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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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Is the Pope Muslim?

Is Ron Paul a socialist?

Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy. -Ron Paul 7/10/03

are bears Catholic??

...does the Pope sheet in the woods??

No, they're Presbyterian

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

jrd3820's picture

Presbyterian

I could have sworn they were Baptists....

Glen Beck is

schizophrenic.

*May the only ones to touch your junk, be the ones you want to touch your junk.*

No...

The rights to your own LIFE, Liberty, & Property --- Individual Rights --- mean zero to him on many subjects, especially when the subject of Israel comes up. He's a neocon who like all the others before him, loves Israel "above all else".

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No?

Can you provide a quote or URL (outside the Israel issue) where Beck has advocated in favor of a larger government since January 2010?

How about when he & Orally...

...bloviate together about how a VALUE ADDED TAX might be a "reasonable solution" to the National Debt??

Beck and O'Reilly in 2009

I agree that Beck and O'Reilly in 2009 did advocate for a VAT. I can't find any advocacy since then. I have seen plenty of advocacy for enforcing limits on government since then by Glenn Beck.

I don't unknowingly trust Beck any more than I unknowingly trust Fox News or the Obama administration. I do think that Glenn Beck is doing a lot more advocacy for limited government since he recognized that he in more in agreement with libertarians than disagreement.

In any case I thank you for your comment.

NOPE!

SCUM BAG and FAKE CRIER!

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Reason?

Can you point out a reason rather than name calling?

Because he is a liar and fake crier.

He is an opportunist seeking to enrich himself at the expense of a movement that he only pretends to believe in.

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I worry far more about what Glenn Beck is today than what

I worry far more about what Glenn Beck is today than what he may well have been in the past.

Human being do lie and engage in dramatics. I see far less dramatics from Glenn Beck in the last 2 years. How can you know that Glenn Beck doesn't believe what his words and actions indicate he believes in?

NOPE!

NOPE!
Shill, yes...

When Fascism goes to sleep, it checks under the bed for Ron Paul!

Sez so?

I hope that you could do better than I said so.

I thought

you would know by what he says...
Glenn Beck quote: "The truth has no agenda"
Yet has told many lies and half truths... And BTW, a half truth is not much different than a lie of omission.

When Fascism goes to sleep, it checks under the bed for Ron Paul!

Proof by say so

Can you identify one lie and one half truth?

Would it

matter?
Do your own research...

When Fascism goes to sleep, it checks under the bed for Ron Paul!

It's easy to tell!

If he quotes Rothbard and Mises then it's not a Koch operation.

If the state is Lord and father he's just another patriot (father lover).

The Patriot Act makes the State the Father and the Constitution a damned piece of paper. The Patriot Act is an act of treason as it pretends to overwrite the Constitution.

The Patriot Act is repugnant to the Constitution and is void from it's passage. I carries no authority to enforce.

Those that do enforce it are guilty of Treason.

Free includes debt-free!

Short Answer: No. Long

Short Answer: No.
Long Answer: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

Southern Agrarian

Can I have a substantive answer for 100 oz of gold (jk)?

"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?"

I'll give you a few in order of importance which make him bad.

1. He still calls himself a conservative. Can that be any more clear?

2. He's a proponent of pre-emptive war. He's really good at the political Us vs. You game, without going into the specifics of ideology or philosophy aside from pure fear-mongering.

3. He has bashed practically every member of the liberty movement in defense of leadership during an election, becoming transfixed on excuses to disqualify people. And then complains when libertarians don't rally.

4. He hasn't once spoken about the history of libertarianism, nor libertarian theory, he lip-serviced the Mises Institute once or twice but he knows to keep his distance or he will be "painted a radical" (influence from Michelle Bachmann).

5. He supports candidates without even going into their philosophy or the economic math behind their plans (if they even have any). I could even go so far as to say he's into politics at all and is thus unlibertarian, but I know everyone here is politically motivated, I know I am, I drastically want to reduce it. Glenn doesn't care all that much, as long as he gets the liberty money.

You want to see real a real libertarian, who doesn't back down from the hard truth? Tom Woods is a pure example. We need more Tom Woods in this world, not Glenn Beck.

G.B. is a

Cameleon.

On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.

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Is a tomato a vegetable?

A lot of people think so, but...

No.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

Reason?

"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?"

jrd3820's picture

Glen Beck calls himself whatever his bosses tell him to

I do not think he cares either way about being a libertarian or a neocon or a fill in the blank. He just does what is necessary for those paychecks.

That being said he does have a love affair with Israel.

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Glenn Beck owns his own company which means his customers are his boss.

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Ok

So, he gets paid from the customers right? I guess I was going along the lines of, if he can attract new customers (ie libertarians) he can have a bigger paycheck.

Either way though, I do not think he cares what he is. I have heard some reasonable libertarian like statements from him. I have heard some ridiculous war loving type statements from him also.

Would you say

If Glenn Beck becomes more successful than ever as a result of providing information that libertarians find useful that would imply that he is a sincere libertarian?

I don't think Glenn Beck would deny that he has engaged in some ridiculous behavior on TV and the radio. I have noticed far less of such behavior from 2010 till today.

Glenn Beck is what he is. He believes in what he believes in. The fact that we are discussing the issue on DailyPaul.com and not DailyGlenn.com indicates that Glenn is only a fellow human being with some favorable assets and some unfavorable assets.

In any case thank you for your comment as I found it useful in understanding those who have a more critical take on Mr. Beck than I.

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Hmmm

I think that it would be hard for him to become overly successful in the world of libertarianism because.... well.... we don't forget, and we do not seem to forgive either. I mean, there is a group of people here who will never even give Rand Paul the time of day because of his past actions. That is their call, but I think we set the bar too high sometimes and expect everyone to be Judge Napolitano or Ron Paul himself.

However, if Glenn Beck were to find success this way, I suppose some would be able to call him a sincere libertarian. I stopped trying to label people a while ago anyways.

In some of the social circles I associate in I am considered a ruthless anarchist capitalist. Then compare me to some people here and I am a socialist lol!

I do think it does not matter and we should not care who uses what label to identify themselves. I do not look at Obama and see "democrat" and then look at Romney and see "republican," I look at them both and see "career politician looking out for himself and his lobbyist."

Currently I look at Glenn Beck and see "entertainer," no more no less.