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March 3, 2009

Glenn Beck needs to pull his head out

Filed under: Drugs,Glenn Beck is not a Libertarian,War — rmangum @ 5:08 pm
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Or I will beat him with a bar of soap stuffed in a sock until he stops saying he’s a libertarian. In this segment (thanks LRC), interviewing Rob Kampia of the Marijuana Policy project, he displays his massive ignorance about drugs and the drug war. Kampia speaks nothing but sense, while Beck puffs and guffaws and waxes incomprehensible about legalizing even the most harmless of drugs available, whose use is pervasive yet social impact negligible.

Discussions about drugs tends to produce the same kind of irrational blather from conservatives that discussion about guns produces from liberals. But aside from debates over public health and safety (vastly delusional when it comes to pot anyway), everyone, especially everyone self-applying the “libertarian” handle, needs to know that the War on Drugs is the biggest shuck since Keynesian economics. It is not a war on drugs at all, since the American populace is awash in legal mind and mood-altering substances, from anti-depressants to painkillers to gallon-cans of the latest sugar/caffeine cocktail, and let’s not forget the ubiquitous booze. What it is a war against are property rights, personal liberty, and the growing underclass, waged at the behest of the legal drug lobby, Washington bureaucracy, and a new and fearsome private prison system.

Let’s see if we can’t get Walter Block on this show to school young Glenn on what real Libertarianism is about, huh?


  1. Beck is the only one telling it like it is

    Comment by themadjewess — March 9, 2009 @ 3:42 am | Reply

  2. How so? Please elaborate. In economics, he often takes the right view (though often for the wrong reasons, and with an inadequate perspective, as I discussed in my last post when Tom Woods was on his show), and he even makes some partial concessions to the “whatever you want to do in your own home” view on drugs. But I find his attitude mostly equivocating and dripping with contempt toward what I feel is the most just and reasonable stance to take. The most frustrating thing about Beck is that he is a poor mouthpiece even for ideas you agree with.

    Comment by rmangum — March 9, 2009 @ 4:10 am | Reply

  3. First of all.. Beck cant say too much, right? But that is b/c people that are ‘conservatives’ which they are NOT, think that the left controls the media.. Thats not a fact, its a theory. The FACT is that Alwaleed OWNS FAUX news, (a LOT of it) so you are right in the fact that he really cant say too much. I firmly and strongly believe Obama is a Muslim, so, naturally Beck can only say so much. As far as Beck goes with the socialism stance, he is OFF- we are now under a dictatorship and “The tree of liberty must be watered every so often with the blood of patriots and tyrants” -Jefferson
    It is SICKENING to me that our nation is SO FAR OFF. It makes me weep, every damned day 😦

    Comment by themadjewess — March 9, 2009 @ 11:27 am | Reply

  4. I agree that the left does not own the media. Media bias is toward the statist center. But if Glenn Beck “can’t say too much”, how can he be telling it like it is? I gather you feel that he’s silenced by pro-Islamic forces which include Rupert Murdoch and President Obama. Seems unlikely, is all I can say. Muslims don’t seem to be faring too well in this country or abroad, and if Obama is secretly among the faithful his conscience must sting him pretty hard every night when he thinks about the bombing of Palestine he has done nothing about.

    I too am sickened about the growth of Leviathan, and feel that “socialism” is not the right name for where we’re headed, but rather “fascism”. Little technically stands in the way of Obama actually acting like a dictator, but so far he has not. Just watch for the day they haul Lew Rockwell off to a federal gulag, for he is someone who truly tells it like it is.

    Comment by rmangum — March 9, 2009 @ 8:56 pm | Reply

  5. Yeah, he can only say what is allowed. But something occured to me… Maybe they are WANTING him to say this to get this nation under Martial Law? Muslims are not faring well, they hate everywhere they go. I live in NYC..I remember this Muslim gal- she was HAPPY- I mean HAPPY about 9-11. I am NOT kidding.
    Actually I see Obama much as a dictator- SIX executive orders, and a 7th one coming this week..that is NOT A US presidency, that is a dictator (abuse of power)

    Comment by themadjewess — March 9, 2009 @ 9:13 pm | Reply

  6. About Obama, I have to say you are right: the American executive is a dictatorship in all but name. Glenn Greenwald is doing the yeoman’s work in the Obama administration regarding civil liberties. Obama has embraced some of the worst aspects of Bush II, especially the “State Secrets” doctrine, which allows them to throw whole cases out of court in the name of national security. Greenwald’s latest article on Salon.com says Obama embraces the “lawless, omnipotent executive”- in other words, a dictator. But I think you are wrong in asserting a Muslim influence. The article quotes a recent use of state secrets:

    “President Obama’s Justice Department filed papers that appeared to defy the judge’s order to allow lawyers for an Islamic organization to see a classified surveillance document at the heart of the case. The department said the judge had no power to enforce such an order.”

    As for the Muslim girl you mention, what can I say? There are hateful idiots of every race, creed, and country, not excluding atheist libertarians such as myself.

    Comment by rmangum — March 11, 2009 @ 3:01 am | Reply

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