Despite these factors, or because of them, this movement has grown exponentially. A recent Time magazine poll reported 54 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of Occupy Wall Street, compared to 27 percent with a favorable view of the Tea Party. Unlike traditional protests with policy or similar demands, this movement has become a platform for demanding clear answers. Why are protesters going to jail while Wall Street remains unfettered and unaccountable? Why are members of Congress exempt from insider-trading laws? The people want to know: Is America a corporatocracy?
While some pundits still argue over the legitimacy of the movement, remarkable accomplishments have already been made. On Capitol Hill, topics such as income disparity, financial regulations and antitrust legislation can now be heard among conversations about the deficit. Such small victories, however, are far from satiating. One thing is for certain: Expect more from the Occupy movement.