Ploughshares has entered the culture wars! In the middle of an attack on people warning that the flooding of Japan’s nuclear plant might be a serious concern, Glenn Beck takes on the Ploughshares Fund, a nuclear disarmament group, and what should pop up but an image of our humble magazine, now an honorary member of the radical left.
Watch the video here: http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201103140040
Apparently we are funded by billionaire George Soros – that check has yet to arrive, unfortunately – and work to spread nuclear paranoia through Emerging Fiction Writers contests and poetry readings.
Beck appears to know his Bible very well, but not much literature that has been written since then. The reference to Isaiah points to the Old Testament, and specifically to Isaiah 2:4. Here is the relevant quote, which I find very beautiful:
“And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people; and they shall beattheir swords into plowshares, and the spears into pruninghooks; nation shall not lift up swordagainst nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
This is almost certainly where the nuclear disarmament group got its name. Ours, unfortunately, comes from a more profane source: the Cambridge bar The Plough & Stars, where the magazine was founded.
The bar, however, gets its name from Sean O’Casey’s play The Plough and the Stars, which might very well be referring to the Biblical passage. So perhaps, in a strange way, we are guilty as charged?
Well, not really, but there are certainly worse things than being worried about radiationpoisoning. And to quote William Blake, an author who is probably unknown to Glenn Beck, “Listen to the fool’s reproach! it is a kingly title.”