The #OccupyWallStreet crowd has been successful, from a visual and attention-seeking standpoint. And yes, their "movement" is growing.
But I'm still very confused as to what this "movement" hopes to accomplish. Besides serving as a solidarity snapshot of the American center-to-left, and providing a cathartic blowing off of steam at how things suck now, what is going to be accomplished? These men and women can get on all the news programs, say whatever they want about Wall Street, and live in a park for three weeks, but they still didn't even affect local school boards or city councils from a "power" standpoint.
The problem in this country has never really been getting people into big crowds for a big purpose (sports and music festivals do that), the problem has been how people feel they have no agency to govern themselves, but have difficulty realizing what agency they do have. For the most part, however, it is there for the taking, and has always been. I've never been denied access to a local political meeting, a school board meeting, a city council meeting, or any meeting regarding the community interest. Governing decisions are made in such places.
Camping out in the park may reignite some of the passion for being a liberal in the same way that attending a Tea Party protest gave catharsis to the cultural panic of older white Americans. But at least the Tea Party had an end goal: take over all elected offices everywhere.
For those keeping score at home, that's just what they did in 2010.
I wonder if the #OccupyParks folks will ever turn the corner from participation in spectacle to participation in governing.