There is much news of the occupy movement in the USA and the west, where bands of people have attempted to physically occupy the citadals of the capitalist movement like stock exchanges and economic centres.
This movement is simply the result of the economic recession that has hit the USA and Europe. Historically the first occupy movement took place in 1789 when the French people occupied the Bastlle the symbol of opression of the government at that time and heralded the French Revolution. The people who are implementing the occupy movement are hoping for something similar. But the parallels are notsimilar as the occupy movement in the USA and the west, does not have the same ferver and mass participation.
Why did this movement take place ?. Th roots are in capitalism itself. When affluence was there the governments created a welfare state and even the weekly work time like in France wasmade 36 hours. The welfaer state also insured free medical and a dole if you were not employed. Thus it brought out a group of people who got used to these social benefits and did not want to work. With the economy stagnating, the welfare measures were cut and that led to the present resentment. People felt that this was being done to save the big business and industrialists.
People brought up on a diet of free sops and less work were bound to revolt once the same measures were cut. or denied. That is the essense of the occupy movement and it is not likely to go away soon. In fact in the time to come it will intensify. One can now see that Karl Marx was not nuts after all. He is as relevent today as when he lived.