The Occupy protests were famously long on passion and short on identifiable agenda. The tea party movement, to which Occupy was frequently compared, quickly translated its animating idea — a belief that government had gotten too big — into distinct policy and electoral goals. Not so, Occupy. The movement displayed an institutional ambivalence to doing anything more than consciousness-raising, and the consensus-based decision-making model it employed, while laudable, inhibited the development of an agenda. Moreover, too much effort was spent on establishing and maintaining the public encampments and defending them against city governments' eventual efforts to remove them.