Sean Hannity has risen up against Tucker Carlson to offer a brave defense of Amazon.com and Jeff Bezos.
Tucker signs off the show every day by handing it over to Sean Hannity, and during the sign-off on Tuesday, Sean decided it was time to slap Tucker around a little bit for his insolence in opposing capitalism.
The Daily Caller, Tucker’s own publication (which he has now sold his shares in) caught the clips, and the clip that Sean took issue with, and posted them on Twitter.
Here was Tucker’s segment on Jeff Bezos that proceeded this exchange
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 22, 2020
Sean said, “people can make money. They provide goods and services that people want, need and desire, that’s America. It’s called “freedom-capitalism.” Ahhh and as long as it’s honest, right? People decide. Alright, Tucker, great show.”
Tucker had just done a segment criticizing Jeff Bezos for making $13 billion in one day during the pandemic. (You can watch that segment also in the tweet above.)
The thing that is happening here is that Sean Hannity is ideological, so he has an agenda to always defend businesspeople no matter how destructive and evil they are.
The difference between Tucker and Sean is notable in that it is the pure difference between ideological and not ideological. Tucker is concerned about the practical and real world effects of behaviors and actions, whereas Sean believes that we can create a utopia by following specific rules.
We could of course break down why it is stupid to believe that Amazon should be treated the same as a small business, but that is something that I think the reader understands, and it is more interesting to talk about the concept of ideology itself, which leads to the idiotic belief that there is no real difference between Amazon and a mom and pop book store.
What we can all notice is that Tucker is much smarter than Sean. That is consistent with this difference in orientation. Ideology is always something promoted by relatively stupid people, because they do not like to think about complexity. They do not like to imagine that because things change, and because different people have different agendas, that different actions have different outcomes, that we must consider a complex array of factors in deciding what is best for the people, what is best for the country.
Sean Hannity would no doubt say that if we regulated massive monopoly businesses like Amazon, that would mean that we would also have to regulate small businesses, because we have to have extreme rules that can be applied to every situation in exactly the same way. A lack of regulation benefits small businesses, so that means we must not regulate massive monopoly corporations. Of course, if the massive monopolies destroy all the small businesses, that’s unfortunate, but if we just keep following the ideology, eventually it will all work itself out somehow. Anyone who thinks it’s more complicated than this must be a socialist.
Of course, the right didn’t always think this way. The reason that the right didn’t always think this way is that the people who were in charge of the right were more intelligent. They could say: “yes, of course small businesses are good, but a multi-billion dollar monopoly that crushes all small businesses is not the same thing as a small business and the government has to treat it differently in terms of regulation.”
On the other side of the ideological spectrum, you have people who recognize that monopolies need to be regulated, but then say that also, small businesses should be forced to pay huge taxes, engage in carbon-trading and provide free abortions to employees.
The only people who are going to be able to actually manage a system are people who reject the concept of ideology completely, and say that decisions must be made based on what is best for the people and the society. These people are rare, because ideology has largely taken over our society. Even fringe groups talk about, “oh no – it is our ideology that will save the day.”
Probably, the reason that ideology is now king of discourse is that the society has become so complex that people feel they need to retreat from dealing with reality into a realm of absolute ideas. There is a safety there in the ideas, where they can believe that they are able to manage the complexity of modern society simply through ensuring that everything fits into a neat box.
I often point out that the modern concept of ideology was invented by Karl Marx, and that any form of ideology, being necessarily utopian, is a variation of Marxism. Marxism was the first utopian political philosophy, and all of these things that have come after, including modern American conservatism, have followed Marxism in that followers are on a quest for utopia through the perfect application of a perfect system of ideas.
What is incredible is that Sean Hannity would no doubt say, “my ideology is freedom,” even though this is such an obvious oxymoron. Freedom cannot be an ideology, as an ideology is necessarily opposed to freedom, in that it requires slavish service to a system of ideas.
Aside from the nature of the disagreement between Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, and the fact that this must have been a long-running frustration for Sean as he watched Tucker present violations of the agreed-upon ideology of the conservative movement over the years, is the rudeness of what he did. If Sean wanted to present an argument against Tucker, he should have asked Tucker to leave time at the end of the show for a back and forth. What he did was shove it in when Tucker was going off air, so Tucker had no chance to respond. This was incredibly inappropriate.
Apparently, Sean quickly heard about how inappropriate people believed it was, because within 20 minutes of going off air on Tuesday night, he had posted a tweet saying he didn’t do what you thought he did.
I was reiterating Tucker’s point on NOT being versus capitalism. I was in the chair one minute before airtime and I was specifically responding to the end of Tucker’s interview when he said he supported honest capitalism, I had not heard any of the other part of the interview.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) July 22, 2020
Sean played it off like he was actually agreeing, though I don’t think anyone who watched that clip could get that impression. Sean was defending Amazon and Jeff Bezos, because he is an ideological believer in a totally unregulated market, and believes that monopoly corporations abusing the population is something that can be fixed through more deregulation.
It is also notable that Tucker has been beating Sean’s ratings since April. Tucker is now the most popular cable news show on television, and in fact, the most popular cable news show in all of history. So that could potentially factor into what is going on here. Sean not only disagrees with Tucker, but now, even though Sean has the better time spot, the people are making it clear that they agree with Tucker over him.
I think this feud has been boiling for a while, and I think it could easily be exploited in the quest to get Tucker off the air. We shall see how it unfolds, and we will keep you updated on any further escalation.