chapter  10
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It started in September 2011, in Zuccotti Park – a nondescript little plaza in Lower Manhattan, near Wall Street. A more or less leaderless group of young people gathered to protest unfairness, inequality, an unlevel playing field, greedy money-managers, the dominance of the so-called “1 percent,” the influence of Corporate America on democracy on the U.S.: pick your target. A tent city sprang up. And despite the relative incoherence of the protest, dozens of similar encampments – all sharing the prefix “Occupy” – popped up in downtowns across the country.