Musician Jackson Browne: ‘Occupy’ having ‘a real effect’ on politics

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, December 2, 2011 10:46 EDT
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Musician Jackson Browne. Image: Screencapture via Current TV.
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Speaking to Current TV’s liberal news host Keith Olbermann on Thursday night, musician Jackson Browne suggested that the “Occupy” movement will ultimately have “a real effect on our electoral politics.”

Browne, who’s sold over 17 million albums in his career spanning four decades, said he wouldn’t have guessed that the small protest in New York City would become so influential.

“But the fact that it’s sprung up in so many places, and it has such a resonance with the Arab Spring and with demonstrations with other parts of the world — I used to think, when all of France was shut down by unionists and students, why can’t that happen in the United States?” he said. “But I think that it is possible this will have a real effect on our electoral politics.”

As a longtime musician with deep-seated political motivations, Browne added that the violence being dealt to protesters by police in cities across the country was indicative that “they’re freaking out” about the movement.

This video is from Current TV’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” broadcast Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011.

This video is from “Occupy Wall Street,” featuring a visit by Jackson Browne.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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