Magazine May 28, 2012, Issue

May Day with OWS

A report from the revolution

After a long winter’s absence, Occupy Wall Street came back to town for May Day and, along with the usual paraphernalia of progressive public protest, brought with it a new offering: college. Intrigued by the prospect of returning to school, but initially aiming only casually to observe, I sauntered onto the campus in midtown Manhattan’s Madison Square Park to take a closer look.

Ten minutes after it was supposed to have opened, the “Free University,” as it had been christened, was still in the process of setting up. It was a forlorn sight. Lonely red balloons flew at various points around

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