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guardian's gary younge's terrific/scary analogy
by katherine l (aka clevertitania) (@CleverTitania)

The Republicans are like frat boys in Animal House

Reckless, anarchic and strident, the American right is living in a parallel world where fear and rage drive out the facts
Gary Younge
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 11 April 2010 20.00 BST

I'm reading some of the comments on this article, and they make me sad. While it is absolutely true that the radicalization of the country that Younge describes isn't the only thing we have to worry about right now, that doesn't make the reality he describes any less true, scary and in-fucking-comprehensible. And it is also ridiculous to assert that the fringes of ultra left-wing liberalism have 1/10th of the voice that ultra right-wing conservatism has.

Reading on through a few more comments I must say; just forget the Nazi's for right now. Let's just look at McCarthy's era folks. You remember, "Are you, or have you ever been, a member of..." They're using the word Socialist as a nasty thing to call people. It's not much of a leap.

The radicals in charge of the House Un-American Activities Committee wanted everyone to believe that just talking about socialism/communism, in any form, was a treasonous offense. And these 'talkers' were so bad, you were obligated to report them to the government, even if they were a member of your immediate family. Progressive thinking was bad enough, but you really better shut up about it. And if you group with other people and have specific conversations about it, we might just throw your ass in jail.

Today's radicals aren't saying that yet, but they are saying that anyone who wants to move to any form of socialized government (other than the hundreds of programs we already have of course) is a threat to our nations future and must be 'dealt with'. It's only a little step up to saying that any socialist agenda is tantamount to treason.

Funny/scary thought: If the current trends continue, Jeff Goldblum might go from having once portrayed a jailed/blackballed writer ejected from Hollywood to actually being a jailed/blackballed actor ejected from Hollywood.

I highly recommend reading Younge's article (if you didn't before you started my little comment). It's well put and the implications are valid. But I'd skip the comments section if I were you.

And then go and watch One of The Hollywood Ten, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, and particularly Good Night, and Good Luck.


When I grow up, I want to be; whoever Joss Whedon wants to be, when he grows up. I am a writer because it's the first thing I want to do when I wake up in the morning; aside from eating and using the lavatory of course. My work includes screenplays, short stories, film/TV/music reviews and socio-political commentary. The last one is a fancy way of saying I like to shoot my mouth off on many topics. I excel at using $1.50 words. They gone up, thanks to inflation. Isn't our economy awesome?

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