Former Clinton Administration Secretary of Labor Robert Reich now teaches public policy at Berkeley, in addition to working as a commentator for MSNBC, CNN, ABC, and NPR. In that stead, his opinions have a great influence on the American public and young students.
This morning, he used his public platform to spread hate and reinforce ignorant stereotypes about America’s rural residents.
On his Facebook page, Reich attacked Americans who live in rural areas as the source of the country’s problems. He characterized them as “regressives” out to restrict freedom against women and minorities. Reich’s commented:
Why is it that most progressives live in cities and on the coasts where there are major ports, while most regressives live in rural areas far removed from the nation’s major ports and cities? Historically, fascist movements have begun inland; liberal movements, around major seaports and cities. America’s regressives — trying to stop abortions, prevent gay marriages, keep their guns, hold back immigration, militarize the border, limit voting rights, prevent the teaching of evolution, deny climate change, tear down the wall between church and state, and cut safety nets — reflect the values and views of those who are cut off from the realities of the 21st century.
Not only are Reich’s comments a gross generalization, it’s largely incorrect. Fascist movements are usually based in large cities and involve government and military establishments. Hitler’s Third Reich (no relation, as far as we know) was formed in the halls of power in Berlin, by the most educated activists in the country who took elected positions. The documentary Nazi Collaborators is an excellent look at how facism drifts from the top down politically, from popular leaders down through the populace.
Nevertheless, Reich’s comments fit the popular liberal stereotype that ignorant country hicks are the base of America’s conservative Christian movement.
Reich’s comments failed to address the dark side of urban areas, where student literacy rates are much lower than rural areas. Detroit, one of the largest urban centers in the country, is a virtual wasteland, with large areas abandoned due to urban decay and crime. The condition of Detroit is so bad, there is even a plan to turn a large section of the city into a zombie apocalypse theme park, as it is already fit for the role.
Chicago, hometown of President Barack Obama, has turned into a war zone in recent years, with shooting deaths at all time highs, despite the strictest gun laws in the nation. So far, nearly 200 Chicago residents have been murdered by guns in 2013, with nearly 800 wounded.
Perhaps a more correct interpretation of Reich’s observations is that liberalism is concentrated around America’s urban universities, where left-wing professors dominate and foster an anti-conservative mentality.
Reich served as an advisor to President Obama in 2008.
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