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Glenn Beck and the ‘Movement of Darkness’

This is an amusing rant from Glenn Beck on his show last week. He says that every 20-40 years there’s a “movement of darkness” and that “people of light” have to push it back. And it has something to do with hippies and communists, Martin Luther King and Janis Joplin. So we need to go to the moon. Or something. See if you can make any sense out of this.

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  1. blf says

    See if you can make any sense out of [the incoherent rant].

    I can think of far more enjoyable ways of killing my own brain cells.
    (Or procrastinating, which is what I’m currently doing…)

  2. matty1 says

    I’m not watching that but really, don’t associate MLK with the phrase “people of darkness” unless you are hoping for a gift membership of the Ku Klux Klan.

  3. troll says

    Movement of Darkness sounds like a great name for an orchestral black metal band. Now I want to see Glenn Beck wearing full corpsepaint and shredding.

  4. cottonnero says

    I was thinking Movement of Darkness sounded like what you do on the toilet with the lights off.

  5. Trebuchet says

    I’m not going to watch it either. Perhaps RWW will have a little more info without having to click on the video.

  6. mobius says

    Whiskey…Tango…Foxtrot???

    That is one of the worst attempts at communication I have ever heard. I couldn’t tell you with any certainty WHAT he was trying to say.

  7. dingojack says

    I’m not sure about Mr Bek shredding, but at a pinch he might just fit through an industrial-grade wood-chipper.
    Dingo
    ——–
    * Sorry – the Syrup of Figs just kicked in and I had a little ‘Movement of Darkness’ (ifyaknowhatimean). ;)

  8. busterggi says

    Sixty years later and the right is still bitching about hippies – they need new material.

    BTW that age of darkness in the ’80′s – that includes Reagan’s October Surprise deal with Khomeni, Iran/Contra and the Silerado/Bush family bank fraud right?

  9. says

    Crap, I watched it.
    It seems Glenn Beck is now a preacher. But I can’t get it out of my head that he is a Mormon and the more I learn about Mormons the more I am astonished that anybody AT ALL is a Mormon, and having watched this clip I am astonished that anybody listens to him.

  10. Dennis N says

    So hippies had nothing to do with progress in the 60s? Who did then? Conservatives?

  11. Doug Little says

    Now I want to see Glenn Beck wearing full corpsepaint and shredding

    I don’t. That would destroy a whole genre of music for me.

  12. says

    Apparently Martin Luther King was not the same person as Janis Joplin, and he would have been horrified by Woodstock. And God was responsible for the civil rights movement and getting man on the moon, but the hippies have got the credit for it.

  13. angrymudcrab says

    You know, if Glenn Beck want to proceed with the Enlightenment, I’m cool with that. Oh wait, he is part of a movement to undo it. It wasn’t god that put a man on the moon, it was a host of scientists and engineers. People with skills Beck’s movement deems less valuable than a good understanding of Christian Theology. It is also good to note that the main reason we went to the moon was to one up those evil commies, aka people of darkness, who managed to be the first into space. Science flies you to the moon, religion flies you into buildings.

  14. angrymudcrab says

    @iangould 18:

    Not sure, but he might also be referring to the Paris Commune, since the Franco-Prussian war started in 1870, and after the collapse of the 2nd French Empire, the Parisians set up a Marxist/Anarchist commune, which was rather brutally put down by soldiers in service to the 3rd Republic. It was one of the first attempts at establishing a socialist/communist state.

  15. dingojack says

    Eight Movements of Darkness ago would be around 1776.
    OMG!!! The Founding Fathers were all fasco-commi-bildberg-masonic-trilateral-agenda 21 Lizardmen from the hollow of the planet, bent on unleashing darkness on the American continent.
    (No wonder the churches hated the Constitution so much).
    Dingo

  16. raven says

    Well there is movement of darkness.

    Amd Glenn Beck is part of it. The fundie death cults own the Dark side of our society.

    But it isn’t a wave. It’s always there and always trying to engulf us. The Manicheans might have had a point.

    And the Dark side occasionally wins. Via Toynbee, we know that there has never been a society or civilization (used in a loose colloquil sense) that ever lasted. They all fall sooner or later. I’m hoping our American one will hang together for my projected lifespan but it is going to be close.

  17. Draken says

    Ed, take it easy on the Glenn Beck postings. Each time I watch him I lose a couple of brain cells. It’s getting more and more difficult tying my shoes.

  18. dingojack says

    So all them evulll mooslims are lurking around the woods in Texas waiting for the Catholic bears to finish so they can have their ‘movement of darkness’* in peace, eh Glenn?
    Dingo
    ——-
    * cf Australianisms: ‘packing darkies’ – to be very afraid or apprehensive & ‘choking a darky’ – to defecate.

  19. Scr... Archivist says

    Sunday Afternoon @22,

    And since OMD had a song called “88 Seconds in Greensboro”, they’re obviously comsymps. Maybe Glenn is onto something….

  20. alwayscurious says

    Go to the moon?!? Preposterous! That’s the reason we defunded NASA: to discourage nonsense about space and rockets. If there’s any reason to go to the moon–or any other place off Earth for that matter–private enterprise will fully support it. Another tax break or two should do the trick.

  21. malefue says

    i like the “the light got sloppy” part. why did the light slow down so much, it allowd all the hippies and communists to take credit for the moon landings.
    he would be hilarious, if he wasn’t so serious about what he’s saying.

  22. Ichthyic says

    Glen Beck is just like Jesus.

    you see, Jesus’ handler, god, abandoned him just like Beck’s conservative handlers abandoned him.

    Beck now is wandering in the desert, whinging: “Why have you abandoned me, oh great conservative handlers!”

    …and thus you end up with a rant like this, where he decries the “light” for being “sloppy”.

    I’m totally not kidding. I would be money Beck actually does see himself this way.

  23. noe1951 says

    re: Grumpyoldfart@ #9

    Thanks a lot — now I keep hearing
    “Kill the wabbit, kill the wabbit…”

  24. dan4 says

    @10″…that includes Reagan’s October Surprise deal with Khomeni…”

    Left-wing conspiracy crap bullshit. A congressional committee looked at this in the early 90′s and found there was no such “deal.”

  25. space cadet says

    If there had been only a transcript available of that word salad I would have said that it had to be heavily edited to make Beck sound like a complete maroon. Luckily there’s unedited video for proof. Not so luckily, I know there’s thousands of people who saw that and nodded their heads in complete agreement, as if what he said made any kind of sense at all.

  26. Ichthyic says

    Beck is really just projecting here.

    that “cycle of darkness”?

    yeah, that’s the inevitable rise and fall of authoritarian fuckwits like himself.

    it’s Beck and HIS ilk that are the “darkness” that has be illuminated and dispelled, over and over and over again.

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