Counterculture, consumerism and the far right

Countercultural movements, like Occupy Wall Street, are meant to be future-focussed — revolutionary even. So why do they often fade into commercialism? Are they simply a function of consumer capitalism? If so, what future do they have? And must they always be progressive?

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at,-consumerism-and-the-far-right/11543976