The Corner

Occupy’s Tendency Toward Authoritarianism

My piece today is on Occupy Wall Street’s discomfiting tendency toward authoritarianism. Although the group I write about was fairly benign, they were nonetheless a little too comfortable taking the position that, having all the answers, it fell to them to redesign society along their own lines. This is made all the more disconcerting when one bears in mind the violence of the black-clad Occupy protesters in Seattle yesterday, and the five men — four of them Occupiers — who had planned to blow up a bridge in Cleveland, Ohio.

Most Popular

Culture

Jussie Smollett Jokes Declared Off-Limits

The Jussie Smollett story has been declared not fit for jokes. "It's a straight-up tragedy," declares the co-creator of a Comedy Central show, South Side, set in Chicago. Bashir Salahuddin, a former Jimmy Fallon writer, says “The whole situation is unfortunate. Particularly for the city, there’s bigger ... Read More
U.S.

What The 1619 Project Leaves Out

“The goal of The 1619 Project, a major initiative from The New York Times that this issue of the magazine inaugurates, is to reframe American history by considering what it would mean to regard 1619 as our nation’s birth year,” The New York Times Magazine editors declare. “Doing so requires us to place ... Read More
PC Culture

Courage Is the Cure for Political Correctness

This might come as some surprise to observers of our campus culture wars, but there was a time, not long ago, when the situation in American higher education was much worse. There a wave of vicious campus activism aimed at silencing heterodox speakers, and it was typically empowered by a comprehensive regime of ... Read More