In Kurt Andersen’s piece he says, ” ‘Massive and effective street protest’ was a global oxymoron until — suddenly, shockingly — starting
exactly a year ago, it became the defining trope of our times. And the protester once again became a maker
The quote means that before 2011, there had not been effective large-scale protest for quite some time. However, following the revolutions in Egypt and the Arab world, it seemed that people, not just politicians, had the power to incite change.
In Occupy Wall Street, protesters aren’t just makers of history, they’re also the people who finance the movement. My research has shown that Occupy Wall Street is largely funded by people taking part in the protest. This does not mean that OWS does not receive any sponsorship from corporations, but the sources that I have found all say that people fund the movement.