Occupy Wall Street has been chided for not coming up with a convenient sound bite or motto. After all, the movement is a whole month old critics say. This is a populist movement, a social justice movement, a movement of the people by the people and for the people. Like other revolutions, a clear picture will evolve over time, and only after reflection. For example, although the motto “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” has a long association with the French Revolution it did not spring into being with the good people of France waking one morning with the three words coursing through their brains. It was one of several mottoes during that revolution and was only institutionalized in the 19th century. I hope I will live long enough to know what motto arises from the Occupy Wall Street movement. I am certain it will be a good one.
Patricia Frisella, Farmington