The activities denoted by the words ‘occupy’, ‘demonstrate’ and ‘confront’ are all indicative of the painful processes through which social, cultural, political and even personal change occurs. This process is often contested with the use of violence – often even to the point of death. Human resistance to change and to the acceptance of others as an analogue of self is entrenched, at the same time as it is untenable, within modern capitalist democracies. Or is it that it is the capitalist democracy that entrenches the resistance to change? In any event this site of confrontation between aspiration and the establishment is increasingly the point of focus in a global contest of ideas. If painting is to take its place as being ‘about‘ things, I can think of no more fascinating place to gaze upon.