2. Glenn Beck, America is an Imperialistic Nazi-Killer!
Glenn Beck is not very good libertarian. He supports the military, raises money for the wounded, praises military bravery, and thanks veterans and members of the military for heroic sacrifices (considered murder by anti-war libertarians who want the military extinct). Unless of course it’s running around local backwoods in camouflage, making military decisions for you and your state.
Libertarians have been furious with Beck’s support of the military and statements he made several years ago to David Horowitz. Joseph Watson said of Beck in 2007:
Neo-Con host Glenn Beck and ex-Marxist David Horowitz smeared Ron Paul supporters, libertarians and the anti-war left as terrorist sympathizers and inferred that the U.S. military should be used to silence them, parroting a talking point that traces back to a September 2006 White House directive.
Beck defended Ron Paul supporters to a point. However, he does not stand with Paul supporters going to extremes and joining fringe elements to start another American Revolution. Beck never calls for removing Paul supporters’ rights; he does not believe in taking things to the extremes some libertarians do.
Worse, Beck never disagreed with David Horowitz, who pointed out Ron Paul’s calls for anarchy and isolationism, and described certain libertarian groups as “totally in bed with Islamofascism.”
Beck further believes:
When you enlist in the U.S. military, you have take an oath that says you’re gonna support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies—foreign and domestic—we talk a lot on this program about the foreign threats—maybe we should spend some time tonight on the domestic one….the physical threat may be developing domestically as well.
Three years later, these comments have libertarians gnashing their teeth. Beck is a big government neo-con supporter of military murder, they say.
In an attempt to set Beck on the straight and narrow path, Thomas J. DiLorenzo recently wrote in “an Open Letter To Glenn Beck:
I’m writing to offer a few suggestions with regard to your upcoming community organizing efforts…Your pledge #5 is also highly problematic. You say, ‘I believe the United States of America is the greatest country on earth and therefore will not apologize for policies or actions which have served to free more and feed more people around the world than any other nation on the planet.’ The problem with this is that you equate ‘the United States of America’ with the federal government. I think your confusion stems for a misunderstanding of the difference between nationalism and patriotism. A nationalist, as my old friend Clyde Wilson has said, is someone who promotes the aggrandizement of the state in all its ‘glory.’ A patriot, in sharp contrast, is someone who simply loves his country and its people. Your statement is way too nationalistic. It seems to be a version of the neocon propaganda line that ‘We saved Europe from the Nazis in World War II, therefore, every successive military intervention, no matter how misguided, and no matter how many innocent foreigners are murdered, is justified. The rest of the world should just shut up.’ This is what the neocons at the Claremont Institute and the American Enterprise Institute would call ‘statesmanship,’ but “arrogant, imperialistic propaganda” would be more accurate.
Perfect libertarians never call America the greatest nation on earth, they describe America as murderous. If one is truly libertarian, he or she is an anti-war leftist calling for anarchy and militias, not standing armies protecting the rights of all, including libertarians.