Glenn Beck’s False Flag
I have spent some time critiquing Glenn Beck. His lapses in judgment. His lapses in logic. His lapses in humanity. His lapses in balance. His lapses in justice. What I haven’t said often enough is that he has some ideas that are almost right on target. Why have I not said this? Is it my lack of balance? My left leaning bias? Do I not want to give ammunition to the far right? Well, yes and no. It really boils down to corporatism. But what is it? My point of view on corporatism is that it is not a right or left issue, it is about the big swallowing the small. So Glenn is half right. And, no, it is not because he is half-wit, quite the contrary. He knows it is big uncontrolled government not regulating big uncontrolled business that is the problem, but he also knows that on his network, and in his tax bracket, that he is best off not to mention the second half of the equation. He also knows, as do we all, that the solutions, on both sides are the pharmacon of civilization, both the poison and the cure. The right dosage in the right set-and-setting for the pharmacon is all important.
Now I love a conspiracy just as much as Glenn Beck does, though I tend to see them from the opposite side of the aisle, I love them nonetheless. I love the pull of the Elmer Gantry’s of the world. I love to look toward whatever and however the morning and the evening star might save us, but in the end as I am brought down the aisle to be saved with the crowd, I am usually more comfortable questioning the savior than blindly following them over the cliff of good intentions.
You may say that I am cynical thinking that every potential solution sounds like a Just So story to be doubted, but we all want to believe, and to do so unquestioningly means we will be sucked into the collective as quickly as we can be assimilated. If you have The Answer, then you are not only to be doubted, but you must be put to the utmost public scrutiny. To do less is suicide; mentally, physically and spiritually.
The pull of corporatism as defined by the left and the right is strong. It is stronger than the left wants to hear. Big business requires big government to both foster it and control it. Everyone wants to name the disease; we know the symptoms, but not the cause. Everyone appears to think that naming is understanding and wants to give a prescription to the now named disease, but no one knows the dosage for the pharmacon, nor the proper set-and-setting. God help us. If you ask those in the middle of road, they’ll tell you it’s all in your head. While those in the wings will point at each other saying just look at what has been done. We are poisoned or we are cured. So go ahead and appeal to common sense, but whose common sense?
So how is it that Glenn Beck flies a false flag? It is easy to see that for twice the money (to cover his losses), Glenn Beck could have an epiphany, flip the script and move to MSNBC to harangue on the abuses of big business. Explaining the epiphany alone could carry him a few seasons. He is a diversion of the first order. He will tell his new (and many of the old) listeners just what they expected all along. They want to believe. Until the big tent burns and Sister Sarah dies, then he will join the more cynical among us in tears as he carries out the body. This time the tears may be real.