In New York City, the tent city has been swept away (more than once, sometimes brutally). The discontented still march sporadically and perform street theater. But think about this:
These folks apparently are doing the drudgery of understanding the complexities of Congress' inadequate "financial reform" and influencing the process to make the new law begin to do its job. This is not everything we might want, but they've decided there's something to be done for the 99 percent by digging into the weeds. Go read the whole thing!
When I came up in progressive politics, we didn't do things like that. When we perceived injustice, we confronted the politicians and promised to keep afflicting them until they fixed it. We thought it was their job to come up with more just policies. Our job was to keep the pressure on. We were usually distrustful of any of our number who appeared to be making the transition from outsider to expert. We won some and we lost some.
Maybe I've mellowed excessively, but I'm glad some of the Occupiers have decided they have to demonstrate the same mastery of policies as their opponents. Now, if those folks can just remember that they still need the hordes outside to keep the pressure on -- and if the hordes of us who are the ordinary shock troops of progressive movements can give some of our number space to learn the ins and outs of how we get screwed, we just might get something done -- together.