Mangan has a post on Auster loving Jon “Stewart”-
Here’s my comment there-
“Jews have two ways of reprimanding Gentiles- scolding and mocking. Auster is a classic example of a Jewish scold. Frum is a good one, and I’m sure you can all think of many others.
“Stewart” on the other hand is the ultimate Jewish mocker. Jewish mockery is not only practiced by Jews, it was picked up by Gentiles in the 60’s and now forms a substantial part of our popular culture. Those old enough to remember the 60’s sketch comedy shows “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” and “Laugh In” are familiar with early examples.
Auster’s heart is with the Jews, whatever their politics, and so the affinity for Stewart.”
Ridicule is a very powerful social weapon. If you’re weak but verbally adept, it’s probably your best choice. But the target has to be weak also, or he’ll just kick your ass. It’s best used by one weak person to improve their status vice another weak person; you’ll see this everywhere from schoolyards on up.
Thus the idea that comedy is a way of attacking the powerful is not exactly ridiculous, it’s just a lie. People rightly fear being ridiculed. But if you don’t want the social humiliation, you have to refuse the ridicule, which if it does not lead to a fight, will at least lead to an ugly confrontation.
People against the system need to start refusing the ridicule. The first thing the joker always says is “I’m just joking, what’s wrong with you, don’t you have any sense of humor?” To which the answer is, “No, I don’t think that’s funny. Shut up.”