The Corner

Occupy Wall Street: ‘They Want a Class War? Maybe They’ll Get One…’

One of the oddest people I have run into at the Occupy Wall Street protests so far, is a gentleman wearing an East German military uniform. Yes, yes, he is not “representative,” (If there is actually such a thing as such a diffuse and inchoate gathering.) But he does feed in to what I wrote about yesterday — the performance art aspect of the whole thing. During our conversation he flitted between an insistence that he was a serious “Luxembourg Marxist,” and an almost childish obsession with dressing up in military uniforms, like “on Halloween.” It would be amusing, but for the look in his eyes at the end:

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U.S.

The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

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Religion

Billy Graham: Neither Prophet nor Theologian

Asked in 1972 if he believed in miracles, Billy Graham answered: Yes, Jesus performed some and there are many "miracles around us today, including television and airplanes." Graham was no theologian. Neither was he a prophet. Jesus said "a prophet hath no honor in his own country." Prophets take adversarial ... Read More
Film & TV

Why We Can’t Have Wakanda

SPOILERS AHEAD Black Panther is a really good movie that lives up to the hype in just about every way. Surely someone at Marvel Studios had an early doubt, reading the script and thinking: “Wait, we’re going to have hundreds of African warriors in brightly colored tribal garb, using ancient weapons, ... Read More
Law & the Courts

Obstruction Confusions

In his Lawfare critique of one of my several columns about the purported obstruction case against President Trump, Gabriel Schoenfeld loses me — as I suspect he will lose others — when he says of himself, “I do not think I am Trump-deranged.” Gabe graciously expresses fondness for me, and the feeling is ... Read More