We should all be giving thanks for the brave souls at Occupy Toronto and all the others around the world. They aren't just facing down the demons of our time; they're changing the global conversation.
Inequality of well-being among families with children is increasing at an even faster rate than income inequality, according to a new study by Peter Burton and Shelley Phipps.
The power of social movements to sweep away ideas solidly embraced by the established order seems to be intuitively grasped by the Occupy Wall Street crowd.
One thing I really like about the Occupy movement is that it is reclaiming mental space. I'm thinking of the focus on the riches gained by the top 1 per cent, and of naming and shaming capitalism.
I think I know what the Occupy movements mean to say and over which they are reproached by ill-wishers and well-wishers alike (e.g., "vast potential... untethered to many real-world goals").
The fact that the Occupy Wall Street movement has been able to sustain its occupation over time has been the ground on which this global movement has arisen.
The link between the radical democracy of the Occupy movement and co-ops is straightforward. Co-ops are member-owned and more deeply anchored in the local economy.
The year 1848 is noted for the revolutions that swept across much of Europe. Historians in the future may write of the revolutions of 2011.
It's about time the lopsided burden of the crisis and its non-recovery sparked a populist rebellion from the progressive side of the spectrum.
The occupations around the world may become a symbol of the moral authority that is a precondition for successful social change movements.