10. Jesus of Nazareth
We don’t want to offend anyone here, but consider: While theologians may debate his essential nature, historians have accepted him as historical reality since Josephus described his activities in “The Jewish War” around the years 67 or 70 AD. Christians call him the Son of God. Muslims consider him a prophet second only to Muhammad. Jews consider him a wise teacher.
But you could also call Jesus a 99-Percenter. He rejected the political and theocratic rulers of his time. “That which you do to the least of these,” he said, “you do to Me.” He also said “it’s easier for a camel to pass through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to enter Heaven.” And remember, he overturned the money changers’ tables outside the Great Synagogue.
It was more aggressive than OWS, whose demonstrations have only seen vandalism when outside anarchist elements come in. But the expelling of the moneylenders was certainly in the OWS spirit.
It might even have been called “Occupy the Temple.”