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more from the great derangement of the American Right

As a supplement to the previous post on Michael Ledeen’s discovery of fascism in Obama’s stimulus package, here’s the increasingly porcine Glen Beck talking with Bill O’Reilly about the persecution of US conservatives and how it will lead to revolution. These guys might be whacked out nutcases but they’ve both got top-rating mainstream. Sure, in this segment, they’re clowing a bit but, again, there’s going to be an awful lot of people taking such talk seriously.

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Jeff Sparrow is the former editor of Overland. He is the co-author (with Jill Sparrow) of Radical Melbourne: A Secret History and Radical Melbourne 2: The Enemy Within, the editor (with Antony Loewenstein) of Left Turn: Essays for the New Left and the author of Communism: a love story, Killing: Misadventures in violence, and Money Shot: A Journey into Censorship and Porn.  On Twitter, he's @Jeff_Sparrow.

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  1. Of course, the jocularity is part of the modus operandi of Right-wing eliminationism. The Glen Becks and the Bill O’Reillys, like the shock jocks here, never themselves plant bombs or set buildings on fire. Instead, they act as mainstream enablers for the actual triggermen, while protecting themselves with a facade of humour. When someone acts on their rhetoric, they’ll immediately say: ‘Oh, we were just kidding around. Anyone who takes our jokes seriously must be a nutcase — nothing to do with us.’
    It’s exactly the technique we saw with Cronulla, though on a lower level.

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