Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

September 15, 2009

Max Blumenthal covers the teabagger protest

Filed under: ultraright — louisproyect @ 12:58 pm

More morons on parade


  1. This is essentially an exercise in snobbery. Blumenthal just thinks he’s better than these people.

    There are websites that do the same at left-wing protests, like zombietime.com.

    Comment by Grumpy Old Man — September 15, 2009 @ 3:01 pm

  2. Grumpy, it’s hardly snobbery to mock such dangerously misinformed and reactionary shit. But I could see how you might be inclined to defend this idiocy. You have a post on your blog full of reconquista conspiracy theory and anti-immigrant drivel. Here: http://globaloctopus.blogspot.com/2005/01/guide-for-reconquista.html

    Comment by tim — September 15, 2009 @ 6:55 pm

  3. This is the inevitable result of mass immigration of non-whites peoples into a capitalist nation with a political class that embraces cultural identity politics as a way to buy off the economically disadvantaged, rather than redistributive policies.

    I see white people, a certain culturally distinct cohort of white people, organizing in their own perceived self-interest. They’re taking a leaf from the interest groups that with elite approval have been organized by or on behalf of oppressed and marginalized groups. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, the reason, and if mau-mauing the flak catchers works for the unprivileged, perhaps it’ll work for those about to lose their own.

    And, yes, not just the latte liberals but the hardscrabble left can be counted on to respond with derision. “More morons on parade.”

    I think it would be very useful for the Left to stop sneering and examine the views of those Europeans who have moved from the far left to the far right in recent years. French Communist Party to National Front, Labor to BNP, for example. Just what moved them in that direction? My hunch is that left-wing condescension played a major role.

    Comment by JoJo Gunne — September 15, 2009 @ 7:06 pm

  4. Who are the bigger morons? The right-wing yahoos or the liberal-left “progressives,” both of whom think that Obama is some kind of “radical?”

    If the trade union bureaucracy had a pair of balls between all of them, there would have been a million man march for genuine national health care that could have swept aside this kind of nonsense. But since they’re 100% behind “Obamacare” (along with the drug and insurance industries) the streets are the domain of the far right. And count on their ranks growing, as more and more of the middle class and even some of the working class get burned by Obama’s condescending neo-liberalism and the far right fllls the void provided by the pro-Democrat “left,” by posing as “populists.”

    Comment by MN Roy — September 15, 2009 @ 7:32 pm

  5. Agreed that this sort of condescension is the wrong method. For the past few days I’ve had several emails from friends–mostly liberals but some on the far left–full of pictures of the protesters and their signs, the basic theme being “ha ha, look at these idiots.” Well, yeah, it’s hard not to chuckle. But these people are setting the political agenda at the moment, and you can’t understand the conjuncture without understanding why that is. We need some solid analysis and a strategy to push back–the discussion on this blog about defending the healthcare “town halls” seems like a good starting point.

    I guess I don’t really see the connection with immigration, however. If it wasn’t immigrants, they’d be going after black people, or the LGBT community, or whoever. In fact, the only reason that anti-gay politics aren’t more prominent in all this right populism is that there’s some semblance of an LGBT rights movement in the streets at the moment,

    We’re talking about white, rural and suburban, middle-class folks who are terrified that the recession is going to dump them into the ranks of the working poor. They’re latching onto whatever scapegoat they can. There’s a whiff of fascism about this.

    Comment by James — September 16, 2009 @ 3:29 am

  6. I actually don’t think the ridiculing approach is counterproductive, provided that it’s part of a larger toolkit. It disabuses one of the notion that any kind of productive dialogue can be had with these people – they need to be dehumanized.

    Comment by Steve — September 16, 2009 @ 4:59 am

  7. Socialist Worker had an interesting take on the “keep the government out of my medicare” sentiment (which seems at first glance worthy of ridicule):


    “And if Medicare recipients are skeptical of government promises, perhaps it’s also because their experience with Medicare itself isn’t as great as proponents of health care reform often assume. Although liberals hold up Medicare as an example of an efficient and generous health insurance system, it actually suffers from many of the deficiencies and irrationalities of the private insurance system on which it is modeled.”

    Comment by e — September 16, 2009 @ 7:16 pm

  8. what’s the difference between calling someone a ‘teabagger’ and calling someone a ‘faggot’?

    Comment by yorn — September 18, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

  9. Oh please, the phrase is a mockery of the, ahem, revolutionary pretensions of these wing nuts. If you want to find homophobes Im sure theres plenty in the Tea Bagger camp. Although I think racism is the strongest prejudice in their ranks.

    Comment by SGuy — September 18, 2009 @ 3:15 pm

  10. Hilarious, all the fascist sympathizers complaining about the left’s condescension and then turning around to defend the beautiful precious soul of the innocent common white man from the unspeakable oppression of having their ignorant spoon-fed propaganda informed worldviews challenged by educated snobs and dangerous minorities.

    Some of the worst elitists pander to the basest populism as a cover for their own contempt for “the common man”, and the Right is run by such posh assholes affecting the mannerisms of ‘trailer trash’. I live in the South and I see you assholes every day driving to and from your McMansions in your spotless late-model pickup trucks that have never seen the kind of hauling they were designed for (except perhaps the occasional yacht) and your hypocrisy makes me gag.

    Comment by subcomandante gonzalez — September 19, 2009 @ 10:23 pm

  11. “I think it would be very useful for the Left to stop sneering and examine the views of those Europeans who have moved from the far left to the far right in recent years.”

    Yeah let’s talk about Europe instead of America, things are exactly the same.

    The French left movement is actually doing pretty well right now, as for the BNP they are still a marginalised group of boneheads and always will be. Winning one election thanks to changes in the electoral process means sweet motherfuck all.

    “French Communist Party to National Front, Labor to BNP, for example. Just what moved them in that direction? My hunch is that left-wing condescension played a major role.”

    Labour are not ‘left-wing’, perhaps the workers struggles in Greece, France, Sweden and so on are examples of workers’ discontent at state ‘right-wingism’? Just maybe. A practically Fascist “democratic” state government tends to do that.

    Moreover, it’s proven to be correct that the majority support the healthcare reforms, it’s just a very vocal and scared minority of ugly cunts who are trumpeted up by FOX News et al that are trying to cause havoc.

    Mass ‘non-white’ immigration will continue evermore and there’s nothing you can do about it. 🙂

    Comment by Stompy — September 19, 2009 @ 10:35 pm

  12. This white boy says Gonzalez & Stompy are correct. The stampeding white middle class is being crushed by global capitalism’s logic of Wal-Mart’s eliminating ma & pa stores on the one hand while manufacturing jobs are exported ad nauseum on the other. Meanwhile, until 911, every right wing administration in the 20th century encouraged xenophobic imbecile constituents on the one hand while encouraging non-white immigration as a source of cheap labor on the other, all the while purposely depriving public education of funds so as to to ensure a populace that’s ignorant of this revoltingly iniquitous social arrangement. Like Proyect has pointed out, the only thing preventing fascism here has been the abject defeat of organized labor. Few things in my lifetime are more disgusting than this latest phenom of militant ignorance financed by large corporations and their contemptible mouthpieces on Fixed News/Fox Noise. May whomever defends those rancid teabag assholes (one had a sign that said “You Socialist Morans…”) rot in hell. Those tumors are so malignent that even if avowed pacifists were to successfully lead a socialist revolution they’d end up having to shoot a shitload of those miserable fuckers.

    Comment by Karl Friedrich — September 22, 2009 @ 6:05 am

  13. I’ve been having an argument with a Russian “liberal” (i.e. right-winger) about this march on his LiveJournal blog. He seems particularly impressed that there were “2 million people” at the event. Is this actually true? Can anyone here point me to good factual accounts of it, including numbers of protesters?

    Comment by hecksinductionhour — September 22, 2009 @ 9:51 am

  14. […] Medicare is government-run.  Your sign doesn’t make any sense. […]

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