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Thursday, January 24,2013

The ‘Beckinization’ of the far right

By Jim Hightower

Perhaps you thought that, surely, the far right wing in American politics couldn’t get any nuttier. If so, you clearly hadn’t factored in Glenn Beck.

Since losing his glory spot as a Fox TV yackety-yacker, Beck has been less visible, but no less busy, continuing to promote himself as leader of the political wacky, and still delighting them as the P.T. Barnum of conspiracy theories. His hottest-selling shtick in recent months is a piece of fear-mongering about an entity that few other people in the world consider at all fearsome: The United Nations.

“Agenda 21,” wails the Beckster on his subscription TV show and other forums, refers to an obscure, innocuous and non-binding resolution approved by U.N. members (including the U.S.) 21 years ago. Be very afraid, Beck bleats in alarm, for this document lays out the secret, diabolical scheme of internationalists to seize America’s autonomy. Under the guise of promoting “sustainable” development, goes the theory, the United Nations intends to ban our suburbs, take our golf courses from us, usurp our freedoms and impose a global dictatorship. To depict the horror of Agenda 21, the cover of Beck’s new book on the topic features the U.N. logo looming over an American landscape, which is imprisoned behind barbed wire. Subtle!

Silly, too. But it’s the hot new thing on the far right. “Heroic” lawmakers in Alabama and Tennessee have already banned any implementation of Agenda 21-style provisions in their states — even though none were proposed. Five other state legislatures are considering the same this year. Also, the new tea party senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, says the U.N. takeover of America will be a top issue for him. And, of course, the big rumor on the right is that Barack Obama is using CIA mindcontrol techniques to implement the U.N. dictatorship.

Do these people ever even visit reality?

This opinion column does not necessarily reflect the views of Boulder Weekly.

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