Posts Tagged ‘rhetoric’

Hear Darrick Hamilton, Associate Professor of Economics and Urban Policy at The New School ( for Public Engagement (, speaking at the New School Minute, where faculty from every school present their timely and celebrated research in a series of rapid-fire 60-second lectures.

I went to grad-school at the University of North carolina at Chapel hill with Darrick!! :D

Government is bad... mmmkey

Government is bad… mmmkey


Luntz’s populism has turned on itself and become its opposite: fear and loathing of the masses. “I am grateful that Occupy Wall Street turned out to be a bunch of crazy, disgusting, rude, horrible people, because they were onto something,” he says. “Limbaugh made fun of me when I said that Occupy Wall Street scares me. Because he didn’t hear what I hear. He doesn’t see what I see.” The people are angry. They want more, not because we have not given them enough but because we have given them too much.

This apologetic rhetoric has been used almost unchanged from the end of the eugenics era and the World Wars. We’ve heard it all before in several languages and it’s always used to reassert white supremacy without resorting to traditional racist discourse.
Here’s an example of the basic argument over 2/3 of white Americans seem to espouse… Though they don’t openly admit it of course:
“We have nothing against blacks/jews/Arabs if only they were less violent/greedy/angry and didn’t want to sleep with our women”