Not for Nothing is back after a New Year's hiatus. Happy 2012, people. A few political/media notes and Occupy ruminations as we get back into the swing of things:
One of the critiques of Occupy is that it must put forth a list of demands. The movement has resisted, focusing instead on the importance of dialogue, of an engaged citizenry. "My number one demand is: pay attention, engage," says Michael McCarthy, a sort of unofficial spokesman for Occupy Providence.
There is some strategic wisdom in this broadbrush approach, I think. Trot out the left's standard laundry list and you immediately alienate a big slice of mainstream America - a part of the country Occupy has a chance to reach. Its anger at Wall Street and Washington are widely shared, after all.
But if Occupy stays focused on shiftng the conversation - and it has had remarkable success, here, to date - will that be enough to change the country? Will a movement that shuns the door-knocking and electioneering of traditional politics - that decries traditional politics as corrupt and ineffectual - be able to change the country in a meaningful way? That's the central question I tackle in my piece.