Various people quoted in this New York Times article make the case that the at-least loosely coordinated efforts of cities nationwide to bust up Occupy Wall Street-style camps is actually good for the movement. Right-wingers have been able to smear the larger, worthy protest against corporate dominance of the political process with the isolated acts of criminals and troubled people who have turned up in the camps. It’s never been a territorial battle anyway.
Sympathy is high for the general proposition that corporations get a risk-free, taxpayer-subsidized path to riches while the poor and middle class keep getting squeezed. That message can be advanced by means other than camps, which have succeeded wildly in commanding worldwide attention. The down side is that the focus and unity fostered by the camps could quickly dissipate.
REMINDER: Occupy Little Rock soldiers on quietly, with the city so far benignly accepting their presence on an empty lot by Interstate 30. Members of the group are on a panel discussion at 6 p.m. tonight at the Clinton School. Those I’ve talked with are a well-informed bunch.