Update: Roots of Occupy: Madagascar? Kevin Bacon? The Muppets?
Update No. 2: Here’s a take on the roots of the movement from this week’s issue of The New Yorker, with no mention of Kevin Bacon or the Kremlin. Coverup? The article begins:
Kalle Lasn spends most nights shuffling clippings into a binder of plastic sleeves, each of which represents one page of an issue of Adbusters, a bimonthly magazine that he founded and edits. It is a tactile process, like making a collage, and occasionally Lasn will run a page with his own looped cursive scrawl on it. From this absorbing work, Lasn acquired the habit of avoiding the news after dark. So it was not until the morning of Tuesday, November 15th, that he learned that hundreds of police officers had massed in lower Manhattan at 1 A.M. and cleared the camp at Zuccotti Park. If anyone could claim responsibility for the Zuccotti situation, it was Lasn: Adbusters had come up with the idea of an encampment, the date the initial occupation would start, and the name of the protest—Occupy Wall Street. Now the epicenter of the movement had been raided. Lasn began thinking of reasons that this might be a good thing. [Read more ...]
A generation or so past, this would have all been blamed on the Reds using the Adbusters magazine cabal as a front. Here’s a sampling of articles discerning the deeper roots of the movement in anarchism, Madagascar (by way of academia), Wall Street itself, George Soros and, you knew it was coming, Kevin Bacon.