I finally decided to set up this place on OL. I have mentioned it a few times, but didn't have the time to do it right.
Then Barbara said something about Glenn that totally resonates with me:
Some people agree with this and some do not. The important thing is that people in the mainstream are now discussing ideas--important ideas with a distinctive Objectivist and libertarian slant--because of the enormous popularity of Glenn Beck and the heartening surge in audience and editorial direction of Fox News in general.
It is long past time that someone told the American public that they should be afraid of their government. What Obama and his cohorts have done in a year-and-a half is terrifying -- and if we don't understand that, and understand where we are being led, this country is lost. Glenn Beck is today's Paul Revere.
Remember, broadcast TV and radio are not forced on anyone. People listen to it by choice. Fox has grown big simply by offering a competently-presented alternative to the left-wing bias of practically the entire mainstream media. In other words, Fox is saying and covering what many people want to hear and view.
I think the thing that finally put me over the top on setting this section up was this presentation by Beck yesterday:
Beck mentions Ayn Rand often enough that her influence on him is obvious. I only see good coming from this.
On today's show, Beck announced that the summer of 1969 was a turning point in America. And what happened that summer is an excellent opportunity for us to measure who we are as Americans.
In other words, are we people who can put a man on the moon like happened with the Apollo moonshot, or are we people who wallow in the mud like they did in Woodstock?
Sound familiar, anyone?
He didn't credit Ayn Rand for her essay, "Apollo and Dionysus," but the parallels were too striking to have been a coincidence. He had to have gotten this comparison from her. Probably he didn't mention her because he didn't want to lead with an atheist on an idea like that with his religious audience base, but I have no doubt he will credit her after a while. (I can almost hear some of his more libertarian fans bringing this up in a loud voice.)
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EDIT: Here's a video of the "Apollo and Dionysus" segment on Glenn's own site (sorry, it doesn't embed):
Glenn Beck: Woodstock or Moonwalk?
He is religious, of course, and I do not agree with his views on religion. But his promotion of freedom of choice and constant calls to question even the existence of God (citing Thomas Jefferson) make this quite palatable to me.
Anyway, here it is, a section on Glenn Beck and Fox News. It's in the Outer Limits section for obvious reasons. I will migrate all the different pertinent threads over to here.