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Anti-Science Syndrome (ASS) sufferer Hater of Liberal Economics (HOLE), global warming denying Glenn Beck evidently envisions himself as the rightful successor of one of the greatest names in political theory and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States with his publication of Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government inspired by Thomas Paine.  Putting aside the arrogance of this association, we should wonder whether the hateful Beck is turning over a new, Kumbaya leaf.

Consider the following exchange in a Washington Post online "chat" with Beck.

Eugene, Ore.: Mr. Beck, over the last 20 years we have seen deregulated free market capitalism make a mess of the energy market (Enron), the financial markets, and the planet -- unmanaged natural resource harvest, global species loss, industrial toxins in our water, all at the cost of the common man or woman. Isn't regulation really a common sense approach to containing human greed?

Glenn Beck: No. Self-regulation is the common sense approach to regulating greed. What our founders called indispensable, the application of the laws of nature's God. And we have totally abandoned those things. Corporations need to know that by screwing the other guy, be it the janitor or another company, is bad long-term for the company. Polluting the rivers and skies to make a tire cheaper is ultimately bad for the company.

According to Glenn Beck, it seems, there is zero reason for government regulation and government oversight since, well, we should all get along and do the right thing.

With much more hypocrisy, almost certainly, Beck is calling for the unbridled market to the answer to all environmental and social challenges.  Considering individuals' and business readiness to dump pollutants into the commons (whether a tire into the woods, old oil down a storm drain, or 100,000 tons of CO2 out a smokestack each year), it is hard to see how even an ASS-suffering HOLE like Glenn "Kumbaya" Beck can take his own words seriously.

As a note, here is the question that I provided into the Post "Chat" which remained unanswered.

"Common Sense" would seem to suggest that, in this highly complicated world, we understand how to rely on expertise and knowledge.  I will trust a doctor more than drug store clerk to diagnose a disease. I will trust an oncologist more than podiatrist to deal with cancer.

Common sense ... Why do you continue your rages against the scientific method and the very strong scientific basis for human contributions driving climate change? And, even putting a warming planet aside, what about Ocean Acidification?

And, considering common sense, why haven't you seized the opportunities of a "no regrets" strategy to reduce our oil imports, improve the health of Americans through reduced pollution, improve our security through a more diverse and resilient energy supply, and lower the impacts of CO2 on a warming planet and ocean acidification?

Common sense would say listen to people who actually know what they're talking about ... no?

For other commentaries re Beck's sojourn with the Washington Post, see Political Animal: BECK SEES U.S., IRANIAN PARALLELS... and Think Progress: Beck: ‘[W]e’re in the same situation here’ as in Iran.. Beck, in essence, stated that the US political situation is basically the same as in Iran ...

Originally posted to A Siegel on Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 08:12 PM PDT.

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  •  Tips / Mojo: 15 June 09 (21+ / 0-)

    Beck is an affront to basic human decency, on so many levels. His vitriolic spewing of deception, deceit, truthiness re climate change and global warming represent just a small share of how he undermines the basic fabric of sensible society. It pains me that he is able to place himself in the same breath as Thomas Paine ...

  •  Why promote this jerk by diarying him? nm (0+ / 0-)

    God is great, beer is good and people are wak.

    by sylvien on Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 08:16:58 PM PDT

  •  Did he weep openly? (3+ / 0-)
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    dougymi, Empower Ink, chrome327

    I mean, because he loves his country and all?

    "Yao from 20 ... yes!!!!!! Rockets by six. Great stuff. I haven't been this excited by a Chinese person since General Tso." -- Bill Simmons

    by malharden on Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 08:17:11 PM PDT

  •  Beck is good at one thing (9+ / 0-)

    He's good at making little people feel even littler.

    Then he tells them they're going to be part of a revolution.

    Then he tells them about other conspiracies to fuck them that are even more insidious then the last.

    Then he tells them the revolution will fix those too.

    Lather, rinse, repeat.

    He's like Oprah for doughy white males.

    Rush Limbaugh: Opiated Sack of Porkfarts

    by The Termite on Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 08:17:32 PM PDT

  •  Marc The Shark (1+ / 0-)
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    A Siegel

    i could not for the life of me understand how the fuck a steaming sac of shit like beck could possibly be so popular ... until i saw the most recent marc the shark -- and i realized that feigning ignorance and right wing outrage ... is something that virtually anyone can do by coming up with a character that appeals to the most base of white male wet dream paranoia ... and now ... for Your viewing pleasure ....

    "I want to keep them alive long enough that I can win them to Christ," - Rick Warren, Professional Greed Driven Scumbag

    by josephk on Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 08:25:40 PM PDT

  •  When the Framers Freed Speech (2+ / 0-)
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    A Siegel, limpidglass

    they had no conception that magical noblemen of the future would be the objects of their right, and protected by the Constitution, would take insane speakers and present them to 50 million people at a time shutting out the people and healthy minds and reason from most of the debate of society.

    We have the best system any society ever devised. We're behind all the advanced ones in almost every measure other than killing power.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 08:35:26 PM PDT

  •  Beck is a professional asshole (1+ / 0-)
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    A Siegel

    and I mean exactly that: his job is to fill people's heads with malicious, anti-intellectual garbage and to wreck attempts to fix our real problems.

    His rants against climate change are part and parcel of his attitude: if it benefits people, he's against it.

    Sadly, people like Beck speak for a significant minority of the population, and this minority is probably by far the most politically active and fanatical.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 08:38:17 PM PDT

  •  Glenn Beck has been installed by Murdoch to (1+ / 0-)
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    confuse the crap out of people. Of that I am sure.
    Anti-government, anti-regulation, anti-bank, anti-well whatever.
    In other words at least with many of the Bush administration policies and positions they were unapologetic and anyone with common sense could see this and focus on it.
    Beck picks up on this and twists it around so it looks like those responsible for the policies now are against what they did originally.
    The mental gymnastics you are put through following this manipulator are torturous, to put it kindly.
    In other words lets get mad at all these things our network ignored/approved of, then lets get mad at anyone trying to do anything about it because a) it wont work and b) we are already mad at the first thing and it therefore must be their fault so they shouldn't be trusted to fix the problem.

    And that is what the tea parties were about. Tapping into an anger without providing a solution because any solution will be coming from those that caused the problem.

    Foxaganda - helping drive Americans crazy

    "In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." Law of the Iroquois Confederacy

    by Unenergy on Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 08:56:54 PM PDT

    •  You are wrong about the tea parties m. (0+ / 0-)

      Most of the anger is directed at the stimulus and the taxes that will ensue.

      People are pissed about the level of spending that started with BushCo and have continued under Obama.

      There is no solution, just frustration.

      God is great, beer is good and people are wak.

      by sylvien on Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 09:13:57 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Disagree. Beck is there so Murdoch can own and (0+ / 0-)

        direct the anger even though they (Foxaganda) were cheerleading the conditions which created the economic emergency that followed.

        JMO it seems that Foxaganda are quite happy to have a dysfunctional US system of government and criticisms are strongly based on the fact that the team which are Obama's administration do appear to be competent without any alternative motivation (ie straight out of the lobbying industry).

        "In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." Law of the Iroquois Confederacy

        by Unenergy on Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 09:22:40 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  On a positive note and only because I just found (3+ / 0-)
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    A Siegel, BruceMcF, MCinNH

    out about it, an organisation has been formed earlier in the year to tackle the problem of the great pacific garbage patch.
    Its called Project Kaisei. Below is a vid from their site.

    "In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." Law of the Iroquois Confederacy

    by Unenergy on Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 09:11:55 PM PDT

  •  To be consistent he must advocate repealing (1+ / 0-)
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    A Siegel

    corporation law. They have power only because corporation law repeals certain parts of the common law and natural that would discipline them. Instead of dying as natural people do corporations have eternal life. And instead of being responsible for their wrongs through the tort system and criminal law, they have limited liability.

    But Beck seems unaware of this issue and assumes all will be well under our current system.

    Corporations need to know that by screwing the other guy, be it the janitor or another company, is bad long-term for the company. Polluting the rivers and skies to make a tire cheaper is ultimately bad for the company.

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