Occupy Boston Moves On to Next Phase of Irrelevance

Posted by on Dec 19, 2011 at 8:55 am

The next phase of the operation? Rallying against federal housing policy or something. To say these folks have no idea what they’re doing is a gross understatement.

The Occupy Boston movement plans to join a rally on Causeway Street Monday afternoon against federal housing policies. More than a week after the dismantling of the Dewey Square encampment, opinions vary on the effectiveness of the movement.

So, where is the Occupy Boston movement going? And what has it accomplished?

Even before police swept through the encampment last weekend, demonstrator Noah McKenna predicted that the dismantling of the camp wouldn’t be the movement’s end.

“The Occupy movement is very resilient and we are not only going to keep existing when this camp is destroyed, and many protestors arrested, we are going to be strengthened,” McKenna said.

Tim McCarthy, an expert on social movements at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, says he also doesn’t think it’s over. “I think this is the twilight of the first act,” McCarthy said.

A lot of people watching this movement give it credit for changing the national conversation about social inequality.

“Everywhere I go, no matter where I am or who I’m talking to or what I’m doing, the Occupy movement is on everybody’s mind,” McCarthy said. “It’s been a complete game-changer for the conversation.”

Really? McCarthy   needs to get out more.

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