The real reason OWS terrifies conservatives – Occupy Wall Street – Salon.com

27 Oct

Here’s what’s making professional right-wingers jumpy, as described by Rolling Stone’s resident hothead Matt Taibbi: “The reality is that Occupy Wall Street and the millions of Middle Americans who make up the Tea Party are natural allies and should be on the same page about most of the key issues.”

That’s not going to happen over the short term. The populist left, such as it is, has long had the dream of persuading working- and middle-class Americans to ignore the “tribal” differences that divide them—regional, racial, religious and cultural—to vote their shared economic self-interest.

Except during times of grave national danger—the Great Depression, for example—it’s pretty much remained a dream. Taibbi’s point, however, is that the ongoing economic crisis created by Wall Street greed and recklessness makes it possible that a new movement taking aim at incestuous political and financial corruption in Washington might have a chance.

via The real reason OWS terrifies conservatives – Occupy Wall Street – Salon.com.

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