The Decline and Fall of 'Occupy Wall Street': American Left Has Run Out of Steam
By Nile Gardiner, The Telegraph
The failure of the Occupy Wall Street movement and its descent into "Lord of the Flies"-style chaos, and in many instances thuggery and criminality, is emblematic of the dramatic decline of the Left in the United States. The ragtag encampments that President Obama earlier described as expressing “the frustrations that the American people feel”, are now being swept from the streets of New York, Oakland, Portland, and across America, no doubt to great applause from locals who have had to put up for weeks with unsanitary tent cities on their doorstep. Nancy Pelosi should now be eating her words after having declared in October: “God bless them, for their spontaneity. It’s independent… it’s young, it’s spontaneous, and it’s focused. And it’s going to be effective.”
The downfall of Occupy Wall Street mirrors a broader malaise on the American Left. Just three years after the election of the “hope and change” president, liberalism in America is in a state of crisis. A recent Gallup poll shows just one in five Americans (21 percent) calling themselves liberal. This compares to 42 percent who are self-described conservatives.
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