Cooptation Can Be A Good Thing

Suzy Khimm writes about the coincidence that the Campaign for America’s Future annual conference was already planned for Washington, DC this week, so now progressive institutions are hopping on the Occupy Wall Street bandwagon and its DC offshoots.

This seems to me to be mostly an effort at cooptation, but I’d say it’s cooptation in a good way. Like Doug Henwood I was initially put off by the lack of an agenda associated associated with the Occupy Wall Street movement. The great thing about the labor unions, and now broader lefty groups associated with the CAF conference, hopping on the bandwagon is that these guys do have an agenda. What they haven’t had is buzz, energy, or popular mobilization. At the intersection, good things can happen.