It often feels like Occupy Wall Street took place a long time ago. However, it took place in September 2011 — only about five years ago. It is clear that the world has changed dramatically since that time.

A lot of people feel like this event didn’t make much of an impact. A lot of people got fired up about it, and then the movement started to fizzle out.

However, if you look more closely at the history of Occupy Wall Street, you will be able to see the things that this movement paved the way for.

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders and the movement he started definitely sprung out of Occupy Wall Street. He made income inequality one of the most important aspects of his campaign. He likened it to auto repair and how we need to fix the car before we can go any further. It was a good analogy though critics say his strategies wouldn’t work in reality.

The National Conversation

Occupy Wall Street got a lot of people to talk about wealth. It’s not at all uncommon for someone to be identified as a “one-percenter” now.

If you haven’t paid much attention to this event and the fallout of it, then you should take a closer look. The protesters may not have accomplished everything that they wanted to, but they did manage to learn a lot.