If you want serious analysis of the events, I recommend this excellent coverage by Robert David Graham (Errata Security), providing the quality coverage lacking in the mainstream media.
At the same time, it's hard not to see the whole gamut of political-ideological factions -- anarchist, marxist, libertarian, "tea party" (although the latter are branded as infiltrators wishing to "co-opt" the demonstration) -- assemble to voice to their righteous indignation, and observe the moments of unintentional comedy and occasional irony that result . . . if not for which we might take their message just a little more seriously:
- The amusing phenomenon of the "human microphone" to circumvent New York City's requirement for an "amplified sound permit."
- The transformation in the space of a week to a tourist hotspot, receiving a string of celebrities and academics including union-busting millionaire filmmaker Michael Moore -- whose anti-establishment documentaries are themselves funded by the very corporations he protests (but he's a man of the people, right?).
- John Lewis, a veteran of the 1960's civil rights movement, follower of Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, a participant in local sit-in's and a supporter of the Montgomery bus boycott -- denied his right to address an "Occupy Atlanta" crowd by their inability to establish a "consensus" as to whether he was worth listening to.
- The local retailers (and neighborhood residents) quickly tiring of the "occupation" of their businesses, proclaiming themselves entitled to the use of their facilities regardless of whether they make a purchase. Stacey Tzortzatos of Panini & Co. Cafe quickly became an "enemy of the people" by installing a lock on her bathroom door, after finding the sink ripped off ( New York Times October 7, 2011).
- From Reason - Remy's Occupy Wall Street Protest Song and Occupy Wall Street: A Manifesto.
- Lastly, Tom Beaudoin (of the Jesuit weekly America) has been thus inspired:
While participating in the "Occupy Wall Street" protests in lower Manhattan, I have begun to wonder what would happen if Catholics took this model and applied it to their passion for and grievances with their own church.(Spare us, Oh Lord).
Imagine a group of Catholics whose deep care for the future of their church is matched by their sense of responsibility to name, protest and change what is intolerable about that church today: in the form of nonviolent physical occupation of spaces, in the form -- necessarily imperfect and unruly -- of democratic organization, in the form of continued open-ended articulations of visions of a different Catholic Church, without prematurely forcing the movement to take on a specific agenda. And yes, in the form of consciousness-raising and of direct action. This would be the Catholic version of the Arab Spring, to combat the long Catholic Winter.
- Zuccotti Park protester Nkrumah Tinsley arrested after threatening to burn down city; Urges Molotov coctail strike on Macy’s, by Joe Kemp and Rocco Parascandola. New York Daily News 11/16/11.
- The Moochers of Zuccotti Park: Good riddance to Occupy Wall Street, by Heather MacDonald. City Journal 11/16/11. "There’s no more full-throated a defender of property rights than a member of the anticapitalist Left asserting the right to colonize someone else’s property."
- NYPD Evicts Occupy Wall Street, Clearing Zuccotti Park 11/15/11 | Build Up To A Raid: NYPD Planned Occupy Wall Street Eviction For Weeks 11/16/11. Gothamist.
- Occupy Seattle Disrupts Pro-Occupy Wall Street Forum, Drives Away Supporters , by Dominic Holden. The Stranger 11/13/11. No sooner had the panel finished opening remarks last night than a woman scampered up onto stage and yelled, "Mic check!" It was an orchestrated effort by several dozen activists to use the People's Mic to interrupt a forum at Town Hall—a forum in favor of Occupy Wall Street.
- The Occupy Movement's Penchant for Inflicting Collateral Damage Isn't Winning it Any Friends Reason.com. November 8, 2011.
- In The East Village, Christian Anarchy Meets Occupy Wall Street The Local East Village 10/31/11.
- Occupy Wall Street’s Empty Anger, by David Mills. First Things' "On The Square" 10/31/11.
- Occupy Wall Street kitchen staff protesting fixing food for freeloaders New York Post 10/27/11 - "The Occupy Wall Street volunteer kitchen staff launched a “counter” revolution yesterday -- because they’re angry about working 18-hour days to provide food for “professional homeless” people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters."
- The Organizers vs. the Organized in Zuccotti Park, by Alex Klein. New York Magazine 10/20/11.
- Eyewitness to History! - Hanging out with Spooky the anarchist, Amy the gender-bender, Sid the Nazi, and other occupiers of Wall Street, by Matt Labash. Weekly Standard. 10/17/11.
- "Hell, No, We Won’t Toe", by Nicole Gelinas. City Journal 10/17/11. "As a few protesters (not all) understand, the problem with “the banks” isn’t that they exist, but that they’re isolated from the consistent rule of law."