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the aestheticisation of politics

There’s a clip floating about featuring a particularly odd exchange between snake-lipped hatemonger Ann Coulter and lunatic eliminationist Glen Beck about the Conservative Political Action Conference, a kind of Lollapolooza for right-wing Bedlamites.  ‘One thing that is overwhelming about CPAC is all of the hot babes,’ Coulter says. ‘I would be a conservative if we weren’t so good looking. But wow, we have a lot of pulchritude on our side. [...] The males are pretty good looking. [...] OK. The other stations would find the dorkiest-looking person, the most empty room at the convention that had 9,000 participants and fixate on the one dorky-looking person.’ Below, an actual poster from CPAC, which puts this bizarre exchange in context.
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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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