The Voice of the 99%: Reflections on the politics, culture, and legacy of Occupy Wall Street

Marisa Holmes sat down with FPR editor Matthew J. Santucci after the screening of her film All Day, All Week at Fordham University to discuss the inception of Occupy Wall Street, its impact on progressive policy, and the sate of American politics in 2016. First and foremost, I want to thank you for coming here today and for showing us your film. I want to start off by talking about your childhood: what was the political activity in your house like; where was it that you first got involved with…

The War on Wealth

The modern liberal movement has branded itself with an emphasis on fairness and equality. This has led to great social change in the country, notably successful legislation for gay and minority rights. However, the left has parlayed this momentum into the realm of economics, where their interpretations are completely misplaced. Using similar catchphrases to those which accompanied their civil rights triumphs, they have gained much public favorability in economic policies that, when analyzed in depth, are contradictory to their values of fairness and equality. The relatively successful presidential campaign of…

Fleeing the Center: Why are Moderate Candidates Struggling in 2016 Presidential Election Polls?

In some of the most recent polls for the 2016 Presidential Election, candidates on the extremity of the political spectrum are maintaining their lead in the top spots. This situation is quite a difference from today’s prevalent idea that only moderate candidates are electable. Sure, the fact that more liberal or more conservative leaning candidates are leading in early polls does not mean that they will win the nomination. However, with the primary and caucus dates quickly approaching, the situation looks increasingly difficult for moderate candidates to secure an easy…