Democracy and #OccupyWallStreet
It remains to be seen how effective the Occupy Wall Street folks will be. (We should see some more specific demands out of the occupiers in the coming weeks and months.) I tend to think some of the criticism from the left has been valid. But for all the flak they’ve received, it’s still spread to the heartland (thereby putting participation within my geographical reach).
As Ned Resnikoff has written, the occupiers should be hailed for creating a “public, counter-establishment communal space.” They’re doing more than that, though. They’re also instantiating a radical conception of democracy that is antithetical to the prevailing minimalist conception. Schumpeter would be pissed.
Here’s hoping the occupations become more diffuse—and stronger.