One movement that materialized in 2011 trying to mitigate jobs and economic oppression experienced by the college-aged demographic also had no solution for relief. You recall the movement that embodied the voice against the wealthy and getting wealthier 1%; it was the Occupy Wall Street movement. I tracked this loose assembly on Twitter and across the media for their two-year run and came to my own conclusion: OWS was a counterfeit movement frayed by a confused ideology. I believe that the counterfeit will soon be followed by another movement characteristically more aggressive; it will be validated and receive support from institutions and organizations and work in alliance with sub-cultures that demand recognition of their oppressions. The problem in America is that things causing oppression in society haven’t become bad enough; under and unemployment being lead issues. When they do reach “bad enough” an allied movement will form. Rather than competing for a stake in the debates surrounding civil liberties the oppressed will strike out in alliance. That’s because the economic oppression the OWS movement spoke to remains in America's economic and social fabric.
The next movement, on the next iteration, will certainly retain its comprehensive economic overtones concerning inequality and lack of jobs but likely carry the analogy to victimization joined by those locked in racial, immigration and sexual rights issues. Could it be possible, too, that following after President Obama, himself a promoter of activism, that our next President identifies his/ her platform as a movement leader? There is another movement on the move.
(January 2017): this author suggests the movement is NotMyPresident, voices of defiance )
Robert P. Waters, The Only Fields That Matter