After predicting earlier this month that “we’ll see action” from the Occupy Wall Street movement in the spring, leftist professor and activist Frances Fox Piven said it’s “time for another surge from the bottom.”
Piven, making her comments in a video for the left-leaning magazine The Nation, said soaring inequality has always been the “default position” in America.
“In the absence of movements from below, of real trouble from below, in the absence of protests, American politics, electoral politics — despite the fact that so many people go out to vote — reverts to a position where big money is the dominating force, and when big money is the dominating force, regulations of business become impossible, or they are ignored, and that of course is what happened in the current period.”
She continued, “It’s been time for another surge from the bottom for quite a while, and some of us have been waiting.”
New York City police officers cleared out Zuccotti Park and made multiple arrests Saturday night when Occupy Wall Street protesters gathered to mark the six-month anniversary of the movement.