On Wednesday June 21 Jon Stewart did a segment on the recent Greek riots over the attempted destruction of the social welfare system they are enduring. In doing so he basically called for the people of Greece to stop protesting and accept the destruction of the living standard victories they fought for.
He did it by passing it off this pro-fascist stance as a “middle ground” compromise. He claimed there were two extremes in this case, that of a so-called excessive welfare programs and an excessive use of violence in defending these programs. He called for a “balance” of these two extremes. Except how do you balance two extremes that are not opposite to each other? You can balance black and white into grey, you can balance sink and swim into neutral buoyancy. How do you balance two things that are not opposites?
This is the jist of what he said, I was unable to find a transcript:
“You need to be less Spartan Warrior and stop throwing rocks and yogurt at police. You also need to be less hedonistic by retiring at 53 at 80% of pay. You need to strike a balance between these too.”
You cannot balance these two things against each other like he is suggesting. They are not opposites, one creates the other. The “Spartan Warrior” actions create the benefits of the “hedonistic” life style.
I’m sure what Jon Stewart is saying is that the people of Greece need to be making less of a demand and using less violence to enforce that demand. However what he’s really saying is ask for less and shut up. Stop doing anything to achieve those demands. Essentially Jon Stewart is simply being reactionary against the people, telling them to just accept cuts to their standard of living as the ruling classes want them too.
Jon Stewart is pretty reactionary sometimes.