Saturday, 27 October 2007

New Left Hipster

Everybody's doing it, and I'm not even American, but ...

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My Liberal Identity:

You are a New Left Hipster, also known as a liberal, a Netroots activist, or a Daily Show fanatic. You believe that if we really want to defend American values, conservatives must be exposed, mocked, and assailed for every fanatical, puritanical, warmongering, Constitution-shredding ideal for which they stand.

I think the Daily Show thing is the most European characteristic of the evaluation. That kind of approach to politics has a veeery long history here, while in the US it's not been so much of a thing. Stewart is the latest in a long line going back to the pamphleteers, Addison and Steele, Swift, Hogarth, Pope etc. I take it as a sign of political maturity. America's desire to cohere as a nation has prevented it in the past from laughing at itself. Colbert standing for President, meanwhile, is a re-run of Coluche in the French presidentials of 1981 (qv). Nothing new under the sun.

h/t UV from JJ