1. Dissent

    New Republic Splits Over Protests

    Image #: 15617814    Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement take part in a protest march through the financial district of New York October 12, 2011. Hundreds of activists gathered a month ago in the Manhattan park two blocks from Wall Street to vent their anger at what they see as the excesses of New York financiers, whom they blame for the economic crisis that has struck countless ordinary Americans and reverberated across the global economy. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS CIVIL UNREST)       REUTERS /LUCAS JACKSON /LANDOV

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    On Wednesday, The New Republic editorialized against Occupy Wall Street, accusing the protesters of wanting to overthrow capitalism. That apparently didn’t sit too well with some of the magazine’s star writers: on Thursday, John B. Judis and Jonathan Cohn struck back, arguing that “the heart of the movement is its focus on the inequality of wealth and power, and the way that it has undermined American democracy”—a much-needed emphasis that liberals shouldn’t squander. Senior writer Timothy Noah, meanwhile, chided the editors for “rushing” to condemn Occupy Wall Street. “American capitalism is overdue for reform more drastic than anything under current consideration within the polite mainstream.”

    Read it at The New Republic