It started off as a small band of committed campers determined to occupy Wall Street. The protest began by opposing the blatant looting of Main Street and to show solidarity for economically oppressed people around the globe. In just two short weeks, the occupation has exploded in size and is now spreading to other parts of the country.
Notably, the only time the establishment media covered the swelling "occupation" was to discuss its lack of a cohesive message, as if to immediately discredit it, plant the seed of divide-and-conquer and move on. After ignoring the protest completely for the first few days, they were forced to cover the infamous pepper spray attack of harmless and contained women in what amounted to a mini-Kent State incident.
Sympathy for peaceful protesters immediately surged from this shameless act of police brutality. Well-known liberal activists like Michael Moore, Russell Simmons, Susan Sarandon and others waded into the Manhattan encampment. Almost instantly, Bill O'Reilly labeled the demonstrators as anti-capitalist. So it seems everyone in the establishment is falling into their left-right roles quite neatly when defining the revolution.
Additionally, major workers unions started voting to throw their support behind the "movement." This further acts to define the message and it will surely isolate anti-union Tea Party activists who otherwise share the same rage against the machine as the occupiers. Today, George Soros showed sympathy for the protesters which is bound to ignite the Soros haters to condemn the entire demonstration.
The establishment knows exactly what it's doing by isolating angry people back on to their respective plantations. They will stop solidarity at all costs.
Because of the lack of clear demands and the encroachment of ideological figure heads, some have warned that the movement can be easily co-opted. Examples to prove their concerns range from how the grassroots Tea Party was swallowed up by establishment Republicans, to how the Egypt revolution (which isn't nearly over by the way) simply replaced a globalist-backed dictator with a globalist-backed opposition leader.
However, I contest that it will be next to impossible to co-opt this explosive movement in America precisely because there is no central command, or demands. Some are there to protest the bankster takeover of the people's government at the taxpayer's expense. Closely tied to that is a general discontent of crony capitalism as well as the resolute group of "End the Fed'ers." Some are there to promote peace and an end to the foreign wars. Some are there to defend their civil liberties against the aggressive surveillance and police state. And some are there simply because they lost their job or benefits and find themselves with no other way to fight the system. Indeed, there are countless more issues that are justifiably present.