You’ve got to love the French. The best-selling book on Amazon.com’s French site is “Indignez- vous!,” an exceedingly slim, elegant rumination on the state of the world by Stephane Hessel, a 94-year-old former United Nations diplomat, concentration-camp survivor and hero of the French Resistance.
A few hundred protesters briefly tied up Wall Street on the weekend of Sept. 17, some wearing face paint and many holding homemade signs. In weeks since the Occupy Wall Street movement has spread to San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington, and elsewhere.
Not all reaction to the Occupy Wall Street movement has been predictable. Jim Chanos, a hedge-fund chief, and Bill Gross, the highest profile bond-fund manager in America, expressed sympathy for the protesters.
Zuccotti Park, headquarters of Occupy Wall Street, is Manhattan's newest open-air exhibit, home to hundreds of populist protesters. While some people heap scorn on the group, others donate their time, passion, services, goods--and a lot of money.