Did you know that the cartoon Captain Planet was fascist propaganda? Thanks to watching the Liberal Fascism infomercial on Glenn Beck's CNN HN show the other day I learned that. Also, democratic philosopher John Dewey was a fascist. And Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and anyone who thinks we ought to take any regulatory steps to confront global warming - all fascists. Woodrow Wilson was the world's first fascist dictator ... apparently Jonah Goldberg knows something that apparently every historian on the planet doesn't about Wilson being a dictator.
The above has a surreal quality to it. If you didn't know better you'd think this was some kind of Saturday Night Live sketch or something. But a better parallel is that of the late night infomercial. The format is instantly familiar: some hack comes on to sell a quack product and a captivated host "questions" him/her about the product with the questions actually being product selling points. Indeed, see if you can tell the difference between the above video and huckster extraordinaire Kevin Trudeau.
What is it about these fools that allows them to retain employment despite lacking intellectual merit? What Goldberg and Beck have in common, along with so many other conservative movement pundits, is an ability to mock and scorn reality and those that acknowledge it with no sense of embarrassment. It's like watching creationists laugh at people who think that the universe is billions of years old.
For a critique of Liberal Fascism, see this review by Scott Horton.
Update: Another case in point of a cartoon conservative disconnected from reality.
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