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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 04:48 PM
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You Can't Fight The Stupid
Edited on Mon Nov-21-11 04:50 PM by babylonsister
http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2011/11/21/95039/152

You Can't Fight The Stupid

by BooMan
Mon Nov 21st, 2011 at 09:50:39 AM EST


The only reason David Frum feels free to speak the truth about a few things is because he has been so thoroughly ostracized from the Republican Party and its wingnut welfare system that he has nothing left to lose. He can't get on Fox News anymore, so it's easy for him to denounce it. There's no chance that any major think tank will ever employ him again, so he can denounce the think tanks. He's suddenly liberated.

We have a term for what concerns David Frum. We call it "The Stupid." There is a small cadre of conservatives (e.g., Frum, Kathleen Parker) who are trying to address the collective turn of the right towards something that truly resembles severe retardation. But, honestly, they don't have a chance.

Frum explains why, even if he still holds out hope:

Over the past two decades, conservatism has evolved from a political philosophy into a market segment. An industry has grown up to serve that segmentand its stars have become the true thought leaders of the conservative world. The business model of the conservative media is built on two elements: provoking the audience into a fever of indignation (to keep them watching) and fomenting mistrust of all other information sources (so that they never change the channel). As a commercial proposition, this model has worked brilliantly in the Obama era. As journalism, not so much. As a tool of political mobilization, it backfires, by inciting followers to the point at which they force leaders into confrontations where everybody loses, like the summertime showdown over the debt ceiling.

But the thought leaders on talk radio and Fox do more than shape opinion. Backed by their own wing of the book-publishing industry and supported by think tanks that increasingly function as public-relations agencies, conservatives have built a whole alternative knowledge system, with its own facts, its own history, its own laws of economics.


The Stupid is a moneymaker. The Stupid is a market.

And The Stupid makes people behave as if they've had a lobotomy. How do you fix something like that?


Frum's entire article here:

http://nymag.com/news/politics/conservatives-david-frum... /
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abelenkpe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 04:56 PM
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1. Lemmeno when there is a cure
I have many relatives suffering from teh stupid.
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aint_no_life_nowhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 04:57 PM
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2. He's come a long way since his Chimp fluffing days
This is pretty insightful, especially for a conservative.
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Tarheel_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 05:11 PM
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3. I'll bet David enjoyed the initial uprising of the Teanutters, but it's coming back to bite 'em all.
It sucks for the rest of us, but they sat by while this monster was being created.
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snagglepuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 05:52 PM
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I have a different take on Frum. Having moved back to Canada frum is simply trying
to distant himself from Bush and hide his neo-conservativism in order to be considered a credible media pundit in Canada.
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Tarheel_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 09:06 AM
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8. I wasn't aware that he was in Canada, but you may be right. (nt)
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snagglepuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 05:52 PM
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4. I have a different take on Frum. Having moved back to Canada frum is simply trying
to distant himself from Bush and hide his neo-conservativism in order to be considered a credible media pundit in Canada.
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Salviati Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 05:53 PM
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5. And this is why the grifters are moving in en masse...
e.g. Palin, Newt, and Cain, to take advantage of a collection of rubes the likes of which has never been seen before.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:06 PM
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6. Frum also grew up in Canada where his mom was a very beloved liberal journalist (we were very
shocked when it turned out she was a conservative). She was Canada's Walter Cronkite.
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Beartracks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:31 PM
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7. "alternative knowledge system with its own facts"
... if by "knowledge" you mean making shit up, and by "facts" you mean lies that are repeated enough that even the liar thinks they're true.

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