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EPJ: Why Glenn Beck Should Shut Down His Television Show

by Robert Wenzel | Economic Policy Journal | March 3, 2013

Jack Hunter recently appeared with Glenn Beck on a Beck television set, as part of a panel discussion (see the clip below). For the audiences viewing pleasure in the background of the set (see the 3:50 mark) was a huge, softly lit poster of the monster Abraham Lincoln (paging Thomas DiLorenzo)

That was far from the only low spot. Beck has been pretending of late that he is either A. a libertarian or B. trying to understand libertarianism. The show started with a discussion about the legalization of street drugs. Beck's addition to the discussion can only be described as a train wreck.

Beck created a bizarre straw man. With a little help from another guest on the show, Zak Slayback, Beck argued that if street drugs were legalized, the access to the drugs would cause many more to become homeless, and thus become a drain on the rest of us.

Here are the problems with Beck framing the argument this way.


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Good point about the Drug war

Beck's stance on that sends up red flags for me.

I am

Really tired of Beck and feel back stabbed when he went against Ron Paul and called us terrorists. He actually was a big reason how I woke up. I watched his show on Fox with his Chalk Board and he was nailing it at times. Especially with George Soros and his Minions. But when he started liking Santorum & then Romney, and telling me even a frog can defeat Obama. I started to figure out he was so full of him self. I live in New Jersey and almost every person told me they were voting for Obama. So I knew how unaware he was on how popular Obama really was and how un-popular Romney was. I kept saying to my self "How in the world could a man Praise the Constitution but hate Ron Paul so much". My Mothers second husband actually knows him personally and goes out to dinner with him and his wife. I told him to ask him why is he back stabbing the Liberty Movement 2 months before the Convention. My Moms Second Husband replied to me weeks later telling me we have to back up Romney. It is our only chance. Ron Paul is unelectable and he is sorry for that. I just shook my head in disgust and told my moms that I will not be voting for Romney. I saw the corruption with my own eyes.

This shouldn't be that much of a controversy,

libertarians definitely do need to learn how to reach out and find allies. It is counter productive for us to degrade, belittle, and dismiss every potential ally on certain issues simply b/c they are not libertarian on every issue. On the other hand, Beck is NOT a libertarian and he should not be calling himself one. He does not represent our ideology very well. But if he wants us to accept him, he can and should provide libertarians with a platform on the blaze and we should use it. It would be damn decent of him to do so, but he should not try to interfere or insert his ideologies into ours. If he does the former, we would owe him thanks and he might just learn something to boot. If, however, he continues to call himself a libertarian and/or misrepresents our ideology, then we can rip him to shreds on his own show.

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Anyone that allows that

Anyone that allows that sleeze-bag Beck to slither in behind us for another stab in the back is clearly a glutton for punishment.

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Beck isn't a libertarian, and

Beck isn't a libertarian, and never was. Most libertarians are too smart to be deceived by Beck, so his plan to co-opt the liberty movement will fail.

c'mon people, don't be the battered wife

"He won't do it again, He is starting to see things our way. This time he means it." All Glenn Beck is doing is corrupting the libertarian message.

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Glenn Beck should be on the air

I think he's competing with Faux News--hilarious! I'd rather watch The Blaze than the bed-wetters at Fox. I got tired of watching Sean Hannity give his "guests" a public spanking all the time.

And O'Reilly is such a useful-idiot for the gun-control lobby--he thinks a universal gun registration would be fine.

No. Fox News needs some competition, especially since they have Karl Rove who blew sunshine up the viewers asses regarding how Romney would win.

People like Rove are some of the biggest troublemakers with regards to liberty, and he gets a forum to bloviate.

Your arguement sounds to me

Your arguement sounds to me CMST, like you don't have much of a clue yourself. Wake up and smell the coffee brother. Beck is no competition. Only confusion.

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I think we should come together...

that doesnt mean that you have to trust Glenn Beck, but let the man do his thing and see how it goes. He's definitely not going to shut down his tv operation- he's more likely to call us all fascists (the pejorative he likes to throw around) and carve out a militant brand of neo-libertarianism. If Romney (or say, Rick Santorum) had won the election last November, I think the Blaze would have cheer-led a new Christian crusade against Islamofascism- as an attempt to bring freedom and civilization to Muslim lands.

I disliked Romney, but Santorum probably would have been MUCH WORSE. Could you imagine how that man would have governed? He's never recognized what even the Bush administration learned after years putting heavily armed American kids in hostile Muslim lands!

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I Will

Not join together with him. He will just back stab the very last minute and start liking some one else. He is siding with Libertarians now because he wants to make more money for the next 3 1/2 years. Than when the 3 1/2 year ends, he will turn his back on us and say something outrageous.


needs to have Alex Jones on his show everyday for 3 months straight. Wake up his listeners.

Please no. Alex Jones, like

Please no. Alex Jones, like Beck and wacky proponent of conspiracy theories, is a frickin embarrassment and makes libertarians look like loonies. Ron Paul, Scott Horton, or Jim Bovard would be far better choices.

I don't

I don't See how being passionate is now labeled as being crazy.

Scott Horton!

One of my favorite people in the liberty movement.

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Me too. We need more Scott

Me too. We need more Scott Hortons and fewer Alex Jones!

Beck needs a good Alex Jones

Beck needs a good Alex Jones lashing but he hasn't the balls to have Alex on his show even though it would give him the best ratings he ever had. The guy is an ass clown and not worth the time of day.

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If what Glenn told Jack Hunter is true,

that "he’d like The Blaze to be a platform to promote libertarian leaders and ideas," that's great but too soon. He's too conflicted to be any sort of spokesman for the movement. It's reflected by the fact that, depending on who is there with him, he might (still) arrogantly attack libertarians *or* make himself appear to be a humble seeker.

As the author suggests, Glenn needs to do some study into libertarian ideals. Clearly, being on the fence, the format of his program is not conducive to promoting any genuine understanding of those ideals. This clip was hard to watch, with Glenn, as usual, interrupting guests to prevent them from following through on a train of thought, to put extreme images in the minds of listeners, or to change the subject. All over the place, it accomplished nothing. Well, not nothing. Even in his humble-seeker mode, Glenn managed to leave listeners with a picture of homeless people with needles sticking out of their arms and Muslims wanting to behead us.

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I think

we do not need wise central planners to advise people what show should go on or what should not. Beck does a great job as a private businessman. Americans do have freedom to watch or not to watch. All whining about Beck simply indicates his influence. Few whine about socialist idiot like Rachel Maddow at MSNBC. Some our folks here even advised us to listen to Louis Farrakhan for wisdom.


Beck certainly has influence

Does that negate the fact that his philosophies are wrong? Your argument would suggest that just because people "whine" about Hitler which gives him credence, that some how justifies what he did.

Glenn has influence. That doesn't make him a good person.

Beck disagrees with us on foreign policy, monetary policy, fiscal policy (for the most part), and social policy (for the most part).

Rachel agrees with us on foreign policy and social policy (slightly).

Point is, we share more in common with Rachel than we do Beck - it's less to do with the labels we put on them and more to do with the ideals they espouse.

I have the same amount of trust in Maddow as I do Beck (which is to say none at all), but at least Rachel actually agrees with us on some things instead of Glenn who tries to fake the hell out of it.

Recently I spoke in defense of Beck...

advocating giving him the benefit of the doubt.

Repentance involves a period of time to allow the penitent individual to demonstrate new behaviors.

Now seeing this recent activity of his, rather than passing judgement on him for it, I am going to choose to simply ignore him.

Attention seekers wither when attention is withdrawn.

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Beck is a one-trick pony, and that trick is opportunism.

Beck and Romney have more in common than their religion. They are both flip-floppers who go in whichever direction the political wind is blowing. They stand for nothing specific and nothing in general either. They are non sequiturs that define the word "inconsistency."

I noticed that too

I don't know if he is Pro Intel, or just misinformed. Either way, he makes no sense.

Ron brought the Liberty movement together, Rand is expanding the crap out of it! :)


The libertarian ideal is to recognize the non-aggression principle. We deal with those who do us harm, beginning and end of story. Libertarians are not advocates of invading Iraq, Afghanistan or Iran or some other theocracy. On a practical level, the United States is the most powerful military force in the world. Does Beck seriously think these countries are somehow threats to America?


Beck is shaky...

He needs to wrap it up.

So, too, does Piers "Shite for Brains" Morgan... the useless bastard.

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