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Ridicule And the Socialist Left, Vis’ a Vie’ Beck

Billy Beck as usual nails it: [1]

“It is time to pop the tea baggers’ favorite balloon (so what if it will be replaced by another?), and with that in mind I hereby offer to negotiate a $100,000 payday to the person who will come forward with a sex tape or phone records or anything else that succeeds in removing Glenn Beck from the public eye forever. I am not offering the cash myself, but I will broker the deal and/or raise the money for what you bring to the table. (And it better be good.)”

The Freedomist [2] records the proposition by Beau Friedlander which was taken down by The Huffington Post [3].


Billy Beck

This is a descent at which some will be appalled and bored, at once, in their understanding of the straight-up Soviet dimension of it.  It bears a special sort of knowing leer; the elbow-in-the-ribs bet on universal human depravity that will save us all if only we just sink to it.

Of course, it wouldn’t do to simply offer to have him killed, which would be most un-civilized, and nevermind about all that “remove from the public eye forever” jazz: get your mind out of those concrete overshoes.  No.  It would suffice to have the witch burned metaphorically, because sneers have been the fuel of the revolution for longer than almost anyone remembers now.

I repost the whole thing first because it does not excerpt cleanly. That’s due as much to Beck’s density of language as it is my outright laziness.
I do it secondly because I’m taken with the idea that the sneers, as Billy puts it, the derision, is certainly a tool of the Socialist, and have been since the days of Stalin. Billy’s right. Now of course, I should make reference to Rule number 5 of Saul Alinsky’s 1971 Rules for Radicals

“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”

That aside, however, the real reason for all of this is the refusal on the part of the left to actually enter the debate with the man.. or anyone from the right. Morons such as Friedlander are invariably more snarky than intelligent and their arguments, both written and spoken tend that way. Vacuous in the extreme, such people consider it more advantageous to their cause to play like Glenn Beck is somehow beneath discussion.

Talk about role reversal.

Thing is, as the rally in Washington showed, people are starting to pay attention to our nation’s founding principles again. That, it would seem is the left’s biggest fear…