Saturday, August 28, 2010
Glenn Beck's Festival of Fools s
Glenn Beck's Festival of Fools
Glenn Beck has organized a huge rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. this weekend, which he has titled "Restoring Honor"—a name so deeply bland that we're forced to search for some deeper, hidden meaning, argues The Daily Beast's John Batchelor. But the real trick is that Beck's event might be about nothing. The rally falls on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, but analysts should look to Karl Marx to understand it: "History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce." When Beck speaks of history, of the sun setting on our shining city, of "the fire of truth," he's not actually talking about history, threatening violence, or analyzing politics. He's entertaining. "I think of him now and again as Quasimodo Lite," Batchelor writes, "a deaf bell-ringer swinging from the Notre Dame of Fox, a man who is eager to confess his own unsightly warts—"I've screwed up most of my life"—and who is also heroically delighted to be our slightly stooped "Pope of Fools," because this accidental role, in this Festival of Fools called 2010, wins the cheers of the crowd." It's easier for us to debate the motivations of this stunt artist than to talk about the real issues facing us in these jobless, deflating times.
Read it at The Daily Beast
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