Magazine July 30, 2018, Issue

Revolutionary Mayhem

A masked home invader in The First Purge (Universal Pictures)

When the history of the rise of 21st-century American socialism is written, I suppose the election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to the House of Representatives might merit a passing mention. But the Rosa Luxemburg of the Bronx will be a mere footnote compared with the most important radical signifier of our time: the remarkable box-office success, across four films in six years and counting, of the low-budget horror-thrillers about the Purge.

The conceit behind the Purge series is basically Shirley Jackson’s famous short story “The Lottery” as reimagined by a far-left activist who’s also an aficionado of bad 1970s horror. In some

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Charles J. Sykes reviews The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics, by Dan Kaufman.

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