A mathematician looks at Occupy
This is a great post from MathBabe. The context is making scientific publishing less oligarchic and more democratic*, but here's what she has to say about Occupy:
The Occupy Wall Street movement means a lot of things to a lot of people, but one of the things it pretty much universally represents is the concept of agency.
Instead of sitting passively by and allowing a dysfunctional system to detract from a culture, the participants in Occupy want to object, to reform the system, and if that doesn’t work, to build a new system. And the crucial point is that they feel that they have the right (if not obligation) to do so. Moreover, they wish to construct a new paradigm built on democratic understanding of the shared goals of the system itself, rather than letting whomever is in power decide how things work and who benefits.
I agree. And people like MathBabe are equipped to do this, and are doing it.
I wish I had a better metaphor than branding -- readers? -- but clearly the Occupy brand has great value. Strategically.
NOTE * I imagine it would also be nice to avoid fraud and reveal conflicts of interest, but maybe that's just oligarchy in action. And see here! Boycott, a non-violent tactic.