly diverse bunch, but now there is empirical evidence to bear this out.It was just the latest setback for a self-styled movement that has fizzled out in recent weeks as public and official patience with it has worn thin.While yesterday’s events highlight how ineffectual the campaign has become, Occupy Wall Street long ago became a parody of political cluelessness.Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at @jlaksin.Misinformation, lies, "fake news" -- whatever you call it, the only way to fight back is through accurate, responsible reporting.Nor did they require economic advice from radicals urging the abolition of capital to see that the country’s economy had seen better days.