Gramsci's Common Sense: Inequality and Its Narratives
Common Sense, Good Sense, and Occupy
This case study chapter looks at Occupy Wall Street (OWS), another contemporary social movement but one emerging from the left rather than the right. It, too, seemed to erupt out of nowhere. And like the Tea Party, it was concerned with establishing a persuasive commonsense narrative. The OWS narrative is that we live in a grossly unequal world in which the richest one percent are rewarded at the expense of everyone else, and that unrestrained market-forces marginalize and exclude ever-greater numbers of people, condemning them to subalternity. The chapter examines the origins of OWS, and its effects. While the Tea...