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Brooklyn Rabbi Andy Bachman and Tablet’s Marc Tracy, both good liberals, can’t agree on the merits of the Occupy Wall Street movement

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Zuccotti Park, New York City, October 31. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

It’s been nearly two months since the Occupy Wall Street protesters unrolled their first tarps in Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park. What was once merely a blip on a few Twitter feeds is now a world-wide phenomenon, with occupations in more than a thousand cities and towns in 80-odd countries. But in the absence of any leadership or specific set of demands, it’s hard to say what this movement is, who it represents, and where it’s headed. Even those who agree with its basic message–that the income gap between the rich and the rest in this country is immoral and unsustainable–disagree about Occupy Wall Street’s potential to bring about meaningful change.

At their respective pulpits, physical and virtual, Andy Bachman, senior rabbi at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and Marc Tracy, Tablet Magazine’s Scroll blogger, have had a lot to say about the movement since its inception. This week on Vox Tablet, the two join host Sara Ivry to lay out their arguments for and against the movement. (Of course, being liberals, neither man is unequivocal in his position.) [Running time: 27:00.] 

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S. Swider says:

The quote is from Prussian military/political theorist Carl von Clausewitz, not Lao Tzu or Sun Tzu.

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Liberals are part of the problem

Marc: “I don’t understand it! Let’s condemn it!”

lamicofritz says:

Dear contributors to this discussion, thanks a lot! Observing American politics from distant Europe I thoroughly agreed with Rabbi BAchman, especially on the part where he analyzes the disappointed messianic hopes of many in the US and abroad. While reading on the Shabbatai Zvi movement while the last presidential campaigns took place, several analogies forced themselves upon me- feeling very sympathetic to Obama and the fervour of his followers. Now talking to Americans who at the time exstatically rioted for Mr. Barak these analogies don’t seem to stop. Thanks for your appeal to roll up the sleeves and get involved and leave the narcism behind. Best greetings Friedrich Lersch

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Brooklyn Rabbi Andy Bachman and Tablet’s Marc Tracy, both good liberals, can’t agree on the merits of the Occupy Wall Street movement

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