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Occupy Wall Street
'Age of Acquiescence' examines America's second Gilded Age
'Age of Acquiescence' examines America's second Gilded Age

Remember Occupy Wall Street? Steve Fraser does — he opens his book on our current state of popular political paralysis by recalling the "millions of 'occupiers' in a thousand cities" who in fall 2011 chanted "We are the 99 percent." His question is not what Occupy wanted or why it disappeared so completely after its brief flowering; instead he asks why it didn't start sooner — why it came three years after the Great Recession of October 2008, why popular resistance to Wall Street's "greed and arrogance," "incompetence and larceny" took so long to develop. For Fraser, who has written award-winning books on labor and...

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