Whether they want to deny or not, Tea Partiers have a LOT in common with OWS. Both started out as unorganized, spontaneous groups who decided to protest in public. Both received a lot of well-deserved criticism at first. Of course Liberals will claim that FOX never did this to the TP, just as Conservs will claim NOBODY is doing this to OWS. I remember seeing news footage and lots of pics of TPers carrying guns and even assault rifles to protests. Did they use any of them? Not that I know of. But that still made me think "WTF? What whackjobs!", as did most Independents, Moderates and non-Conservs I know. Same with OWS. Really people? Pooping in public? WTF? What a bunch of whackjobs! Tea Partiers were 99.9% white, and mostly old. Conservs went out of their way to show pics and say "Look! A Black guy!" OWS is mixed but mostly young. They go out of their way to show Vets and businesspeople. The Left exxagerated about the Tea Party, claiming they were inciting violence etc... Now The Right exxagerates about "violent Liberals" in OWS. Of course, there WAS violence but it was against the OWS protesters not by them. Unless by violence you mean pooping! OMG Violent poop! I think that at first, this description of "whackjob" would have accurately described the overwhelming majority of OWS. But now? Now there are a LOT of business owners (like our neighbor), veterans, regular working people etc... I discovered this the same way I discovered the Tea Party wasn't all whackjobs. Personal intereaction. I really believe that if some reasonable and strong leaders emerge, this thing will dwarf the Tea Party. They already have in some respects. Because of my occupation, I read a dozon or so international newspapers every day. I've already read about OWS in the Times of India, France 24, Deutschland Magazine, Hong Kong Standard etc.... The Tea Party? No one outside the USA has ever heard of them. No one in the world is impressed by a group of people who fight for the rights of the rich. Who champion the noble cause of "The rich need protecting!". The rest of the world just ins't that stupid. They know that the rich don't need protecting or anyone to champion their cause for them. Now obviously, there is more to the Tea Party than fighting "wealth distribution" but personally, the idea of having to go from $30,000 a month, all the way down to $29,400 a month, doesn't exactly scare me. I don't need that kind of protecting nearly as badly as a homeless vet needs shelter. Travel the world and anyone you'll meet, finds the idea ludicrous and believes that these TPers have been duped somehow. So what will the OWS become? Probably a Liberal Version of the Tea Party although probably a much larger and more powerful one. The Tea Party is already fighting for things well beyond their stated goals. Like any well-meaning group, their leaders have added their personal agenda to that of the group. So while the group mostly remains pure to the ideals, those leading it are now lobbying on behalf of AT&T, fighting for legislation on social issues that have nothing to do with fiscal responsibility etc... It happens. The same thing will determine the fate of OWS - at least in the USA. It will come down to Leadership. Once they get organized, leaders will emerge. Then they will either launch like a rocket, crash like a comet or become just another lobbying, agenda pushing group fighting for the rights of "those poor union executives" or some such nonsense. It will depend on who emerges as their eventual leaders. it is exciting to watch though!