Michael Savage Diagnoses America

Right-wing talk radio is a medium in which thoughtfulness is practically forbidden. Whatever the issue, you can be sure that you will hear only the most simpleminded analysis of it, preferably one that provokes the most unjustified fear. Thus Michael Savage diagnoses what’s wrong with America:

We have two opposing forces fighting in the world right now,” Savage told his listeners this week.

“Muslim fanatics,” he explained, have simply filled the vacuum left by the progressives who have decimated society: “They destroyed the church, and then Satan entered the soul of the West.”

“What do we even stand for?” Savage wondered. “Sleeping with 15 people then doing an herbal ‘cleanse’ in the morning? Everyone’s into ‘detoxing’ now because they know their souls are polluted.”

What is disturbing is not so much that there are people who offer such a cartoonish understanding of the world but that there is a vast audience with a seemingly endless appetite for it. Psychological studies show that this one of the key differences between conservatives and liberals, that conservatives tend to yearn for the simplest, most black-and-white explanations and react negatively to more nuanced and thoughtful ones.

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  • peterh

    Beginning with the fallacy of the excluded middle, Savage then bounces off every other fallacy in his path like an adolescent on a sugar high.

  • dugglebogey

    Sleeping with 15 people then doing an herbal ‘cleanse’ in the morning

    Isn’t it the christians that say you can commit all the sins you want, but if you confess and repent (and also pay your tithe) you are totally forgiven?

  • colnago80

    The trouble with America is that fucking assholes like Weiner, Limbaugh, Beck, etc. can go on the air and makes tons of money from the sheeple by spewing nonsense. Schmuckess Americaness at it’s worst.

  • Larry

    and then Satan entered the soul of the West.

    I thought Frodo Baggins ended all that nonsense. Damn Hobbits!

  • Pierce R. Butler

    “Sleeping with 15 people then doing an herbal ‘cleanse’ in the morning? Everyone’s into ‘detoxing’ now because they know their souls are polluted.”

    Morning? What is this “morning” of which you speak?

    The herbal detox is all well and good, but doing all that laundry is a real killer!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    …conservatives tend to yearn for the simplest, most black-and-white explanations and react negatively to more nuanced and thoughtful ones.

    WE DO NOT AND YOUR ONLY SAYING THAT BECAUSE YOU WANT TO DESTROY AMERICA!!!

  • bushrat

    My diagnosis of what’s wrong with America. It’s food poisoning, probably caused by swallowing too much bullshit fed to it by right wing pundits and conspiracy crackpots like Savage.

  • Sastra

    I’m not sure this is simple. It seems much too confused for that. He’s lumping Muslim fanatics in with New Agers (?) and Satan (!) What? I’m trying to follow the story line here.

    Christians slowly became New Agers and the lack of fundamentalist conviction left a deep, deep need in America and therefore the New Agers are now converting to radical Islam. While Satan gives everyone an enema.

    No, wait. That can’t be it. I think.

  • busterggi

    The one good thing about Savage is that if you listen for more than five minutes you will hear him contradict himself completely. His fans never notice nor does he.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    I’m not sure this is simple. It seems much too confused for that. He’s lumping Muslim fanatics in with New Agers (?) and Satan (!) What? I’m trying to follow the story line here.

    It is indeed simple. Everyone they hate is allied together against them. Any contradictions between what these groups believe, or their history of opposing each other, are deliberately ignored because that would mess up the easy and simple story of Us vs. Them.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    “What do we even stand for?” Savage wondered. “Sleeping with 15 people then doing an herbal ‘cleanse’ in the morning? Everyone’s into ‘detoxing’ now because they know their souls are polluted.”

    I’m sure the irony was lost on every single one of his listeners, but prior to his success as a hate-radio jock calling himself “Savage”, Michael Weiner was a hippie peddler of traditional herbal remedies. He even has a PhD in ethnobotany (or something) and claims to have hung out with Alan Ginsberg and Timothy Leary. I’m sure he knows all about herbal enemas.