Occupy’s Tent is too Big: Why “99%”Lacks a Class Analysis

While the Occupy slogan, “The 1%”, was valuable for describing the tiny number of people with exorbitant wealth, the second part of the slogan “The 99%” contains deep problems. It slurs over the real differences between the upper middle class (9%), which recent research has shown has accumulated wealth since the crash), and all the other social classes. It also lumps into the mix the police – whose primary function is to repress the working class.

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About Barbara MacLean

Barbara MacLean has worked as an academic and career counselor at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), Merritt and West Valley Colleges and as a career counselor and manager of the Oakland One Stop Career Center, a public career and jobs center in partnership with EDD. She is a co-founder and editor of Planning Beyond Capitalism.

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