Republican governor John Kasich's anti-union law might still be on the books if not for the force of OWS. And if the Occupy movement survives, if it regroups and adapts to life beyond Zuccotti Park, you can bet it will notch more political victories in 2012.
In the February weeks I spent in snowy Madison, I tried to make sense of the massive protests unfolding around me. What was I witnessing? The beginning of a new movement in this country, or the last stand of organized labor?