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Friday, January 30, 2009
Glenn Beck the new libertarian says: The U.S. is about to devalue the currency like crazy
Glenn Beck got a show on Fox News, and announced that he's dropping the "conservative" label, and calling himself a "libertarian instead. Given the economic crisis, I'm not surprised by his sudden aversion for all things government, and libertarians are the staunchest defenders of individual liberty against the state out there. Whether it's big government conservatism, or big government liberalism, the common problem is the same: the big government part.
With the massive U.S. bailout and the gargantuan Canadian bailout, we're looking at an unparalleled expansion in the size of government. And the unparalleled spending might lead to a currency crisis in the U.S. Watch Beck:
Yes, but will he defend social freedom or is he just rebranding himself due the stigma of the failed conservative agenda?
Posted by: CLS | 2009-01-30 10:29:00 PM
I think he can defend social freedom as well, the first or second episode of the show on fox was clear that even as a alcoholic who nearly had it destroy his life, the war on drugs doesn't make sense and has to be coupled with the willingness to step over the person making the poor choice rather than subsidize it with other people's tax dollars trying to "help" but only aggravate the problem... time will tell, though!
Posted by: Hawke | 2009-01-30 11:05:22 PM
Glenn is so hilarious - too bad he got stuck in such a crappy time slot. 5pm - who the hay is even home in time to watch TV at that time. Here at PST it is in the middle of the day during the week so I miss Glenn.
That chart - holy mother- bleep. Great point about the statist Nixon. Watergate was small potatoes compared to his real crime. And I recall how sick it made me feel when the government tried to say spending was patriotic. How far we have come from WWII, when we were restricted on how many gallons of gas we could use.
Posted by: Faramir | 2009-01-30 11:47:32 PM
I'm not surprised to see Beck become a Libertarian. First of all when you take the Constitution into account Americans are, by definition, Libertarians.That, and in this day and age its a natural progression for thinking people who have been paying attention.
Posted by: JC | 2009-01-31 4:39:43 AM
I hate to say it, but I think he'll be dismissed by the mainstream as someone just trying to grab headlines, fair or not. It will be a long time, if ever, before libertarian views are generally accepted again. That's unfortunately because, as JC says, our Constitution is essentially libertarian, at least with regard to the Federal government.
Posted by: Charles Martin Cosgriff | 2009-01-31 8:07:42 AM
Can you provide a link to this video?
I can't seem to find one.
Posted by: JC | 2009-01-31 7:19:13 PM
Glenn Beck showed a lot of support for the LP during the election. Probably why CNN "let him go" he has been picked up by fox over the next few years you will see the libertarians grow as they are true to their roots of smaller goverment. Something the republicans have lost sight of even though it is their motto. Ronald Reagan was a libertarian and he was the most popular president of all time. In 4 years everyone will hate democrats becuase of obama and republicans because of Bush. We NEED more then two partys! As if there was a differnce between them.
Posted by: Libby | 2009-01-31 7:44:34 PM
Sadly, Libby, we seem to have a system which gravitates towards two parties. Part of the reason is psychological, I think; Americans tend to see things as either/or. Part of it is traditional, and part still due to the way the two major parties interpret the situation, making it appear that there can be only two with any real chance of affecting issues and events.
Not to quibble, but was Reagan libertarian or conservative? I loved the man, and am only throwing out the question for discussion.
Posted by: Charles Martin Cosgriff | 2009-02-01 8:04:40 AM
More proof that the term "libertarian" is working its way toward oblivion.
Posted by: Nicolas Martin | 2009-02-01 7:06:31 PM
Ronald Reagan was Libertarian in his belief that taxpayers shouldn't be taxed. But Ronald Reagan was not Libertarian. Reagan began the war on drugs. Reagan increased spending. Reagan in my opinion was much like President Bush. He was a Neo-Conservative.
Posted by: travis | 2009-02-02 2:15:42 PM
Libby, I am not a Libertarian, but I am a small c conservative, and Glenn will be a great counterweight to the economically illiterate on Fox News Channel. Most of them think SPENDING is the key to economic growth.
Posted by: Faramir | 2009-02-03 5:15:05 PM
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