Glenn Beck gives a thumbs-up to pro-Nazi witch-hunter

Glenn Beck is now touting The Red Network: A “Who’s Who” and Handbook of Radicalism for Patriots, self-published by Elizabeth Dilling in 1934. As Eric Hananoki reports here, Dilling was a rabid anti-Semite and pro-Nazi propagandist, who started agitating for Hitler’s Germany in 1939, along with a network of other US fascists such as Father Charles Coughlin and Rev. Gerald L.K. Smith. Today, Dilling is revered by types like David Duke, who learned much from The Plot Against Christianity (1964), which later was retitled The Jewish Religion: Its Influence Today.

Beck might argue (and maybe has) that his fierce admiration for The Red Network does not extend to Dilling’s doings from 1939, when she went off the deep end. But Dilling was a strident nut to start with–as The Red Network makes entirely clear. As its subtitle suggests, the book is, in large part, a faux-Who’s-Who of socialist/communist/anarchist “radicals,” who were, she thought, intent on Bolshevizing the whole world (since, in her mind, socialists and anarchists were, of course, all Bolsheviks).

So who were those demonic radicals? Well, their numbers included Jane Addams, Albert Einstein, Ghandi, Reinhold Niebuhr, Lewis Mumford, Sigmund Freud, Robert La Follette, John Dewey, Sen. William Borah and Mrs. J. Malcolm Forbes, among many scores of others, as well as the ACLU and the YWCA (for “advocating mixture of colored and whites in social affairs and swimming pools,” and “suggesting” Capital and other Bad Books for its libraries).

Such is the book that Glenn Beck recommends, as one whose author was “doing what we’re doing now. We now are documenting who all of these people are. Well, there were Americans in the first fifty years [sic] of this nation that took this seriously, and they documented it.”

So it’s okay for Beck to recommend the crackpot work of a pro-Nazi traitor–and to proclaim it as a fine example of the sort of thing he’s doing now? Apparently it is, as there’s no outcry (or none that anyone can hear) from, say, the ADL, or Alan Dershowitz, or any of those others who don’t seem to mind anti-semitic lunacy, as long as it’s not anti-Israel.

In any case, Beck’s wild embrace of Dilling’s fantasy, and the permissive silence (so far) of the Establishment, is yet one more example of the latter’s tolerance for conspiracy theories from the ultra-right, while pooh-poohing, or decrying, those who dare look into real subversion, real conspiracies, real networks of the powerful.


Glenn Beck’s new book club pick: Nazi sympathizer who praised Hitler and denounced the Allies
June 04, 2010 5:21 pm ET – by Eric Hananoki

On his radio show today, Glenn Beck heralded and promoted the work of Nazi sympathizer Elizabeth Dilling, who spoke at rallies hosted by the leading American Nazi group and praised Hitler. Today, Dilling is heralded by White Supremacists and White Aryans who revere her “fearless” work against Jewish people.

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