Glenn Beck Is a Statist, Not a Libertarian

by Jacob Huebert on August 24, 2010
in Tea Parties, War

At the beginning of his show this morning, Glenn Beck started ripping into the imam that all the talk-radio hosts love to hate, because the imam has (correctly) pointed out that the U.S. has killed many more innocent non-Muslims than al-Qaeda has.

Beck went on to defend the U.S. embargo against Iraq that killed hundreds of thousands of innocent people during the 1990s, argued that we should have fought the Iraq war “full on” from the beginning (meaning we shouldn’t have been so squeamish — as if “we” were — about killing innocent people), and claimed that the current U.S. government is the only one in the history of the world that has ever fought wars in a manner that avoided killing civilians.

Last year, Beck promoted a rally in Washington to protest the federal government’s taxing and spending.  This year, he’s holding a rally to glorify the U.S. military.  Can there be any doubt that by the time the Republicans regain control in Washington, Beck and his many followers will be right back where all the conservatives were during the George W. Bush years?  Only it will be much worse, because they’ll have much bigger, more powerful government at their disposal, which they will not reduce one bit.  And one shudders to think of what the apparent growing extreme, irrational hatred of Muslims may lead to.

Unless, that is, Ron Paul and other true libertarians can steer the Tea Party movement onto the right track before it’s too late.

As a good first step, it’s time for everyone — including some people who should know better — to stop suggesting that Glenn Beck is any sort of libertarian.

  • Medinnus

    True words spokenly simply and clearly. Thank you.

  • Medinnus

    True words spokenlier simply and clearly. Thank you

  • Medinnus

    True words spoken simply and clearly. Thank you. (sorry for the lisp)

  • Leon Haller

    Huebert is definitely a leftist plant within libertarianism, a fool who writes a book on a subject whose essence he simply cannot understand. Libertarianism is about maximizing private property rights; it's not “free markets + racial/cultural leftism”. Ask Huebert this question: which is more important – preventing the growth and expansion of a totalitarian ideology like Islam by deporting all Muslims (most of whom only decided to grace us Old Stock yahoos – you know, the people whose families built the USA – in the last two decades) from US soil, or respecting Muslims' (totally non-existent) “civil rights”? I guarantee you that Huebert will choose the leftist option, on this and every other question.

    You are a free market egalitarian, Huebert, and I'm going to show up at any Mises Institute event in which I know you're going to be a speaker (at least someday, when I can arrange matters properly), and I'm going to expose for the world just what leftists you and Rockwell et al really are. I knew Murray Rothbard, and he would be disheartened and DISGUSTED at the “Modals” like you which turncoat Rockwell has allowed into the formerly paleolibertarian fold. Shame on you, Lew, for selling out, and building the careers of pathetic leftist nobodies like this Huebert, McMaken, Anthony Gregory, that Kramer freak, and similar jackasses.

    I've given around $3000 to libertarian causes over the years, including the Mises Institute. Never Again! Not one more penny to racial and religious traitors, those who have no more allegiance to America, and the brave men who founded it and have defended it.

    Libertarianism is a virus pursued by weak minds, those who are capable of understanding basic economics, but not the deeper issues of history and society which form the architecture of functioning markets. Libertarianism needs to be destroyed before it wastes anymore of the Right's time.

  • Turncoat

    “preventing the growth and expansion of a totalitarian ideology like Islam by deporting all Muslims from US soil”

    I wish I knew “leftists” who would value individual rights over group rights.

  • Edd2ds

    “In spite of the writer's unconvincing and hollow attempt to maliciously paint the 'Statist' label on Beck, no Statist tendencies are evidenced.”

    I suppose this could seem convincing to a statist in denial, but it's laughable to anyone else. Beck was a flag waving Bushbot while Bush was in office. He steadfastly supports war, any war, anywhere, as long as it's a war with American troops in harm's way. “War is the health of the state” as Randolph Bourne stated, and a supporter of war is, by definition a statist. Beck is not only a statist, he's a shill for the GOP and hasn't a libertarian thought in his head.

  • Edd2ds

    “I've given around $3000 to libertarian causes over the years, including the Mises Institute. Never Again! Not one more penny to racial and religious traitors, those who have no more allegiance to America, and the brave men who founded it and have defended it.”

    Oh, please. That's one of the most transparent lies used in the blogosphere to try to establish libertarian credentials. It's really hilarious to try to imagine a libertarian who labors under the delusion that Lew Rockwell is a leftist or that Huebert is an egalitarian. Try again, FReeper. Readers here can use a laugh.

  • http://omegaarr.wordpress.com/ Agitator

    You know, deep down inside I think people like Haller (and their are many) reveal more about their prejudices and biases than they realize when they speak. I think what really bothers them is that they actually recognize something admirable about “others” who come to this great country and contribute to its ideals but are loathe to admit it, so they simply hide behind their feelings of inferiority and allow it to manifest itself as pseudo-intellect.

    In short, I think what really bothers them is that “others” are more “American” than them!

    BTW, my two cents on Beck: He IS, unfortunately, a statist by definition.

  • http://omegaarr.wordpress.com/ Agitator

    Correction: should read '”there” are many'.

  • http://omegaarr.wordpress.com/ Agitator

    Oh, and another thing. Although I didn't know M. Rothbard, based on what I've read, somehow I don't get the impression he would be “disheartened and DISGUSTED” by Rockwell, Huebert, et al.

  • http://quick-book-review.blogspot.com/ davidbenefry

    Glenn Beck, as one can see in his book about gun control, is one of those extreme and opinionated people who have enough intelligence to bring somewhat cohesive arguments forward. Ultimately, however, it is clear that they are following some sort of agenda for one reason or another, and Beck is certainly one of those people… especially when considering his advocacy of war over peace. Though such people ought to be ignored, their loudness makes it hard, and the fact that we are discussing it here only proves it.

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