As the power of information and the internet flex their muscles; the Koch's TeaParty has dropped in influence and the Occupy Movement has instead taken center stage. This is not surprising, seeing that the TeaParty was powered by ignorance and hate whose archenemy is information and education. Which incidentally, explains in large part the motivation behind the TeaParty's attack on public education.
Of course, JFK's quote becomes more and more significant as these protests grow and should be headed: "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." There appears to be a recognition by the 1% that these protests are growing and are quickly gaining traction among the majority of Americans. This is likely the reason behind the increasingly irrational and violent responses by American police agencies in response to the protests. We have seen this play out in China (Tiananmen Square), Iran (2009 Election Protest), Egypt (Tahrir Square), and currently Syria.
The Occupy Movement has thus far been driven by non-violent protest with some civil disobedience. This seems to be the best strategy for the time being as the movement's popularity continues to rise bringing with it even more vocal and visible support. However, the lack of violence (on the part of the protesters) could change. An overwhelmingly violent act on the part of the 1% could trip the trigger to a shift to a more insurgent response and even move towards revolution. A look to history, including the use of violence against protesters and ones own citizens, is imperative. For example, the response to acts such as the Boston Massacre of March 5, 1770, would be instructional for police administrators and those that are directing their actions.