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From Protest to Politics?

As Occupy Providence heads toward a transition - out of Burnside Park and onto the street - one of the most critical questions it faces is this: will the movement shift from protest to politics?

I'll tackle that question and more in a piece in the Phoenix this week on the future of the movement. But one thing that struck me in talking with Occupiers over the last few weeks: a sharp disdain for traditional politics.

These activists believe our political system, in an age of Citizens United, is fundamentally broken. And while they are participating in our democracy in the broadest sense - protesting, pushing the public conversation - it is clear to me that they will not be knocking on doors for liberal candidates for the General Assembly or Congress. And I suspect that's tru of the Occupy movemen beyond Providence.

The question, then, becomes: how effective can a movement committed to the outside game - indeed, disdainful of the inside game - be?

I've got some thoughts. Look for my larger story online tomorrow and in the paper Thursday morning.

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