The Wall Street Journal Remembers Woodstock
Thomas Frank is a miserably third-rate and supposedly leftist culture-critic who sold his sorry butt to the Wall Street Journal in 2008, and his most recent production for that right-wing rag is a ludicrous editorial about the Woodstock Festival in 1969, on the 40th annversary of that event.
On the way to concluding that everything about the counter-culture was "commercial" from the very beginning, Mr. Frank conveniently forgets one salient aspect of the Sixties which wasn’t exclusively commercial…
The war in Vietnam.
As far as the cross-eyed culture-critic Thomas Frank can see, the war in Vietnam had no connection whatsoever with the counter-culture of the Sixties.
According to Mr. Frank, the culture-wars were all about conformity, and conformity is "an easy problem to solve."
"It merely requires that new and more authentic products appear all the time and that old products to be showered with scorn, cultural operations that consumer society performs incredibly well," and the next time a writer for the mainstream media complains about snark on the internet, it would probably be worthwhile to contrast all that internet snark with Mr. Frank’s ungrammatical disaster of a sentence, which isn’t snark.
"If the problem is a lack of respect for creativity," Thomas Frank continues, "management theorists stand ready to plaster our cubicles with posters hailing entrepreneurship and risk-taking."
And that was what the Woodstock Festival in 1969 and the rest of the counter-culture was all about, for Thomas Frank and the Wall Street Journal.
But the problem wasn’t "a lack of respect for creativity," Thomas Frank, you pathetic and freakishly inane whore and scribbler.
The problem was a meaningless war that your goddamned friends in the Pentagon lied us into, and 58,000 American soldiers died in that war, along with 2,000,000 civilians in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.
Thomas Frank’s cheap and oblivious cynicism doesn’t really fit Woodstock or the relatively uncommercialized war in Vietnam, but he was only pretending to be a historian for 15 minutes, and instead of describing anything about the Sixties, his natural calling as a shill for the Pentagon and weapons conglomerates irresistibly expressed itself in a nauseating celebration of the almost entirely commercial war we are waging today, where video "soldiers" in Langley, Virginia kill classified numbers of anything that moves in Aghanistan and Pakistan, with bombs loaded onto distant drones by Blackwater’s well-paid thugs.