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Glenn Beck Thinks Progressives Are Toxic ... What Kind of America Does he Want?

When right-wingers attack "evil progressivism," it sounds like they yearn for the days when American workers were indentured servants to the wealthy.
 
 
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Glenn Beck was on Greta Van Susteren's show last night, plumping his new book, Common Sense -- which, like most right-wing titles, is actually a piece of Newspeak that represents roughly the opposite of what it appears to mean -- and repeating his charge that "the progressive movement is the "disease" that is killing this country".

You see, he's been reading Jonah Goldberg, so he's reached this conclusion (with some help from libertarians). And there's no doubt that the basic argument is right: Beginning in the early 1900s, the progressive movement definitely shifted the direction of this nation and shaped it largely into what we see today.

Glenn Beck thinks that's a bad thing. I don't.

Now, I know that Beck reels in money by the barrelful these days. But he hails from a working-class family and often touts his working-class roots.

So I'd like him to meet some Americans before the progressive movement came along:

These are child laborers from the early part of the last century. They were common fixtures on the American landscape. Possibly some of Beck's ancestors were among them. ( Here's a gallery of pictures of them.)

I've remarked on this previously, but it bears repeating:

 

David Neiwert is a freelance journalist based in Seattle. He's a contributor to Crooks and Liars and runs the blog Orcinus. His most recent book is The Eliminationists: How Hate Talk Radicalized the American Right .

 
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