The loosely defined "Occupy Wall Street" movement is gaining momentum. Led largely by disaffected twenty-somethings, protestors are intent on shining a national spotlight on corporate greed and excess, government bailouts of Wall Street rather than Main Street, and a host of other issues centering around economic inequality. As protestor Emily Graham articulated: "I'm basically sick of corporate greed . . . . I'm frustrated that companies can pollute on a catastrophic level. They get all the tax breaks."
A fascinating question is whether Occupy Wall Street will resonate across the United States. Protests have broken out in other major cities across the country, as the Wall Street protests have drawn thousands and thousands of disenchanted. This blog has often contemplated why the public outcry has been missing in connection with the financial market crisis. Perhaps the public has had enough of Wall Street economic hijinks.