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by Christopher Chantrill
July 29, 2010 at 7:55 pm
AS THE MAINSTREAM media synchronized their watches over the Shirley Sherrod affair, the object of their little trench raid was clear. Demonize Andrew Breitbart for the un-ethical publication of a video featuring Ms. Sherrod uttering racist remarks at an NAACP awards dinner.
You could see the strategy. The MSM wanted to discredit and demonize Breitbart so that he could be fired or marginalized, just like Rush Limbaugh was fired from ESPN for the thoughtcrime of suggesting that the media wanted Donovan McNabb to succeed as the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback because he was black.
But then I thought: Yeah, but who can fire Andrew Breitbart?
When Rush Limbaugh wanted to buy the St. Louis Rams the Ruling Elite trailed a few stories about his supposed racist remarks. They pressured the NFL and the NFL could pressure the syndicate to remove Rush.
But Andrew Breitbart? Can anyone fire him?
For that matter what about Rush? You can kick him off ESPN; you can kick him off the St. Louis Rams. You can even force Snapple drinks and the Florida oranges off his radio show. But they havent been able to fire him from his position as host of the Rush Limbaugh Program. The reason is, I suspect, that Rushs show is not owned by a public corporation, but a private venture. Rush only has to keep the confidence of his partners, not the executive committee of the Ruling Class as a whole.
No doubt the same is true of Andrew Breitbart.
Here we see the late-dynasty stupidity of the Ruling Elite. A Ruling Elite that was up to the job would have co-opted or destroyed Limbaugh and Breitbart long ago.
Dont think these conservative icons arent co-optable. Rush remarked on his radio show last week that he anticipated, when he moved to New York in 1988 and made talk radio into a national phenomenon, that he would get accepted into the social circles of the media elite.
But the invitation never came. Sorry old chap, not quite out of the top drawer.
Even Rushs acceptance into the modest social circle of conservative media was a big deal for him. When Bill Buckley died, he spoke on his show about his first visit to Buckleys New York home. He had his driver drive around the block before summoning up the courage to enter into Buckleys lair.
This is the guy that fearlessly skewers liberals daily on the EIB Networks fun, frolic, and serious discussions of the issues.
I suspect that Andrew Breitbart is even less biddable than Rush.
There is a generational pattern here. In Generation One, we had Buckley, the Catholic rich mans son with a non-profit movement. In Generation Two we had Rush, the local WASP judges son and a for-profit enterprise. But Generation Three, with Drudge and Breitbart, is an outsider generation, a trouble-making insurgency. Drudge (born 1966) and Breitbart (born 1969) are both Jewish, and take their place in a conservative movement that is increasingly combative and increasingly led by Jews.
In Generation One conservatives fenced with the Ruling Class using foils, masks, jackets and breeches. In Generation Two, conservatives roamed in the talk radio hinterland around the Ruling Classs NPR-fortified cities. Now, in Generation Three, conservatives move through the Internet as a fish swims in the sea.
In Generation One, conservatives wanted to be treated as part of the elite. So they were, grudgingly; Bill Buckley got his Firing Line show on PBS, and Milton Friedman got his Free to Choose. Generation Two never got past the TV Nazi. No PBS shows for them. Generation Three is different. It aims to get respect with hard-knuckle action in the mean streets of the Internet. That is what Andrew Breitbart is all about, as Kyle Wingfield recognizes:
Breitbart is clear about his desire to turn the tables on liberal media and activist groups. Thats why he went after ACORN, and why it makes sense that hed set his sights higher than an obscure bureaucrat.
Breitbart aimed to play the race card right back in the face of the racist NAACP. While the media was busy getting its knickers in a twist about out-of-context quotes, Breitbart had managed to make fools of both the NAACP and the Obama administration.
Or maybe its just a coincidence that the Rasmussen Presidential Approval Index dipped to -20 over the weekend.
You cant hurt Andrew Breitbart by playing the out-of-context card, the one that leads into a demand to have the conservative racist fired. In the kind of ball that Breitbart plays, there is no appealing to the friendly umpire or the CEO that fears a call from the White House.
Breitbart is BigGovernment.com. He is BigJournalism.com, and BigHollywood.com, and BigPeace.com. Hes not shilling for some Mr. Big, some right-wing George Soros.
Guess what, liberals. He cant be fired.
Buy his Road to the Middle Class.
[W]hen I asked a liberal longtime editor I know with a mainstream [publishing] house for a candid, shorthand version of the assumptions she and her colleagues make about conservatives, she didn't hesitate. Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-choice fascists, she offered, smiling but meaning it.
Harry Stein, I Can't Believe I'm Sitting Next to a Republican
Families helped each other putting up homes and barns. Together, they built churches, schools, and common civic buildings. They collaborated to build roads and bridges. They took pride in being free persons, independent, and self-reliant; but the texture of their lives was cooperative and fraternal.
Michael Novak, The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism
[To make] of each individual member of the army a soldier who, in character, capability, and knowledge, is self-reliant, self-confident, dedicated, and joyful in taking responsibility [verantwortungsfreudig] as a man and a soldier. — Gen. Hans von Seeckt
MacGregor Knox, Williamson Murray, ed., The dynamics of military revolution, 1300-2050
For [the left] there is only the state and the individual, nothing in between. No family to rely on, no friend to depend on, no community to call on. No neighbourhood to grow in, no faith to share in, no charities to work in. No-one but the Minister, nowhere but Whitehall, no such thing as society - just them, and their laws, and their rules, and their arrogance.
David Cameron, Conference Speech 2008
Imagining that all order is the result of design, socialists
conclude that order must be improvable by better design of some superior mind.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit
[Every] sacrifice is an act of impurity that pays for a prior act of greater impurity... without its participants having to suffer the full consequences incurred by its predecessor. The punishment is commuted in a process that strangely combines and finesses the deep contradiction between justice and mercy.
Frederick Turner, Beauty: The Value of Values
[The Axial Age] highlights the conception of a responsible self... [that] promise[s] man for the first time that he can understand the fundamental structure of reality and through salvation participate actively in it.
Robert N Bellah, "Religious Evolution", American Sociological Review, Vol. 29, No. 3.
But the only religions that have survived are those which support property and the family.
Thus the outlook for communism, which is both anti-property and anti-family, (and also anti-religion), is not promising.
F.A. Hayek, The Fatal Conceit
[T]he way to achieve a system of determining admission to the public schools on a nonracial basis,
Brown II, 349 U. S., at 300–301, is to stop assigning students on a racial basis. The way to stop
discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.
Roberts, C.J., Parents Involved in Community Schools vs. Seattle School District
A writer who says that there are no truths, or that all truth is merely relative, is asking you not to believe him. So dont.
Roger Scruton, Modern Philosophy
Paul Dirac: When I was talking with Lemaître about [the expanding universe] and feeling stimulated
by the grandeur of the picture that he has given us, I told him that
I thought cosmology was the branch of science that lies closest to religion.
However [Georges] Lemaître [Catholic priest, physicist, and
inventor of the Big Bang Theory] did not agree with me. After thinking it over he
suggested psychology as lying closest to religion.
John Farrell, The Creation Myth
Within Pentecostalism the injurious hierarchies of the wider world are abrogated and replaced by a single hierarchy of faith, grace, and the empowerments of the spirit... where groups gather on rafts to take them through the turbulence of the great journey from extensive rural networks to the mega-city and the nuclear family...
David Martin, On Secularization