10/06/2011 12:16 am ET Updated Dec 05, 2011

How Revolutions Begin

Four decades and seven years ago, on May 2, 1964, a few hundred protesters in New York's Times Square were among the first who dared to challenge the war in Vietnam. It would take another few years for the nation to catch on, but it did -- and our government and our culture imploded.

Now we see the disenchanted engaged in New York City against an even greater foe: Corporate America. Their aims are not simple and certainly not easy, but profound: To break Wall Street's elitist rule of our economy.

As with the early protesters in the 1960's, these dissidents are maligned as freaks. But they're onto something. Public anger at corporate greed, and the politicians who nurture it, has reached a boiling point.

How many more cozy bailouts, gluttonous bonuses, exported jobs, premeditated pollution, poisoned food, heinous weapons, illegal foreclosures, ravenous layoffs and political bribes will it take before once again we do something to ensure that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth?