Glenn Beck’s whacky combination of self-described borderline schizophrenia, diagnosed ADHD, and (I suspect) pathological narcissism has reared its magnificent head once again. It’s likely his early alcoholism and daily drug abuse did damage and that is probably contributing to his most unbelievable delusions to date.
He has unveiled an unbelievable plan to “go Galt” and create a self-sustaining community inspired by the philosophies of John Galt, a fictional character in Ayn Rand’s cult classic Atlas Shrugged. Beck sees John Galt as a philosopher and visionary who refused to live under the pressure of an oppressive all-powerful government that discouraged great minds from flourishing. Beck plans to create a community that is nearly identical to “Galt’s Glutch,” the community created by Galt in the novel.
In his January 10, 2013 pitch, he unveiled his ambitious plan. He will call the community Independence, USA. When it’s completed, it will have its own media outlets, baseball fields, homes, and even a theme park. Independence, USA will also have its own shopping complex, but don’t expect typical stores. “There’s not going to be a Gap here. There’s no Ann Taylor. You want an Ann Taylor, go someplace else,” Beck said. Beck elaborated that the marketplace will be a place for Independence residents to create their own businesses and learn from others.
Other fabulous amenities include:
- The ranch where residents will grow their own food and teach others how to grow crops (yes, you read that correctly … Glenn Beck the farmer)
- The media center where Beck will film his show and host other select entertainers who wish to create TV shoes, documentaries, and movies
- An Alamo-style mission style church for people to “gather and help others”
- A research and development laboratory
- And much, much more! (is this where I am supposed to put “call today for your exclusive introductory discount!”)
But Beckville (yes, I made that up) isn’t just about amenities. It’s about education.
“Before you send your kids to college you come to us. And you spend a week with us. We’re gonna tell them exactly, we will show them the truth, we will tell them what they’re going to try to do, and we will deprogram them every summer, if you care.” (Source: GlennBeck.com)
Likely Beck was motivated to do this because of his own profound lack of education. His credentials include a diploma from Sehome High School and … nothing else. He did enroll in one college course at none other than Yale, “Early Christology,” but withdrew before completing the course. So he’s probably figuring that a week of education is about all kids need, too.
He also drew inspiration for Independence from Walt Disney.
Glenn believes that he can bring the heart and the spirit of Walt’s early Disneyland ideas into reality. Independence, USA wouldn’t be about rides and merchandise, but would be about community and freedom. (Source: GlennBeck.com)
He actually bought the 1953 Disneyland Prospectus last summer and has told staff that “the document will serve as a guide to his plans in 2013 and beyond.”
Beck feels, however, that Disney was a failure:
As Glenn has been explaining throughout the week, Disneyland was originally intended to be a place where people would find happiness, inspiration, courage and hope. Over time, Walt Disney’s original vision has been lost. While hundreds of thousands still flock to the town, it’s become commercialized and the big dreams and the heart have been compromised. (Source: GlennBeck.com)
But Beck to the rescue! He will pick up where Walt Disney left off and bring the dream back to life.
Glenn believes that he can bring the heart and the spirit of Walt’s early Disneyland ideas into reality. Independence, USA wouldn’t be about rides and merchandise, but would be about community and freedom. The Marketplace would be a place where craftmen and artisan could open and run real small businesses and stores. The owners and tradesmen could hold apprenticeships and teach young people the skills and entrepreneurial spirit that has been lost in today’s entitlement state. (Source: GlennBeck.com)
Beck even revealed that this is why he made the move to Texas. He has gone so far as to tour “three possible sites in three different states” and has actually spoken to two governors. This isn’t a joke, folks. It’s not one of his sarcasm-rich rants. He’s serious.
While Independence is very much a dream at this point, the proposed city-theme park hybrid would bring several of Glenn’s seemingly disconnected projects into one place. Media, live events, small business stores, educational projects, charity, entertainment, news, information, and technology R&D – all of these things would have a home in Independence. With the rest of the country and the world going away from the values of freedom, responsibility and truth, Independence would be a place built on the very foundation of those principles. A retreat from the world where entrepreneurs, artists, and creators could come to put their ideas to work. A place for families to bring their children to be inspired. (Source: GlennBeck.com)
The entrance to the community will be based on the Ellis Island concept because that’s how immigrants first entered the United States. You know…the immigrants that Beck actually approves of. Not the black slaves who “immigrated” against their will, nor Mexican immigrants.
Not sure if the city will have it’s own medical and mental health facilities, but if so, perhaps Beck plans to be the counselor. He is, after all, highly motivational. One must remember the incident in which his exposes prompted Byron Williams, a heavily armed felon in full body armor, to engage in a freeway shoot-out with California Highway Patrol officers as he was en route to kill staff at Tides and the ACLU in July 2010. Williams confessed to investigators that “it was the things that [Beck] did, it was the things he exposed that blew my mind”.
The estimated cost of this ventures is about $2 billion. But he’s going to take it slowly, “one piece at a time.”
Of course, this utopia could end the way Ayn Rand’s life ended. She wasn’t able to live out her own fiction, because in the end, she and her husband ended up using Social Security and Medicaid themselves. The ultimate irony and hypocrisy.
Look, if you’re thinking “Wow” right now, I’m just going to say “don’t hate.” After all, in an article in 2010, Sarah Palin called him “America’s professor of common sense” and an “inspiring patriot.” This will work. It actually sounds pretty fabulous. I may even move there. I am a gardener and can help at the ranch. All I have to do is sneak in some books or a Kindle, a set of earplugs, and a bottle of Valium and live happily ever after with all of the fruitcakes.
If you really need to “see it to believe it,” here’s the video.
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