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Is Glenn Beck a libertarian?

I know he calls himself one, but almost every libertarian I know say he's really not. I never watch or listen to him so I don't know. Question to any of you who would say he's not... what are the main reasons or reason you claim he's not a true libertarian?

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just an A-hole

Is Obama?


"Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it." -- Joseph Goebbels


He is an opportunist that sees a shift towards libertarians in the political landscape and simply wants to make money on it. That is the essence of his libertarianism.

putting lipstick on a pig comes to mind...

just saying

Here ya go, in less than 3

Here ya go, in less than 3 minutes you will have undeniable proof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7rfWUb4whU

In fact, you're going to really hate him after watching when you find out what he's said about Ron Paul and his supporters.

He's a puppet

And the corporate media which pulls his strings isn't libertarian. Who knows what Beck is in his private life. On camera, he's all over the place...one minute he loved Ron Paul, the next he said RP was a kook and all his supporters were terrorists who needed to be arrested. Media personalities aren't real. You might as well get "news" from a talking Ken doll as these MSM clowns.

how is someone in favor

of wars of aggression compliant to the NAP?

"The two weakest arguments for any issue on the House floor are moral and constitutional"
Ron Paul

Because I learned what Liberty is

from Ron Paul, Rothbard, Woods, Rockwell and Jefferson.

Specifics? Support for foreign aid, bail outs, military adventurism, war on terror, romney, patriot act. His undying allegiance to israel and demonizing of Muslims and Palestinians. The way he propagates lies and marginalizes people that smoke marijuana while pretending to support legalization.

I've never heard anything but the most begrudging lip service to the principles of libertarianism come from his mouth.

But I dislike him most because he's a fool. I mean that as an observation. I don't have respect for people that speak or act like him.

I know everyone's concerned about "controlled opposition" but I feel it's 100% warranted in his case.

Jones did a good job: http://youtu.be/t3hDdvsCI24

The answer is absolutely not.

He does not adhere to the Non-Aggression Principle, nor do I believe he's ever heard of it.

He couldn't even be labeled a paleoconservative, let alone a libertarian.

He is still subscribes to mainly neoconservative beliefs.

Check out the Laissez-Faire Journal at LFJournal.com

"The State is a gang of thieves writ large." - Murray Rothbard

This is the BEST comment as of.....NOW!

Do libertarian ideas and Libertarian candidates receive a fairer shake by Glenn Beck’s news organization compared to CBS, CNN, ABC, NBC or Fox?

Does Glenn Beck agree 100% with me or Ron Paul or Gary Johnson? No he doesn't. Does that make him an un-libertarian?

I have my own answers to these questions. Other libertarians may have answers that differ from mine.

As I and Eric Cartman and Glenn Beck have said “I am just asking questions”.


Does Google.com have the answer?


I don’t think that the answer that Google.com offers today is particularly favorable.

Will that answer change for the better a year from now?

I don’t know. I am just asking questions.

If you want a really mathematical answer to the question {I know you do.} ask Wolfram Alpha.


Don't blame me if you don't like the answer. I am just asking questions.

I might however speculate that if one were to ask the Magic Eight Ball "Is Glenn Beck is becoming more libertarian every day?" that the answer I would receive would be “Ask again later”.

Your mileage may vary.

Now read J. Neil Schulman's awesome June 2010 article..

"Am I a libertarian? Is Glenn Beck? Nick Gillespie? Was Ayn Rand or Robert Heinlein? Are you?"


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I see what you are getting at

Here are my thoughts. I do not really care who calls themselves a libertarian or not. I know what I am, I know what I believe in, and I know what I support.

I think Ayn Rand was a libertarian, there are many here who do not. Hell, there are whole threads about how she was not.

No skin off my back. Glenn Beck will be Glenn Beck, Ron Paul will be Ron Paul, and I will be me.


What part of Libertaria is he all from?

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

Being a warmonger...

...and libertarian are mutually exclusive.

founders x 50 times in religious zeal

and mannerism 100 times worse, would be glenn beck

but he actually refers to himself as a libertarian the way he thinks the founders were


you aren't what comes out of your mouth.

glen beck: "blah blah blah blah blah blah"

(still looks like glenn beck)

glen beck: "blah blah blah blah blah blah"

(is he libertarian yet?)

glen beck "blah blah blah blah blah blah"

(how about now? ...nope)

If you think you are what you say, and not what you do, then politicians are the bravest, hardest working people, to bring goodness and blessing to all of mankind.


"Question to any of you who would say he's not... what are the main reasons or reason you claim he's not a true libertarian?"

Glenn Beck will lie about anything

for any reason. Watch this segment of The View, he's a teenager getting attention...



Glen Beck direct quote: "So let`s get this straight: I am against the legalization of marijuana... "

All libertarians favor legalization of pot, else they're not libertarians.

'Cause there's a monster on the loose

I wonder what his current answer is?

"“So let`s get this straight: I am against the legalization of marijuana … However, there are cases when marijuana makes sense, like in medicine. There are a host of serious diseases when smoking pot is the best and sometimes the only relief for pain and suffering. There are plenty of people who abuse all sorts of prescription drugs, but law-abiding citizens can still have access if they need them. So, when I read about the Drug Enforcement Agency, the DEA, raiding ten medical marijuana clinics in California last week, totally legal businesses. I have to agree with the critics that call this case, and the DEA, bullies.”— Glenn Beck, August 3, 2007"


Not a Libertarian

Why? Reason:

1. Endorsed Rick Santorum for President of the US
2. Endorsed Michele Bachman for President of Us
3. Endorsed Rick Santorum for President......
4. Endorsed Rick Santorum for President.....

Endorsed Rick Santorum for President eh?

February 23, 2012

Did this post really deserve

Did this post really deserve to be downvoted?

To answer your question: I would say he is vaguely libertarian, but carries a lot of baggage. Some of that baggage is outright lunacy that has nothing to do with political beliefs. One example of many: calling out Obama for studying Russian during the Cold War.

Glenn Beck is a Pseudo-Libertarian Statist,

who puts his anti-Christian Zionist beliefs ahead of his own countries well being. This move is just another Koch brother devised scheme to misdirect those who are leaning towards the Liberty movement, who will look to Libertarian news sites for their news. Never, I mean never trust this guy, who is if anything, a borderline skitsofrantic at best. A good name for his site would be, 'The Goebells Libertarian News Network', because he is the master of the 'bait and switch' misdirection scheme.

Is Stephen Colbert a journalist?

No, Glenn Beck is a poser. This became clearly evident during his last days at CNN, when he dismissed Ron Paul as a nut.

Beck may actually believe intellectually, or want to believe, some of things he says, but I don't trust him. Hypocrite, tool, actor, and poser are better descriptions from what I've heard.

Big Daddy Sam


"what are the main reasons or reason you claim he's not a true libertarian?"

So Glenn Beck isn't a libertarian because he called Ron Paul a name in 2008?

Glenn Beck isn't a libertarian because other people claim he is a "Hypocrite, tool, actor, and poser" "from what I've heard" eh?

Your assertions are weak.

Can you

show me any proof that Beck adheres to the non-aggression principle and/or advocates a society based on that?


While I have no beef with folks who define a libertarian to be a person who upholds NAP neither do I think that definition is the be all end all definition.

The US LP defines a libertarian to be:

A person who upholds the principles of individual liberty especially of thought and action.


I think that Glenn Beck is a pro-freedom person and on 8/10 political realm positions I agree with his positions. I agree with Glenn Beck far more than I disagree with Glenn Beck.

Thank you and have a good day.

I think that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is just a bit easier to accomplish with Glenn Beck than without. Your mileage may differ.


...he has regularly espoused views (especially in regard to foreign policy and the "war on terror") over the years which are anathema to libertarianism. You could debate whether he's sincere or a shill...but he's definitely not a libertarian.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."


You might have a point on foreign policy but can you provide a recent indication or quote where Glenn Beck has taken a pro-government position on war on terror methods?

He supported the PATRIOT Act


The video touches on his support for the PATRIOT Act and the WoT in general, his support for the bailouts, as well as his frequent attacks on Ron Paul. This is all a couple years old, and I have no idea what he's been saying recently, but somehow I doubt he's changed.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."