Chicago Boyz: I Think I See What Glenn Beck is Doing
The Glenn Beck rally is confusing people.
He is aiming far beyond what most people consider to be the goalposts.
Using Boyd’s continuum for war: Material, Intellectual, Moral.
Analogously for political change: Elections, Institutions, Culture.
Beck sees correctly that the Conservative movement had only limited success because it was good at level 1, for a while, weak on level 2, and barely touched level 3. Talk Radio and the Tea Party are level 3 phenomena, popular outbreaks, which are blowing back into politics.
Someone who asks what the rally has to do with the 2010 election is missing the point.
Beck is building solidarity and cultural confidence in America, its Constitution, its military heritage, its freedom. This is a vision that is despised by the people who have long held the commanding heights of the culture. But is obviously alive and kicking.
Beck is creating positive themes of unity and patriotism and freedom and independence which are above mere political or policy choices, but not irrelevant to them. Political and policy choices rest on a foundation of philosophy, culture, self-image, ideals, religion. Change the foundation, and the rest will flow from that. Defeat the enemy on that plane, and any merely tactical defeat will always be reversible.
I like Glenn. Sometimes, I can only take him in doses, but I know that he loves this country with unparalleled passion, and I have the utmost respect for the sacrifices he has made to educate so many people.
I did see the rally–most of it, at least–last weekend, though I was not there in person. I liked it. John Feeny asked me the other day if I thought it was a “gamechanger”; I replied in the negative, maintaining that I believed it to be the reinforcement of a game-changing that had already taken place throughout the past year. For me, last year’s 9/12 rally was the gamechanger. Rick Santelli’s rant was the gamechanger. Still, I greatly enjoyed what Glenn put together last weekend.
This piece, by Lexington Green (sounds like the name of a eco-friendly porn star) over at Chicago Boyz, captures perfectly what so many people don’t understand about Glenn. Green points out that “Ronald Reagan said we would not defeat Communism” but rather that “we would transcend it,” and insists that Glenn Beck is “aiming to have America do the same thing to its decaying class of Overlords, transcend them.”
The whole thing was pretty astute, and since I know that the folks here love to talk about Glenn Beck, I thought I’d bring it to everyone’s attention. Enjoy.