The OWS encampments, at Zucotti Park in New York and in other cities around the country, have served a purpose in the 'movement' to redress economic grievances in America, they gave a geographic face and anchor to the otherwise unfocused protest.
In the ensuing two months, however, the encampments have become increasingly identified with garbage, unsanitary conditions, unfair disruption of and considerable inconvenience to local businesses and residents, crime, drug use, and general pointlessness. The last one being the most important. As the weeks have rolled by, the message of OWS has actually become more muddled in the perception of the 98%. ( The 98% are the masses of the American people once you have deducted the 1% wealthy and the 1% far left radicals and anarchists). The muddling , or perhaps, non existence, of the message has left the 98% in a position of not caring any more about the OWS. News coverage has diminished, the buzz is gone, the news cycle moves ever elsewhere.
On these basis, it is senseless to continue the OWS encampments. All they can achieve is to make the protest look worse in the eyes of the 98%. More disservice to innocent local small business, more human waste falling outside the proper societally approved containers, more fights, more mentally confused inhabitants of the camps, more chaos, more confrontations with the police. The message will recede farther and farther into an ever more depressing strange atmosphere.
If the people who are the influential ones in these camps, and we know they are there, really care about their message , and really want concrete changes in the government and economic system, they should end the encampments immediately and move to a new phase in the pursuit of their goals.