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Joshua Green

No Tea Party, ‘Occupy’ is fizzling

By Joshua Green
November 17, 2011

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“Occupy Wall Street can only grow,’’ a spokesman for the group told the New York Times on Wednesday. But that may not be true. Eschewing hierarchy, the various groups have never sought to explain, or even affected to care about, how they would sustain themselves and grow beyond simple street protests. Stubbornly ecumenical, they have refused to issue demands or devise a clear political agenda. While they have succeeded in drawing global attention to problems such as income inequality, they’ve done nothing to force the hands of anyone in Congress or the White House - the institutions best positioned to address their grievances.

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