NEW YORK (Frameshop) – One of the most common reactions to the Occupy Wall Street movement (OWS) has been for media and politicians to ask “What is it about?” Former Republican Gov. Gary Johnson is the latest visitor to Zuccotti Park to take this approach. Curiously, though, there is another version of this “What is it about?” meme emerging in the form of questions that ask “What is the difference between the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street?”
As it happens, what is going on in OWS and how to distinguish the Tea Party from OWS are both possible with a fair degree of certainty. The key is to introduce two basic terms to set the stage for discussion.