Now that its various franchises have been emasculated and their light dimmed, Occupy Wall Street’s architects are trying to turn their attentions to a second act. Yesterday afternoon I wandered down to see Zuccotti Park, post-eviction, and found it radically changed. The revolution is gone. A handful of assorted placard-wavers were still present along the barriers at the front, reduced to a tenth of their original number, and inside the cordoned-off park, there were two small groups of hardy protesters huddled quietly beneath trees that have been decorated with golden Christmas lights, Hollywood-style. But where the demonstration once bustled, it is now a damp squib — far from a portrait of the dying hours of capitalism, the scene now resembles the first minutes of a cocktail party, when only a few of the guests have arrived and it is unclear how many more will follow.
This transformation has not been lost on the Canadian anti-capitalist group whose infamous September advertisement set off the worldwide protests. Adbusters has recommended that the crowd that it inspired go home, regroup, and plan to reassemble in “the spring,” in order to “use the winter to brainstorm, network, build momentum,” and “emerge rejuvenated with fresh tactics, philosophies, and a myriad projects ready to rumble.”
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