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24 September 2009 @ 08:21 am
Glenn Beck and left-right confusion  
Good read: Glen Greenwald on Glenn Beck and the tea-party protests:

"In one important sense, the 'tea party' movement is similar to the Obama campaign for 'change': it stays sufficiently vague and unspecific to enable everyone to read into what they want, so that people with fundamentally irreconcilable views believe they're part of the same movement. ...But all that said, there are some identifiable - and plainly valid - underlying causes to these protests that are neither Republican nor Democratic, or even left or right. That's when conventional political language ceases to be useful...

"It's true that some of the protesters believe in nothing more than Republican resurgence, and that this movement has become a tool of Fox and the GOP. But much of the citizen anger that is driving these protests and which Glenn Beck is channeling is more complex than that. It has far more to do with deep economic anxieties and anger towards the political establishment and its elites than it does allegiance to one of the two parties or standard left-right debates. It's an overstatement to claim that 'there's not a dime's worth of difference between the parties,' but on many critical issues, the relevant breakdown has little or nothing to do with Republican v. Democrat or even Left v. Right. As the confusion around Glenn Beck and these protests reflect, those distinctions serve far more to obfuscate and distract than they do to explain and clarify."

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