In yet another display of establishment hypocrisy, the Nixon fanboy,* Stephen Colbert, has denounced a group of people who, allegedly attempted to break into the home** of Fox “News” proagandist and irresponsible ally of Trump’s bigotry and fascim, Tucker Carlson.
Colbert makes the following point: “Fighting Tucker Carlson’s ideas is an American right. Targeting his home and terrorizing his family is an act of monstrous cowardice. Obviously don’t do this, but also, take no pleasure in it happening. Feeding monsters just makes more monsters.”
This of course is a textbook example of privilege. White, wealthy, male, corporate privilege. Not everyone has a hunk of prime time real estate and millions of dollars, and the protection afforded by wealth, the dubious, if problematic, security of a major corporate sponsor and the relative safety of fame. Listening to Colbert admonish the victims of a court jester who pimps for state terror, to be civil, is like listening to a pedophile priest deliver a sermon on chastity.
Tucker Carlson has spent the better part of several years advocating state terror disguised as conservative opinion. He is aligned with a delusional, racist, fascist gangster whose idea of civility is attacking journalists, fabricating evidence of an assault, revoking their access as a means to intimidating his critics and stopping scrutiny of the regime. This is done against a backdrop of systemic corruption, environmental genocide, and spasms of domestic terrorism, about which no one of any public stature is asking, how can a government that devotes hundreds of billions of dollars to mass surveillance keep missing the flashing lights of impending violence, when it’s committed by White men in America?***
Tucker Carlson is in effect screaming at an enraged atavistic mob, that the foreigners, the queers, the women, the Jews, the Blacks, and the Latinos are all coming to get them, and when victims of his, shouting fire in a crowded theater rhetoric, get enraged, and show up at his front door to say, hey mother fucker, stop inciting mob violence or it will come to you, Colbert is there to wag his finger in America’s face.
He’s right of course, violence is not the answer, which is why we expect him to demand that Carlson stop ginning up mob violence, stop making excuses for bigotry and tyranny, and that the only way to stop it is through civil disobedience, and that, he is going to demonstrate his concern for our fragile republic, and his contempt for Carlson’s fascism, by going on strike, and staging a series of acts of disruptive civil disobedience, including but not limited to, organizing his wealthy White liberal friends, to stage sit-ins, occupations, and other actions that force the Democrats to act in defense of the Constitution, relieving the rest of the country of the need to defend itself against tyranny, through increasingly desperate and drastic means.
But of course, that’s a joke because the truth is, Colbert is a liberal hypocrite who will go on cracking jokes, having Sean Spicer and Henry Kissinger on as guests, waxing nostalgic for Nixon, and lecturing the victims of Carlson’s Father Coughlin style terrorism, that some people can shout fire, in a crowded theater, and everyone else has the right to be trampled to death.
*For a look at Colbert’s affection for Nixon, see the following:
**Crucially, the media, and Colbert could not be bothered to point out that there is now contrary evidence suggesting that no one attempted to break into Carlson’s home, no damage was done to his property and that the entire episode was an example of wealthy White boys pissing themselves because someone told them to shut the fuck up and stop inciting violence.
***Our colleague, David Benjamin Steele makes the valid point that the FBI et al have been open (within the limits of both legitimate security and illegitimate, systemic, mendacity) about the threat posed by White Nationalist Terrorism. Many individuals in the security establishment are perfectly well aware of the threat, the byzantine and corrupt politics involved and work to do what is right.
That of course does not change the fact that the system is corrupt and as a result, between bureaucratic lethargy, deliberate cynical indifference, and authentic right wing, neo-fascist support, the same machinery of surveillance that has locked the American left in a virtual gulag, is also used to enable the threat and use it as a pretext for an ever expanding system of control.
This is hardly unique. Writing about such situation nearly a century ago, Joseph Conrad gave the world the novel, The Secret Agent. And in terms of federal agents going so far “undercover” as to become, de facto agents of terror, one need only consider Conrad’s Mista Kurtz or his later iteration in Apocalypse Now – based not only on Heart of Darkness but on the ugly truths of Operation Phoenix – the CIA orchestrated, Vietnam based death squads, to see that the very nature of counter-intelligence, counter-terrorism, and their bureaucratic architecture are flawed at the level of their DNA.
Perhaps Colbert will comment on this: