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    sidnora, mozartssister

    is an interesting phenomenon. I agree with cynndara that the reason talk radio takes the direction it does is that its audience is ready to hear it. I think the reason it is taking the direction you describe is that the 1% would rather have the peons shooting each other than coming after their money. If there is any coverage of the offshore banking scandal on right wing radio, I would be greatly surprised.
    In the 1930s, people like Huey Long and Pappy O'Daniel (yes, he was a real person, but in Texas, not Mississippi) used radio to promote their populist political ambitions, the difference being that their arguments were slanted as a struggle between ordinary people and the elite. FDR put through the New Deal, partially out of fear of Populists like Long.
    In the years since, the elite has become much smarter, and hires their own blowhards to appeal to mass audiences. Populism now is much more about individual strength and less about solidarity.  Firearms and anti-government rhetoric is very much a part of how the elite fragments the population. They don't want any kind of New Deal arising out of the current fiscal crisis.

    You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones

    by northsylvania on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 04:24:58 AM PDT

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