You have people that are ignorant, functionally illiterate, and whacked out on drugs, Hillbilly heroin, well, you name it, meth, go down the line, and they have nothing to lose.

Not a “classist”— just classy. Celente helpfully adds:

You know, I’m a practitioner, a close combat practitioner, is my instructing — teachers, John Perkins, and he’s a self defense expert. He’s a close combat. Number one, anybody that wants to look him up, he’s there. You know what he teaches us? He teaches us to prepare for the worst — survival. And then you back off from that.

I’m sure your close-combat kung fu skills will come in handy in the Hobbesian nightmare that you predict, Gerald. Us, we favor a sawed-off in that situation. Of course, I personally live in the District of Columbia where until very recently it was illegal to have any guns at all, so I don’t have one. I’m not exactly quaking in fear.

Beck conjures something he calls the “Bubba Effect,” which he thinks “is likely to happen.” The Bubba effect is, apparently, the rise of some sort of patriot militia movement, plus.

Here, a retired Army command sergeant major adds some more, ahem, subtext:

STRONG: They’ll be very conscious of who enters their own community and it’s almost going to be a commune-based society, but they won’t project that based on the fact that they want to project normalcy.


STRONG: but those that enter their space that are threatening to them. And again, we don’t want to use the word “profiling,” but that’s — you are definitely going to stand out. You are not going to look like a bubba.

My favorite part is when Beck keeps saying “we’re not predicting this will happen.” Not at all! No worries. Here’s Beck’s talking about Mexican drug gangs: (emphasis mine):

BECK: Right. And it will lead to, I believe it will play into, at least, the disenfranchisement and a possible uprising here in the United States with — God forbid — please, everybody, have a seat and relax just a little bit.

I would take a seat, Glenn, but I’m too busy hiding under it.

Another Glenn, this one Greenwald at Salon, puts all this lunacy in historical context and makes some very sharp points:

Bill Clinton’s election in 1992 gave rise to the American “militia movement”: hordes of overwhelmingly white, middle-aged men from suburban and rural areas who convinced themselves they were defending the American way of life from the “liberals” and “leftists” running the country by dressing up in military costumes on weekends, wobbling around together with guns, and play-acting the role of patriot-warriors. Those theater groups… spawned the decade of the so-called “Angry White Male,” the movement behind the 1994 takeover of the U.S. Congress by Newt Gingrich and his band of federal-government-cursing, pseudo-revolutionary, play-acting tough guys.

What was most remarkable about this allegedly “anti-government” movement was that — with some isolated and principled exceptions — it completely vanished upon the election of Republican George Bush, and it stayed invisible even as Bush presided over the most extreme and invasive expansion of federal government power in memory. Even as Bush seized and used all of the powers which that movement claimed in the 1990s to find so tyrannical and unconstitutional — limitless, unchecked surveillance activities, detention powers with no oversight, expanding federal police powers, secret prison camps, even massively exploding and debt-financed domestic spending — they meekly submitted to all of it, even enthusiastically cheered it all on.

Funny how that works. Greenwald correctly ties this into the Santelli debacle:

The week-long CNBC Revolt of the Traders led by McCain voter Rick Santelli and the fledgling little Tea Party movement promoted by the Michelle Malkins of the world are obvious outgrowths of this 1990s mentality, now fortified by the most powerful fuel: deep economic fear.

Beck uses that economic fear to posit the withdrawal of America as the world’s policeman and predicts that would lead to chaos from Muslims. Remember Beck’s the guy who asked Keith Ellison, our first Muslim Congressman, this gem:

“I have been nervous about this interview with you, because what I feel like saying is, ‘Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies.’ ” Beck added: “I’m not accusing you of being an enemy, but that’s the way I feel, and I think a lot of Americans will feel that way.”

And here’s Beck on the “War Room” program:

…what would happen in the Middle East is also tied in to just running over Europe. Europe, itself, is teetering with Muslim extremists as well. How does the world stand without America standing there and being prepared to deal with it?


And, yes, it gets worse.

Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, CJR's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at Follow him on Twitter at @ryanchittum.