At this point in Glenn Beck's career, it's getting harder to muster the proper shocked outrage (‽) his antics would normally raise in any sane individual. The guy is captain of the U.S.S. Wingnut, leader of a scared and angry constituency that puts conspiratorial bluster above truth and reality. The self described "rodeo clown" recently called President Obama a racist (and lost half of his advertisers in the process), rallied his army to take down Van Jones, and blamed Atheists for all of America's problems.
Glenn Beck thinks the excellent movie "The Story of Stuff" in un-American. He interviewed a father outraged that his son was exposed in school to the idea that maybe we don't need to be completely surrounded by material goods to find happiness, especially when those material goods create as much environmental damage as our stuff does now.
Mr. Beck links to a page of bullet pointed facts (PDF file from Beck's 9/12 Project) from the Story of Stuff, here are a few:
• In the past three decades, one-third of the planet's natrual resources base has been consumed. • Forty percent of waterways in the US have become undrinkable.
• The US has 5% of the world's population but consumers 30% of the worlds resources and creates 30% of the world's waste.
• Only a handful of synthetic chemicals have ever been tested for human health impacts and NONE have been tested for synergistic health impacts.
I'm outraged at the contents of the facts. The American society is living above its planetary means. We're all doing it. If everyone on the planet lived the same lifestyle as a middle class American, we'd use up everything in a year or so and settle down into killing one another over waterholes.
I believe that the First World owes it to both ourselves and the rest of humanity to figure out a way to raise every else up to living a safe, healthy, productive life in a way that's fully sustainable and that doesn't destroy the environment. Why doesn't a kid in Mongolia, or India, the Congo, or East St. Louis have every right as I did to grow up in a nice home with a means to get around town to shop, eat, visit, and live?
In Glenn Beck's universe, America just needs to pray more, screw the rest of the world. We need to keep buying stuff, especially his books, and just squeeze our little eyes shut and pray for all we're worth. Then we can go back to the glorious days of the 50's, when the women and minorities knew their place and life as an employed, church going, white, straight American male was kick ass.
Here is the big bad scary video that has Glenn Beck and his fans cowering in fear.
May we continue to live in interesting times.
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