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POSTED: Monday, July 30, 2012, 12:39 PM

“Dark Knight Rises” made another $62 million this past weekend on its way to $287 million, and its popularity has sparked spirited debate as to where the movie stands on one of its chosen subjects – the one percent/99 percent divide.

Is the movie pro-capitalism? Anti-capitalism? Neither one?  Novelist Andrew Klavan wrote a piece for the WSJ today insisting that “Rises” was a “bold apologia for free-market capitalism, a graphic depiction of the tyranny and violence inherent in every radical leftist movement from the French Revolution to Occupy Wall Street.”

Well, I think he’s half right. Director Chris Nolan definitely invokes the French Revolution (says me) to show how movement fueled by resentment and inequality lead to anarchy and chaos, even bloodshed. But isn’t a stretch to say that OWS is on the same plane as the French Revolution? IS OWS really radical leftist? There are plenty of capitalists calling for some of the Wall Street reforms proposed by OWS.

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