Glenn Beck’s new slogan

“Every day, and in every way, I am getting bitter and bitter.”

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

12 thoughts on “Glenn Beck’s new slogan”

  1. And all this time I thought it was: "There's nothing as trustworthy as the ordinary mind – of the ordinary man".

  2. Ah, but Beck isn't getting bitter. It's us he's making bitter. It's the Fox-subsidized simulacrum of 'success' he's having with his folksy pabulum that makes us bitter about our chances of escaping caustic austerity under Obama and his frenemies in the Republican controlled 112th Congress.

  3. Yeah, I'd say you're projecting, Mark. Beck is riding high at the moment, he's got no reason at all to be bitter.

  4. We can distract away from the main point of Mark's LOLz and point out that he is being enriched by the feeble-minded, but his enrichment is precisely because he is feeding pablum to the embittered.

    So maybe it all works, with a little org chart.

  5. I think Beck's gambit failed. No one seems impressed. Less than 100K showed up. It was a religious revival that apparently failed to sway the religious. And no one else cares.

  6. It makes great sense that Beck is getting happier and happier by making his flock bitterer and bitterer:

    "I don't practise what I preach because I'm not the kind of person I'm preaching to!"

    (I'm not sure I believe this…like GODWIN-TRIGGER_REFERENCE_ELIDED before him, I think that part of his power is to be an exaggerated and unashamed version of the worse angels of his flock's nature. I am not immune to this effect: I get pleasure from some of the trollishness of Encyclopædia Dramatica—they say things I might think, but wouldn't dare, say.)

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