A little bit of both. More proof of the decline in American education seen here in the latest bit of shocking wrongness by Glenn Beck, whose popularity and influence is nothing short of astonishing. Here is is, blaming Obama for the neo-Nazi (actually at 89 years old, maybe not so neo) shooter at the Holocaust museum and trying to make the case that the Nazis were a left wing group.  Hopefully, your stomach is empty…

I had a student last term who got angry at me for pointing out that the Fascists and the Communists were enemies. You could see the smoke coming out of her ears that this wasn’t computing. She also wrote a paper trying to argue that entrepreneurs were being treated on the same level as slaves. This was also someone who smirked “Reminds me of Obama” when we were watching Triumph of the Will in class.  This whole conservative attempt to re-write history is ballsy, and I’m afraid it could do some real damage.

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