Holy hell, Salon has really brought the science on prominent right-wing crazyface and owner of fine, fine sweaters (seriously that sweater straight up rules), Glenn Beck. In this article, published today, Glenn Greenwald analyzes the nature of Glenn Beck’s populist fury, and the difficult of presenting it as being either liberal or conservative. The whole article is definitely worth reading, but these passages I found particularly insightful:
“Although [Beck] now parades around under a rhetorical banner of small-government liberty, anti-imperialism, and opposition to the merger of corporations and government (as exemplified by the Bush-sponsored Wall Street bailout), it wasn’t all that long ago that he was advocating exactly the opposite: paying homage to the Patriot Act, defending the Wall Street bailout and arguing it should have been larger, and spouting standard neoconservative cartoon propaganda about The Global Islamo-Nazi Jihadists and all that it justifies.”
“Far more interesting than Beck himself is the increasingly futile effort to classify the protest movement to which he has connected himself. Here, too, confusion reigns. In part, this is due to the fact that these “tea party” and “9/12” protests are composed of factions with wildly divergent views about most everything. From paleoconservatives to Ron-Paul-libertarians to LaRouchians to Confederacy-loving, race-driven Southerners to Christianist social conservatives to single-issue fanatics (abortion, guns, gays) to standard Limbaugh-following, Bush-loving Republicans, these protests are an incoherent mishmash without any cohesive view other than: “Barack Obama is bad.” There are unquestionably some highly noxious elements in these groups, but they are far from homogeneous. Many of these people despised the Bush-led GOP and many of them loved it.”
^ That, btw, is why I’m not very convinced that the tea-party crowd is a viable political threat to health care reform or any part of the liberal agenda.
Really, I could go on and on about the things I found interesting in this article- it’s certainly worth reading in full. So, too, are the articles written by Alexander Zaitchik (which I’ll post about in a moment).