In the early 1960s, Marshall Ganz dropped out of Harvard to join the Civil Rights Movement. He then spent 16 years working with César Chávez. During the 2008 presidential campaign, he architected Barack Obama's organizing effort.
Using this servicemember as example, I argue that the military has been a vehicle for conservatism, even when it doesn't make sense. What this veteran doesn't understand is that Occupy Wall Street is advocating on behalf of him.
While there may be a few "Marxists" and "radicals" at Zuccotti and other sites, you don't have to hang around long to sense that many are middle-class people who think they are getting a raw deal and fear for their future.
The old view was anyone could make it in America with enough guts and gumption. As Herman Cain still says "if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself." But Cain's line isn't hitting a responsive chord.
We find these views to be mutually relevant... that all people, by virtue of their basic humanity, deserve the opportunity to live, work, and associate according to the dictates of their own consciences and capacities