>And they lost steam since it wasn't about self-determination
Saying they "lost steam" may be a bit premature, considering that these protests have been flaring up intermittently for the past five years. Their main problem is a lack of organization and full class consciousness. In any case it's a huge step above the resistance appearing in rural areas, which is basically nil.
>sponsored by corporate America
Not really. Sure corporate America tries to co-opt this movement just like they do with all movements, however I don't see any evidence to suggest that they are or will be successful. The current unrest in the US will continue on and off until the underlying cause is removed, and because corporate America will not remove the underlying cause, it can never really subvert its revolutionary potential. All it can do is try to neutralize specific organizational manifestations of that discontent. But this method, like all methods of counteracting revolutionary activity, has limits and cannot work indefinitely.
>It just further alienated people and reduced property values, as planned.
What would be the point of doing that? Porkies profit from high property values since it allows for speculation. Moreover there is no evidence to suggest that this unrest is planned.