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Colbert: Mideast Goes ?Democrazy?

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Posted on Jul 27, 2006
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Linguists beware; Stephen Colbert has invented a new word: “democrazy.”  As the host explains, ?there was a time when I thought the key to Middle East peace was representative government, but then democracy gives us a prime minister who sides with Hezbollah, an Iranian president who wants to go nuclear, and a Palestinian government controlled by Hamas.  So, now, I?m thinking maybe we did the wrong thing.?

Only time will tell if “democrazy” finds the same zeitgeist appeal as Colbert?s “truthiness.”  The word certainly has a similar utility in making sense of the Bush-era world, where democracy is meant to deliver peace, yet so often backfires.  What is one to do when free elections produce explosions?  Colbert looks to the White House for guidance:

?President Bush has made it clear that the best way out of a crisis is strong unquestioned leadership,? he says, as the text onscreen reads, ?also, best way ?into? a crisis.?

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By Grant Barrett, August 1, 2006 at 4:06 am Link to this comment
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Colbert didn’t invent or coin the word. According to a 1989 Los Angeles Times article, “Democrazy…was used in 1946 at the Japanese War Trials by Shumei Okawa, a former propaganda minister of Japan.”

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By Jesse, August 1, 2006 at 12:37 am Link to this comment
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Spinoza750
“dishonest and disgusting and racist some liberals are”

Examples please, then if you have any, compare them to Michael Savage, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly and countless others who fill the airwaves and the press

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By Spinoza750, July 30, 2006 at 5:47 pm Link to this comment
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>>>You do realize that The Colbert Report is a *parody* of right-wing pundit shows, yes?

Certainly,—-so I could be wrong, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

There is a tendency for “liberals” to be right wing on some foreign policy issues and that was the “tone” that I detected in this case. 

Comedy and ideology are sometimes in the eye of the beholder.

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By Russian Racehorse, July 29, 2006 at 6:01 am Link to this comment
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Uh, Spinoza…You do realize that The Colbert Report is a *parody* of right-wing pundit shows, yes?

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By Spinoza750, July 29, 2006 at 1:18 am Link to this comment
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It is truly amazing how dishonest and disgusting and racist some liberals are. Colbert just gave a full court press. Arabs don’t think like right wing (liberal) Americans so they must be crazy and democracy is a bad thing. It is truly hard to understand how this lack of empathy developed on the part of so called educated people.


May I suggest a history lesson?

The anti-colonial liberation movement was based on Arab Socialism and Pan Arabism. (1950 – 1970’s) The socialism represented all sorts of views but the USA in anti-Communist mode used the CIA to attack all left modernizing movements and with their friends in Saudi Arabia supported and very well funded, Islamist movements. The CIA was literally killing leftists and paying for the printing of Korans. Communism in the anti Colonial struggle was a form of Nationalism. Islamism today has been turned into a form of Nationalism.

I would have much preferred Communism to Islamism as the zeitgist of the region. It should be also mentioned in passing that the Israeli government as it moved to the right and became a neo fascist militarist state also tended to support Islamists against the leftists such as the PLO.  History has turned a “cruel” joke on the Jews. They wanted tho control a Greater Israel and it doesn’t look like it is working. The Islamists have turned into a form of Nationalism which Israelimerikkka calls terrorists.

Be that as it may, the nationalist movement is cast in somewhat fundamentalist tones. DEAL WITH IT!  It was Israelimerikkka that created this ideology.  Hamas and Hezbollah are people, reasonable people as much as any other, negotiate with them.  Stop acting like racist fools.

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By jmkoch, July 28, 2006 at 8:40 am Link to this comment
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Oh, I misread the headline to read “Midwest goes democrazy.”  That might be closer to the clinical reality: voters, fearing an onslaught of Ay-rabs, elect a government that sends troops to Iraq to avenge 9/11, follows a “borrow and spend” fiscal policy, promotes reliance on foreign oil, and sends real wages to the cellar with imports of Chinese goods and Mexican labor.

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By DB Ferguson, July 27, 2006 at 8:18 am Link to this comment
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You totally followed one of the rules in Stephen Colbert’s article for “Wired” called “Be an expert in everything”.  He said:

USE THE WORD ZEITGEIST AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE. Ideally, you want to find words that sound familiar but people don’t really know their definitions: zeitgeist, bildungsroman, doppelgänger – better yet, anything Latin. But avoid paradigm. It’s so 1994. If you say the word paradigm, everybody knows you’re a poser.

Here’s a link to that article, which is amazingly funny and features some really bizarre pics of Stephen Colbert looking very Max Headroom-esque:

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.08/colbert.html

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