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A Pepper Spraying on the Way to Occupying the Agenda

My Sunday column argues that the Occupy movement’s success isn’t about encampments at bits of real estate around the country, but about putting the issue of income inequality on the national agenda. The moral high ground it occupies is the issues, and that’s why it doesn’t matter if protesters lose control of parks here or there.I also argue that Mayor Bloomberg and various police chiefs have, in their crackdowns, inadvertently energized the movement. You can see that again in this video from UC-Davis, which seems to show an unprovoked pepper-spraying of peaceful protesters by police. (I tweeted and FB’d the video, and some objected to my use of “seems”–that’s because I wasn’t there, I can’t prove that that was pepper spray, and reporters learn to be very, very careful with facts that they don’t witness.)So where does the movement go from here? Do you agree with me about a push to “occupy the agenda”? And that the police overreaction just feeds the movement?

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