Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Peasants

Between the antics of Fox News nutcase Glenn Beck and today's aimless teabaggery, it seems like the right wing has been overtaken of late by an extra-crispy brand of looniness. In his pointed examination of this phenomenon, Matt Taibbi zeroes in on the peasant mentality that's at the root of this, as well as the real problem that emerges when populism and classism collide:
...the reason the winger crowd can’t find a way to be coherently angry right now is because this country has no healthy avenues for genuine populist outrage. It never has. The setup always goes the other way: when the excesses of business interests and their political proteges in Washington leave the regular guy broke and screwed, the response is always for the lower and middle classes to split down the middle and find reasons to get pissed off not at their greedy bosses but at each other.
Don't stop there, though. The entire post is worth a look.

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