Stoking The Flames
Glenn Beck is one of the rising stars of conservative media. His brash commentary has garnered him a wide and loyal audience giving both his talk show and Fox News time slot high rating. There is a particularly disturbing aspect of the Beck media spectacle. He has a tendency promote conspiracy theories and an exception disdain for hedge fund manager George Soros. He paints a picture of George Soros with a thinly veiled antisemitic angle.
The Capitalist Who Hates Free Trade
One of the most peculiar traits of the Glenn Beck worldview is his opposition to free trade on Forbes. Beck is a staunch capitalist who considers communism and its historical advocates some of the worst villains in all of history. George Soros is not only a hedge fund manager but arguably the most successful hedge fund manager in the world. The idea that a man of enormous wealth such as Soros would oppose capitalism simply does not add up, but that doesn’t stop Beck from framing him as a communist subverter. For evidence of this assertion Beck cites examples of revolutions in eastern Europe Soros has provided assistance. The Orange revolution, the Rose revolution, and others of this nature were favored by Soros but Beck ignores a key fact about these events. All of these revolutions were capitalistic movements of the sort Glenn Beck claims he supports. Beck sees these efforts by Soros as indicators of his plans to disrupt America.
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Modernizing Blood Libel
One of the most scathing sources of antisemitism is the notion that Jews are secretly involved in heinous acts of violence. With his accusations that Soros was a Nazi collaborator he is reviving old and ugly blood libels against Jews. Beck claims that while still a teenager Soros helped the Nazis send Jews to their untimely deaths. Although this bizarre claim is exceptionally inflammatory it is only a small portion of his overall attack on Soros.
The Most Serious Jester
Glenn Beck’s exceptionally nasty rhetoric is often dismissed as humor or hyperbole. Reading between the lines shows there is exploitation of a very naive audience. It may seem easy to dismiss the idea that Glenn Beck surely sees Soros as the ultimate force of evil, but his rhetoric is taken seriously by significant portions of the American public. There are white nationalists seeking to mainstream their movements by attaching themselves to opposition to globalization. The attacks leveled against George Soros may allow them to do just that.
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