Glenn Beck attacks the wrong Rockefeller (twice).

4 09 2009

Gosh, it seems that Glenn Beck has inadvertently developed an interest in the person at the center of my next book:

The problems here are manifold. I have limited time today, so I’ll try to just focus on two:

1. John D. Rockefeller retired from active business around 1903. [And he died in 1937, about a decade before the building of the United Nations.] Beck is talking about the work of his son, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Why is this important? Because, as Nicholas Graham summarizes Beck’s rant (via Political Animal):

Rockefeller was an early American progressive, which actually means he was a communist, and they have connections to the fascists. And we know this because Rockefeller left clues to his true legacy with these communist art pieces which are hidden in plain sight, and since we have people in our own time who call themselves progressives they must actually be communists (possibly fascists?).

The older Rockefeller was not a Progressive. In fact, he was the target of one of the most famous books of the Progressive Era, Ida Tarbell’s History of the Standard Oil Company. The younger Rockefeller was also the target of brutal Progressive attacks after the Ludlow Massacre (which is covered in that book of mine).

2. The guy who commissioned the artwork at Rockefeller Center, including the famous Diego Rivera mural, was Nelson Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s son. Nelson Rockefeller was, of course, a Republican, later elected Governor of New York and Vice President of the United States.

PS Nelson had that Rivera mural destroyed long before the press got there. See Tim Robbins’ excellent film “The Cradle Will Rock” to see a great dramatization of this rather famous incident.



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4 09 2009

Not since Joe McCarthy shuffled off this mortal coil in 1957 has anyone made a career by accusing people of being communists. Glenn Beck has resurrected the practice. Not only has he found a cabal of secret communists, he has uncovered an entire communist corporation chock full of commies. The name of this company, you may ask?


You heard me right, boys and girls. The network that gave us Uncle Miltie and Ma Perkins has apparently been secretly sending subliminal messages endorsing Marxist doctrine since it was formed in 1926. This would make perfect sense to me. Every time I watched the Rockford Files I had an unexplainable desire to read Das Kapital. But seriously, folks. Twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, red baiting not only seems silly, it’s also kind of nuts. It’s not-at-all surprising that an organization would give this idiot a forum (after all, he’s on FOX Noise). What’s really stunning is the fact that his ratings are relatively high and that so many Americans take his word as gospel.

All kidding aside, half-witted ideologues are a dime a dozen. What separates Glenn Beck from his peers is the fact that he is doing some serious damage to the country he professes to love so much. For all of the comparisons to the Nazis he likes to make with respect to Liberals, Beck’s program has much in common with Adolf Hitler’s 1923 screed, Mein Kampf. Eighty-six years ago, Hitler attempted to arouse the anger of his fellow Germans by spouting half truths and utter nonsense – exactly what Glenn Beck is doing in 2009. So much of the insane dialogue that has been spewed forth at these Town Hall meetings across the country in recent weeks might have been lifted straight from a transcript of Beck’s program.

Beck and his twisted ilk have done the impossible. They have deflected the blame for America’s current economic distress (from where it should be aimed) toward a man who is trying to clean up the mess that was created – in large part – by people like Glenn Beck. They have also let loose with a vengeance the very worst angels of the American nature. Opening this Pandora’s box was relatively easy. Closing it might prove to be a bit of a problem.

Deep in their hearts
They do believe
That they shall undermine someday….

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

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