Are We Saner Now?
Stewart and Colbert's rally was, at best, painful to watch.I only made it about 50 minutes. Apart from the issue of double equivalence, covered well by Helmut over at Phronesisaical, there is the larger issue of running to the middle, which means to the right, for liberals and progressives looking for "sanity".This 'happy middle" is a utopian illusion in any society but especially in a capitalist one. And it is an illusion which plays right into the hands of the status quo and those who have power.
Taking another step back, we have to ask if comedy and political philosophy can really co-exist in any coherent fashion? If Colbert never steps out of character, if Stewart throws his trademark ironic asides in, how can it be satirically funny and serious? I mean Yusef (Cat Stevens)? John Legend singing about god? Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow sang "I know I can't change the world..." WTF?
This is post-post modern Spectacle at it's worst but if it was intended to boost Democrats or voting or participating in the "democratic process" you would have to ask yourself; what is the definition of someone who does the same thing over and over and over and expects different results? I would rather go to a Glen Beck rally. Peace Train?, really? it was a great example of what happens to comedians without their usual writers or shtick.
Anyone seen the crazy ad by Citizens Against Government Waste that shows a lecturer at a Chinese University ( huge picture of Mao in the background) explaining to the hall full of students why empires fall? He gets to America and the debt and starts laughing, saying "and now they work for us! Ha Ha ha ha! and all the students chuckle along. Amazing stuff. Where did they find enough Chinese Americans willing to be in a commercial designed to whip up xenophobic fear and hate? against Chinese? clue: any city in America.
With the French unions waving the white flag, it looks like this is not The Coming Insurrection. Oh well. I bet some people, especially students, learned some things that will be helpful next time.Unions are like Jon Stewart, they don't want to see anything that might upset the order.