Just before aging stars become white dwarf stars, they emit helium flashes and pulsate across the solar system. Then they fade, and blink into darkness, forever. Conversely, the Big Bang—the birth of the universe—is the beginning of all stars, and precipitates a thousand more Big Bangs. I thought of this astronomical allegory last night while sleeping on the cold, hard floor of the Wisconsin State Capitol, surrounded by several hundred college students, labor activists and fireman’s union members. Yesterday the demonstrators began their second week of occupying the capitol dome in Madison, in a spirited and coordinated effort to stop...

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