I was reflecting tonight, after the remarkable Occupy protest in Times Square today, on the nature of the word “occupy”. What exactly has the word “occupy” come to mean in political discussions over the last nine months? I’m not sure that I have an accurate understanding.
Consider the following two political stickers, in the shape of the continental United States. These sticker maps are exactly the same, except for the words superimposed over them.
In one case, we see an Occupied Territory sticker.
In another case, we see an Occupy USA sticker.
What’s the difference? What is different about the political message that these two bumper stickers are trying to convey?