Occupy Wall Street has gone mainstream. Not the tent cities and drum circles, but the ideas and systems that defined the movement.
Weeks before Iowa caucused and New Hampshire voted, hundreds of supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders gathered in New York City's Union Square. At that point, Sanders had won no actual votes.
At the march for Sanders in late January, people chanted, "We are the 99 percent." The Sanders supporters were united "against the 1 percent."
The march ended in Zuccotti Park, birthplace of Occupy Wall Street. In a sense, it started there, long before Sanders announced his candidacy.
Where did Occupy go?
Inspired by the energy of the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street began in the late summer of 2011 to combat the villain of Wall Street. The movement had no clear leaders and focused on bringing attention to various issues, rather than doubling down on a particular demand.
At one time or another, Occupiers called for the repeal of Citizens United, the reinstatement of Glass-Steagall, and new taxes on financial transactions.
When the tents came down, the conventional wisdom concluded that Occupy hadn't achieved anything because it had been too diffuse, splintering in too many directions.
One of the movement's early organizers, Micah White, wrote, "Occupy set out to achieve [a] very specific goal: to end the power of money over our democracies. And we failed."
It's not surprising that Occupy didn't result in the total and immediate overthrow of the economic system.
But Occupy's rhetoric and issue profile percolated through Americans across the political spectrum over time, achieving a slow victory.