Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Glenn Beck and George Multi-Billionaire Soros

Glenn Beck has not exactly been a favorite around here (see here, here, and here), but his series on George Soros is intriguing to say the least. Beck has honed in on Soros as the root of all evil, and he has emphasized the point that Soros is Jewish. Beck seems have two main complaints: that Soros is a major funder of the left and that he is a currency manipulator poised to take down the dollar and foment revolution in the US.

Soros is well-known for funding the left, but Beck sees Soros as orchestrating the entire show:“For months, Glenn has been pulling back the structure progressives have worked decades to put in place. Beneath every layer lies one common thread: George Soros.” Beck’s team highlights Soros’ self-image as a messianic figure who believes he is able to change the world in his image: “If truth be known, I carried some rather potent messianic fantasies with me from childhood which I felt I had to control, otherwise I might end up in the loony bin. But when I made my way in the world, I wanted to indulge myself in my fantasies to the extent that I could afford.” Beck’s website shows how Soros funds the left, including Moveon.org, ACORN, Center for American Progress, the Tides Foundation, the Open Society Institute, and the National Council of La Raza.

Beck thinks that Soros is poised to bring down the United States in the same way he has other countries—by collapsing the currency and causing a revolution: “I told you there was a structure being put in place designed to bring about the fundamental transformation that has been promised. Through the course of this journey of discovery, amazingly, all the paths time after time really led to one man: George Soros, one guy. There’s a crisis slashing our economy: George Soros….He pulls no punches about the endgame: it’s one-world government, the end of America’s prevailing status as the world power.” Why?” The video goes on to recount Soros’ role in attacking the currencies of England, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Russia, and Japan and in funding the revolutions throughout post-communist Eastern Europe. He now has his sights on the US which he sees as the main obstacle for human progress, favoring devaluation of the dollar and producing a “global society without borders or individual governments.”

There is a sense of urgency: “I knowthat soon, soon the gates of hell are going to be opening up….the only way to stop it is the sunlight….Your children’s, my children’s freedom, the republic is at stake.” “And the reason why I have built this show [on Soros] up so much is time is of the essence. … We either are going to be destroyed or we will destroy them. But once we’re out in the light and the shadows are gone, then the clock is ticking.” He has a two-year time horizon on the process: If it doesn’t happen in two years, he says we can all laugh at him; but of course, he could also argue that exposing Soros now was effective in changing Soros’ behavior and averting disaster.

As to how to prepare for the coming end times, he says that “they are deflating, collapsing the dollar in a controlled way” (see here), a policy explicitly advocated by Soros. Higher interest rates are coming; there will be unrest and the government will have to step in. His advice is to stock up with food (he has a year’s supply for his family) and get out of debt. He also advocates buying gold. In one his commercials promoting gold, he talks about gold as a defense against the coming crisis and does a Yiddish-like imitation of Soros saying that you have to protect yourself.

Essentially, Beck is making Soros into the main figure behind the current financial crisis and the movement to devalue the dollar. This is an oversimplification. Soros will doubtless position himself to benefit from how the crisis plays out (as he has always done  and as Beck is counseling his audience to do). But I have never seen any evidence that Soros was the prime mover of the financial fraud and mismanagement that caused the financial crisis or that he is the main force behind the Fed’s policy of quantitative easing designed to devalue the dollar.

Beck foresees a possible complete meltdown far worse than the present malaise. Blaming it on one person is certainly effective rhetorically. It simplifies the problem for his audience by allowing them to focus on one person as the source of all the problems.

In his show and on his website, Beck emphasizes that Soros is a Jew (although under pressure he later saidthat Soros being Jewish is irrelevant to his behavior and that he (Beck) is more pro-Jewish and pro-Israel than Soros). Beck dwells quite a bit on Soros’ wartime experience (much to the consternation of the ADL), the ostensible point being that Soros has never shown any guilt about his behavior and indeed seems to have valued his experience—“the happiest year of his life.” The implication is that Soros is a sociopath willing to turn on his own people: He learned that by hiding his own identity as a Jew, he could gain power and survive.

George Soros is a guy that had to wear a mask. When he was 14 years old, Hitler moved in to Hungary. And Soros is Jewish. His real name is George Schwartz. [He helped] “deliver papers to the Jews and confiscate their property and then ship them off. And George Soros was part of it. He would help confiscate the stuff. It was frightening. Here’s a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps. And I am certainly not saying that George Soros enjoyed that, even had a choice. I mean, he’s 14 years old. He was surviving. … You would think that there would be some remorse as an 80-year-old man or a 40-year-old man or a 20-year-old man, when it was all over, you would do some soul searching and say, “What did I do? What did I do?” George Soros is not a fan of the state of Israel. George Soros is — many people would call him an anti-semite. I will not. I don’t know enough about all of his positions on Jews. I know his mother, in George Soros’s own words, his mother was an anti-semite. And so he just has this weird, weird world view. (See here and the video clip below summarizing Beck’s basic ideas.)

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