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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.

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Jussie Smollett’s story has always sounded a little . . . extraordinary. Smollett, who appears on the television series Empire, says he was attacked on the streets of Chicago at 2 a.m. by two men who shouted racial and homophobic abuses at him, beat him, doused him with bleach, and fastened a noose around ... Read More
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Let’s Chill about Hate Crimes

‘Jussie Smollett, one of the stars of the television show ‘Empire,’ was attacked in Chicago by 2 assailants who yelled racial and homophobic slurs,” tweeted the New York Times on January 29. Mark the tone of absolute certainty about an unconfirmed claim. Many other news outlets took the same tack. ... Read More