Beck: More On Beck
Over at Facebook, Rich Nikoley asked me:
"Curiosity, Billy. Setting aside (if you can, just imagine yourself a great actor) obvious philosophical/ethical shortcomings of all of the radio/teevee pundits, how do you stack G Beck amongst the rest - Rush, Savage, Hannity et all? Though spitting fleas' hairs..."
Beck's heart is in the right place. Seriously.
I've been paying attention to him for over a year now, and it has been remarkable to watch this guy turn up some his own education the ways that he has. I see no one in the public sphere like that, learning right in front of everyone like he is. His research is the best in broadcast media today: no one is going as deep he is in history.
The failure that I see in him is his integration of principles. He doesn't really have a theory with which to analyze what he's seeing and what to do about it -- although I must say that his agitation for civil disobedience is right on. His cautions against violence are necessary, and he seems to understand that political dimension of threat from the left.
His bottom line, however, is religion, and that's just nowhere near good enough. He's going crash his own program on those rocks.
Hannity, Savage, and Levin are pikers by comparison. I can't stand Hannity: he's a gibbering idiot. Savage is almost a Jack Kerouac, awake on the wrong side of the bed after fifty years. Levin: you have him right. He's having too much fun with himself.
Only Limbaugh compares with Beck now, and his logic is stunted. Briefly: that fool thinks we're going to vote our way out of this. He's dead wrong. He should now be taking lessons from VDH's article yesterday on "A Nation Of Peasants". That should be a wake-up to people like him. Within the bounds of his logic, however, Limbaugh is very good.