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Don't Listen to Glenn Beck

• Thomas J. DiLorenzo via LewRockwell.com
 

I’ve been occasionally watching Glenn Beck on the Fox News Channel and think he has done an admirable job of smoking out and identifying the shockingly hardcore, radical socialists who dominate the Obama administration. He has also done a generally good job talking about the libertarian founding principles of America, how they have been lost, and our duty to regain them. But he has been absolutely abysmal when discussing the subject of Lincoln, the War to Prevent Southern Independence, and its legacy. I suspect that the reason for this disconnect with historical reality is that: 1) The Fox News Channel is essentially a propaganda arm of the neoconservative political cabal that has captured the Republican Party; 2) One of the cornerstones of neocon ideology is Lincoln idolatry and hatred of the South and Southerners. (Professor Paul Gottfried, for one, has written extensively about this.) 3) Therefore, if Glenn wants to keep his gig at Fox, he must toe the party line on Lincoln. Being otherwise libertarian – while the Democrats are in power – serves the purposes of the neocon cabal nicely.

To the neocons, Lincoln idolatry serves the purpose of helping to prop up the centralized, bureaucratic, liberty-destroying, military-industrial complex that defines their existence. As William F. Buckley, Jr., the original neocon, declared in 1952, fighting the Cold War meant that "we have got to accept Big Government for the duration," including "a totalitarian bureaucracy within our own shores" with its "large armies, atomic energy, central intelligence, war production boards, and the attendant centralization of power in Washington." In case you haven’t noticed, for quite some time now the Republican Party has stood for war, war, and more war, and little else. How on earth genuine conservatives who favor limited constitutional government came to embrace Buckley as one of their leading spokesmen is a bizarre mystery.

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Comment by Die Daily
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The "FP" narrative also includes that the sky is blue and cows go moo. Glen Beck is a lying snake. He talks up the far-right and waits to do his shameless back-stabbing until CRUCIAL JUNCTURES. Then he's back on track until the next key stabbing opportunity. He's as establishment as they come.

Comment by Don Wills
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Again, another title that fits the FP staff narrative of smearing Glenn Beck, but does not match up with the article.

Here's an excerpt from the article -

I’ve been occasionally watching Glenn Beck on the Fox News Channel and think he has done an admirable job of smoking out and identifying the shockingly hardcore, radical socialists who dominate the Obama administration. He has also done a generally good job talking about the libertarian founding principles of America, how they have been lost, and our duty to regain them. But he has been absolutely abysmal when discussing the subject of Lincoln...

Doesn't sound like DiLorenzo is advocating not listening to Glenn Beck, does it?

Maybe the FP staff should actually listen to today's Glenn Beck instead of relying on their blind bias. Glenn's certainly not a pure libertarian, and I'm put off by his using religion as a crutch for justifying much of his rhetoric, but he's come a long way toward the libertarian view of things in the last two years.


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