Monday, October 25, 2010

What do liberal elites discuss over craft beers, wine and cheese?

"What the hell happened to Barack Obama", that's what they discuss.  Well, actually they pretend to analyze what went wrong with Obama.  Never waste a crisis and all that; the elitists use the event instead to probe the Tea Party under a microscope:
Prospects for an American Neofascism. Initially the project would consist of a review of recent research on American right wing groups (including the Tea Party movement, the Minutemen, and the Christian right); and of trends in national and transnational political economy that bear on our subject (such as cyclical and structural economic crises, corporate/government interpenetration, and the explosive growth of the military/industrial/security complex).

A Macro-Micro Model of Participation in Political Action: The Tea Party and Cognitive Biases in Information Consumption and Processing. Hypotheses were tested using qualitative data obtained from interviews with two groups: protest participants from various Tea Party protests (protesting group, N-15) and non-protesting Tea Party "supporters" (supporting group, N=3). Results show that strongly held pre-existing beliefs (particularly economic and political individualist ideology) heavily impacted levels of dissatisfaction with government policy and choices of information consumed.
Naturally, the head-up-the-arse crew must analyze whether or not we are dangerous:
"I wonder if we're likely to see a Timothy McVeigh situation," says Nicholas Robert, an attendee originally from Australia, who basically wonders if any Tea Partiers can be arrested. "It seems to be that we're being very polite. I wonder if there are any legal mechanisms—one that comes to mind are the provisions used to crush the Wobblies."
Donald Douglas dispels this nonsense deftly ;)
The Wobblies. It was a Democrat administration that crushed them, and the ideological crises in Germany following shortly thereafter --- exacerbated by the Wilson administration's failed peace at Versailles --- helped give rise to the far right-wing extremism that elevated the Nazis to power in the 1930s. And here we have National Socialists in Berkeley calling for the exact same kind of repression. The difference is that the Wobblies were real communists and subversives. Today' tea partiers --- not so much.
Perhaps Donald could host a symposium on  A Macro-Micro Model of Putrefaction in Liberal Elites: Cognitive Biases in Information Consumption and Processing in the Terminally Anal-Ensnared Eggheads

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