American ignorance about European affairs is notoriously and lamentably widespread. On those rare occasions when I see an American “expert” discussing Europe on the talking-head TV shows, my usual reaction is, “This guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about!”
There are rare exceptions (see: Diana West), but publicly-displayed ignorance of matters European is the rule in the United States. Even commentators who are otherwise intelligent and well-informed — people who should know better — speak the most appalling nonsense about Europe.
Perhaps everybody picks up his information from the lefty state-sponsored European media, and simply parrots the party line he finds there. The reverse is certainly true: 90% of the pernicious drivel uttered by Europeans about the USA is derived from the PC crap on American television networks, wire services, and other major media outlets.
American conservatives are no less susceptible to Euro-nonsense than their liberal cousins. There’s some truth to the European fear that the United States will one day use its military might to enforce the “human rights” of Muslims in Europe. The travesties of Bosnia and Kosovo have set the precedent.
Most Americans, even conservatives, have bought the line put forth by the technocrats of the EU: any expression of nationalism in Europe is proto-fascist in nature, and has to be squashed to prevent the resurgence of Nazism. To the American mind, Europe is like a malaria patient who is prone to periodic bouts of the same old disease. Every now and then you have to dump a few quarts of quinine — PC Multiculturalism, American style, in this case — into the patient, and strap him to the bed until the fever passes.
I bring all this up because of the latest outbreak EuroNaziPhobia from an American conservative. The Strange Case of Glenn Beck was brought to my attention last night and this morning by several readers (more than half of them Americans, by the way). In the video below you can listen to Mr. Beck hold forth on the alarming rise of fascism in Europe. Pay particular attention to his citation of Whitehall’s decision to bar Mr. Wilders from entering the UK — as if that proved his case that the Blond is a fascist:
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[Update: Since I first watched this excerpt, Fox has invoked copyright and Youtube has taken the video down. Which is interesting, because many, many Fox News videos go viral on the internet without interference. Do you think they’re embarrassed?
If anyone finds a different instance of the clip, let me know, and I’ll change the embed code.
Further update: Thanks to Thrasymachus, we now have a new embed of the clip from a different site.]
I’ve never been a big Glenn Beck fan. Every now and then he has said something I really like — we’ve even posted a few of his clips here — but his style is generally a little too moist for my taste.
In this case, however, he seems to have executed a flawless Charles Johnson. Is LGF going to have to do a full 180 and embrace this noble enemy of European fascism?
If any of our readers like Glenn Beck’s show, you might want to call or write the man and advise him to educate himself about what’s really happening in Europe. Tell him he can start with the Gates of Vienna archives, paying particular attention to Fjordman’s essays — which will certainly point him in the direction of useful further reading.
As Yorkshire Miner is fond of saying, we live in interesting times.