A: There is no secret in the United States that the rich are indeed very rich and becoming even more so at the expense of the rest of society.
Michael Muskal does such a great job with this.
Q: What does it mean to call the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators a social movement?
A: Social movements generally channel society’s politics of anger, but don’t necessarily take power themselves.
For example, it was a social movement run by students against the draft and the Vietnam War that contributed to Lyndon Johnson’s decision to forgo a bid for reelection in 1968. The Vietnam War itself didn’t end until there had been several more years of protest and a Republican president was in office.
The civil rights movement, the women’s movement, the environmental movement and, on the other side of the spectrum, the tea party movement have all achieved some successes in getting established institutions such as political parties to carry out their platforms.