Monday, September 13, 2010

Imagine if Beck and Dr. King had been contemporaries

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Glenn Beck likes to express his admiration of Dr. Martin Luther King, but if Beck had a radio show in the 60's or King were organizing for civil rights today, it would have been a different story.

"Communism forgets that life is individual. Capitalism forgets that life is social, and the kingdom of brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of communism nor the antithesis of capitalism, but in a higher synthesis. It is found in a higher synthesis that combines the truths of both."
Dr. King,
Beyond Vietnam, 1967

As previously pointed out, Beck ignorantly attacks the Cloward and Piven theory from their 1966 article in The Nation. The goal of their theory was to have the federal government establish a guaranteed minimum income for everyone and thus bring about an end to poverty.

"I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective -- the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income."
Dr. King,
Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community, 1967

If there is any doubt how Beck would have treated Dr. King, the following(1) offers an idea:

How might Dr. King have responded to such a work of imagination?

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
Dr. King
Strength to Love, 1963
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