Occupy Wall Street: Its Historical Precedents

This brief report from the Congressional Research Service (btw, one of our favorite go-to places for information, even though the documents generated by CRS are not available to the public, even though CRS is funded by taxpayers to the tune of $100,000,000 per year, and so we have to get them through back channels, but that’s another story) – Finance and the Economy: Occupy Wall Street in Historical Perspective – “…attempts to show that the basic questions raised by Occupy Wall Street about the value of certain forms of financial activity are not new.”(2) This is not a weighty tome of hundreds of pages full of recondite information, rather “The report…provides a reminder of the hsitorical debates that have shaped congressional oversight of financial institutions and markets.”(4) Andrew Jackson and the Bank of the United States, anyone? Other sites of interest include: Occupy Wall Street Has History On Its Side (Wall Street Journal); Occupy Wall Street: A Historical Perspective (Salon.com); A Look at the History of Wall Street Protests (NPR); and Occupy Wall Street: An American Tradition Since 1776 (Christian Science Monitor).

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