It was 1968 all over again, and Occupy Wall Street was the Grateful Dead concert that never ended. In a textbook case of history repeating itself as farce, images of Karl Marx and Che Guevara were everywhere and OWS politics blended Sixties-era cynical white guilt and youthful techno-optimism. Jesse Jackson took the show on the […]
Charles C. Johnson
Charles C. Johnson is a writer based in Los Angeles and author of a forthcoming biography of Calvin Coolidge.
In 2008 America elected a president whose pastor for 20 years preached anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, advocated bizarre pseudo-scientific racial ideas, opposed interracial marriage, praised communist dictatorships, denounced black “assimilation,” and taught Afrocentric feel-good nonsense to schoolchildren. When Americans discovered the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s views during the 2008 campaign, they rightly wondered if Barack Obama, like […]
When President Obama demanded in September that “millionaires and billionaires” “pay their fair share,” he laid a claim to justice, albeit justice wrongly understood. America’s tax code is unjust, he argued–not because everyone doesn’t pay the same rate, but because the “rich” don’t pay enough in federal taxes. Dropping his g’s, stomping his feet, seducing […]