Click image to see more photos of the Wall Street protests (Bianca Garcia)For many casual observers and news consumers, the fledgling Occupy Wall Street movement appears to have come out of nowhere--a spontaneous, loosely knit gathering of protesters who feel disaffection and anger over the financial crisis, dismay over the outlook for the American middle class, and a desire to revive traditions of democratic protest.
That was, in many respects, also the vague impression created by the first wave of tea-party protests against the growth of government in 2009. And while both groups are seeking to achieve goals that are in many ways diametrically opposed, the question on the left end of the political spectrum is whether the protests centered on Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan might represent the initial stirrings of a tea-party-style rebellion on the left.
Activists on the left say they would be the first to welcome such a development, in a season of growing liberal unease. Certainly liberal activists are showing far less enthusiasm for the Democratic Party'sRead More »from Who are the protesters behind Occupy Wall Street–and what do they want?