Saturday, August 08, 2009

They think, theyre so cute when they got you in that condition

There been much press about the so-called protesters lately, disrupting Democratic politician's townhalls, and holding their own teabagging protests about Health Care Reform. The MSM has done their usual of equivocating, reporting both sides as "he said, she said". Of course this is absurd, but so is this type of MSM reporting. "Some say Earth is round, others say flat" isn't reality based, but they bend over backward to cover their asses, trying not to piss off conservatives who are inflaming these disruptions.

Hearing confused and angry people say "I don't want the government to take over my Medicare" is surreal, because anyone who says that is underinformed, and misinformed by propogandistic intention.

Some on the left speculate that one thing helping drive this anger is white folks who don't like a black President, and from what I've heard anecdotally the last several months, I think that's right.

So those same people won't be impressed by Prof. Melissa Harris-Lacewell of Princeton Univ. as she attemps to explain all the coincident issues driving this current bus. Because she's black too:



I think she's spot on. There was further discussion of Right-wing authoritarianism, and mention of this book:
THE AUTHORITARIAN DYNAMIC

What are the root causes of intolerance? This book addresses that question by developing a universal theory of what determines intolerance of difference in general, which includes racism, political intolerance (e.g., restriction of free speech), moral intolerance (e.g., homophobia, supporting censorship and school prayer), and punitiveness. It demonstrates that all of these seemingly disparate attitudes are principally caused by just two factors: individuals’ innate psychological predispositions to intolerance (“ authoritarianism”) interacting with changing conditions of societal threat.

I'm trying to find the video, will post ASAP.

And in re: authority, well, here's the obvious song: