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Despite Becoming a Branded Revolution, Occupy Still Built Solidarity


The movement becomes less about ‘social movement creation’ and more about making alliances between students and workers. 

But since the movement did not, in fact, spring fully formed from the head of a meme-maker, I hope yet to see more emerge out of it. That Occupy’s most recognizable figure was the college graduate, deeply in debt and without future prospects, marked the intersection of two important developments rooted much more deeply than the allegedly spontaneous origins of 2011’s encampments: a rekindling of youth activism, but also a touchstone moment for a potential alliance between a downwardly-mobile middle class (or as Barbara Ehrenreich has described it, the professional-managerial class), and the working class...