If you're looking for a bit of a breather from the
increasingly vicious Presidential campaign by checking out "The Dark Knight
Rises" this weekend, you might be disappointed. At least according to some
pundits, who think the issues are being acted out metaphorically in the
film. I don't think I'd be giving away
any spoilers by pointing out that the bad guy that the billionaire superhero
Batman fights is called "Bane," not unlike the "Bain" corporation that is so much
a topic of controversy these days.
I know we were sworn to secrecy at the press screening for the "The Dark Knight Rises" this weekend but I couldn't resist sharing my scene-stealing cameo.
Is it fair to draw parallels between the Occupy movement and the
antiwar demonstrations in the 60s and 70s? True, both sprang up more or less
spontaneously and expanded from a left wing origin to include the whole
spectrum of society. Both spread from the US and sparked similar movements
overseas. The head breaking and violent repression, however, has yet to become
standard operating procedure in the government response to today's demonstrations, as it was for those protesting the War in Vietnam.