So now a bunch of Pagan's buddies, clever fellows that they are, have started an "I'm the 53% tumblr" here htp://the53.tumblr. The Wobblies have a great name for these guys, named after a cartoon character created by Ernest Riebe in 1912 and immortalized in a Joe Hill song called Mr. Block.
"Mr. Block is legion," wrote Walker C. Smith in 1913. "He is representative of that host of slaves who think in terms of their masters. Mr. Block speaks from the standpoint of the millionaire, licks the hand that smites him and kisses the boot that kicks him." In a sense , it is a collective form of Stockholm Syndrome mixed with a little curmudgeon. Like my grandad telling me he had to walk five miles uphill( both ways!) to school every day and then milk the chickens and blah blah. A funny take on this pathology is portrayed in the Monty Python movie Life of Brian
"Block thinks he may- be President some day." Joe Hill. And he thinks he has a monopoly on virtue and American Spirit.
Maybe worse are the liberals. Here is Benjamin Barber in the latest Nation, trying hard to catch up to Occupy and sputtering nonsense like: "Toward a Fighting Liberalism" ( I shit you not)
"Liberalism's core values remain strong, persuasive and enduring. Their fighting vitality is apparent in the spreading youth-led protests on Wall Street and across the country." It's basically re-hashed "we gotta push Obama" bullshit.Because they lost their imagination decades ago.
A long over-due debate is taking place on a dozen web sites in the "progressive" media-sphere over liberalism. A great example is the comment threads over at Truthout.org where liberals are being criticized from the left and acting very hurt about it. They just can't fathom someone attacking Elizabeth Warren or Michael Moore or any of the other stars and in a big way, this is the divide finally being acknowledged by the Occupy movement as well. Charges of opportunism and Utopianism are flying around and I say it's about time! The tired liberals with their tired approach tried to co-opt the Occupy Montana event on Saturday and unless some youth do show up they will probably be successful.