New Storyline in Politics Is a Real Whopper

13 10 2010

Power of story IS the story, or ought to be, because it’s also the real power. It can cost a candidate everything to buy it and it can also cost a candidate everything not to buy it.

Across the fruited plain, the true power of story in American politics everywhere is money: who’s got enough to be whoever they may want to be next, while the rest of us worry about how we can continue to “be” at all. The prevailing power of story in homeschool politics used to be “follow the money” but that’s something I don’t hear anymore, not since Read the rest of this entry »

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Jailhouse Exclusive: Shooter Credits His “Schoolteacher”

13 10 2010

. . .for preparing him to storm the literal battlefield of ideas with “the truth” (and guns and explosives) aimed at “starting a revolution.”

What sort of lessons did his televised schoolteacher use?

“I think you’re about to witness a country burning down to the ground.”

“You might as well start calling our government Crime Inc.”

“All it takes is one insane leader . . .”

“Grab a torch.”

“I’m comin’ for ya, oh, I’m comin’ for ya . . .”

“I’m gonna find these big progressives and to the day I die, I’m gonna be a Progressive Hunter.”

“Drive a STAKE through the heart of the bloodsuckers.”

I offer today a study in contrasts as my argument that public education — not necessarily public school but education of the public, by the public, for the public — matters more than ever to every single one of us as individuals, even those of us who don’t have kids in school or have no children at all.

Cock of the snook for above video to Lynn at BMTT.

UPDATE: See Glenn Beck Drawing on 1950s Extremism?

Beck, who has emerged as a unifying figure and intellectual guide for the Tea Party movement, finds fodder for his Fox News Channel and syndicated radio shows in the ideas espoused by the John Birch Society, an ultraconservative political group founded in 1958 that, Wilentz writes, “became synonymous with right-wing extremism.”

“It’s a version of history that demonizes Read the rest of this entry »