For the last several days, protesters in New York have been voicing their opposition to the current economic system with an attempt to stage a long-range protest occupation of Wall Street. Spearheaded by the magazine Adbusters, they are attempting to bring an Arab Spring style uprising to America and the global financial system, first through an occupation of Wall Street, the center of global finance, and then through a national series of similar social-media organized action.
While many are quick to pass off the protests as nothing special, a recent article in Forbes Magazine is anything but dismissive.
“I don’t think it’s crazy to ask if your CEO is the next Mubarak,” says Gary Hamel, one of business’s most eminent theoreticians of management. “The elites—or managers in companies—no longer control the conversation. This is how insurrections start.”
Says Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com Inc. : “This isn’t just about Arab spring. This is about corporate spring.”
Though the protests were peaceful at the outset, several videos of arrests that just hit the web call into question how long things will remain peaceful.
A loosely-affiliated "Days of Rage" protest is scheduled for the Idaho Statehouse on Saturday, Oct. 1.