Q: What strikes you as especially interesting about the origins of the movement?
Mattathias Schwartz: This whole “ego-less” thing is very interesting to me — I tried to focus on it as much as I could in the story. The OWS movement has a real taboo on individuals accumulating power or authority over others. This isn’t unprecedented — some of it is reminiscent of Ella Baker and SNCC and lots of other historical precursors — but to me it was very interesting. You would think that *someone* would want to step out in front of this and claim to be in charge of it, but that’s not happened as of yet.
- This week in the magazine, Mattathias Schwartz writes about the origins and future of Occupy Wall Street. On Tuesday, Schwartz answered readers’ questions in a live chat. Click through to read a transcript of the discussion: http://nyr.kr/rUP28I