It must be hard to style yourself as a “Advocacy Movement” when your fortune relies solely on bad news. After all, nobody pays much attention to anti-war activists when there is no war, or when a war is being fought and won. Likewise, how much airtime does Jesse get when minorities aren’t rioting?
No, the sad fact is that sad facts sell, even if they have to be made up.
Which is very odd when you consider that good news tends to make normal people happy and bad news makes them angry or miserable. But that’s normal people, not activists. It is possible to suppose that there exists somewhere an antimatter universe where right is wrong and good is bad, but the Beast always assumed such a place would be off in a distant paralell universe instead of Al Gore’s office.
Of course, you need a goatee to be from the antimatter universe, too.
The Wonderful World Of Fear.
The Con Man’s greatest fear is that he will be conned in return.
Leftist activist movements attract conspiracy theorists like deer attract ticks and (in an antimatter sense) this is perfectly normal. Unsophsticated, ordinary folk cling to the quaint conceit that proof should come before belief, but for the Activists belief is proof. The 911 attacks? A plot by Bushitler to become dictator. Plamegate? A plot by Bushitler to pay back her hubby for messing up his plot to become dictator. Iraq War? A plot by Bushitler to raise an army to aid in his becoming dictator.
One question: is Bushitler dictator yet?
No? Well he’d better hurry up, he’s only got two more years before he has to leave office.
At some point after The Beast posts this piece he will receive a comment or email from a Liberal who will point out that of course Bush is not a dictator yet, but he’s working towards it. Liberals always say that because they have to: the real threat is always somewhere off in the future – a check that’s always in the mail but never seems to arrive.
Perhaps this fetish for hidden agendas springs from a less-than-clear conscience. The left has learned to roll up the bitter socialist pill in a scrap of juicy steak to get it down our throats. Karl Marx claimed the future with his theory of Historical Materialism, but the left remains frightened that the Capitalists are going to steal it away. If liberals have a hidden agenda then why not the right wingers too?
Hence the future as boogeyman: Fascist Dystopia, Christianist Theocracy, Burning Nuclear Wasteland, Overheated Environmentally Collapsed Desert – pick your catastrophe, there’s a liberal Nostradamus for each.