I've seen a lot of concerns about the announcement I mentioned in the last post, but I'm genuinely curious about the answer to the title question.
So he's goofy obviously, which means he's not the best face for the movement from the perspective of many libertarians. That goofyness often entails lots of connecting the dots which doesn't always amount to full blown conspiracy theory, but his webs of connections are no different than a lot of what I've read from other libertarians about the Progressive Movement and the precedents it sets for modern politics (and those sorts of webs-of-connections type stories are served up by people ranging from Mises Institute affiliates to Steve Horwitz to Tea Partiers).
So is that really the libertarian concern?
Or is it the religious/pro-life thing? Because I know that bothers a lot of libertarians, but it certainly isn't enough for them to reject other pro-life libertarians (nor should it in my opinion - this is a really tough issue where the right answer pretty much depends on your priors about when life starts).
On a lot of the other issues, though, I don't really see a huge difference between Glenn Beck and most other libertarians out there.
What's more he is not just using throw-away lines. He promotes Hayek on his show and is a student of Mark Skousen - an Austrian economist.
I'm genuinely curious. If any media personality or politician was this invested in Keynesian economics, only differed from me on a social issue or two, and was just a little goofy and excitable it would be considerably better IMO than the suite of politicians and media personalities I have to choose from now (unless you consider Paul Krugman a media personality I guess).
Libertarians have prominent politicians like Paul Ryan and Ron and Rand Paul openly promoting their academic literature. Do you guys know how cool that is? I don't like politicians generally and I don't expect you to, but what exactly is it going to take to get you guys to actually say "we can work with this - life is messy and this looks messy but they're telling people to read Hayek for God's sake! I'm going to give this guy a word of encouragement!"
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