Book Review: An Inconvenient Book by Glenn Beck

“An Inconvenient Book” by Glenn Beck in a lot of ways sums up what is wrong with the Conservative moment. It is filled with claims that use zero economics, when in fact economics should be their friend. Glenn Beck, who has become very popular among both Conservatives and Libertarians, has done a good job on his show in supporting the free-market and bashing Obama. But after reading this book I wonder what the Glenn Beck show would look like with a Republican held White House and/or Congress.

The book is written very well in that it reaches out to all types of readers and in a lot of ways makes you laugh. It has some of the best info graphics I have ever seen in a mass market book. So as far as the words and pictures, it is a great book. But the content fall short.

A few parts of Mr. Beck book has caused me to write two separate posts on tipping and on running out of oil. I will not dwell on these subjects but I urge you to read them if you think that this review fall short on criticizing content.

The very first chapter on Global Warming was very good and uses good non crazy arguments against the Global Warming advocates. But soon after that he goes into topics in which most people who buy his book. Chapters on Marriage, Porn, Body Image, Renting Movies (not kidding) and Blind Dating are pointless and useless. I know that often time we pretend that pundits are experts on politics, but that does not stretch into other areas that are more personal.

His chapters on the Minimum Wage, Opinion Polls, and Poverty are much more productive and provocative. But many of the time his solutions fell short. Take illegal immigration, which is the chapter he decides to end his book on. This probably means that he thinks very highly on the subject and that he wanted to leaving a lasting impression so it should be the best written.

First, he plays in this paranoia of a super corporate group has control over the United States government and keeps the border from being secure. And his solutions are to build two fences and hit the employers hard. Besides the fact that a Conservative is making an argument FOR government, the two ideas are just moronic.

The fence is very expensive as he wants “double layers of fencing with road in between for patrols, concrete vehicle barriers, surveillance cameras, and tunneling sensors.” He says it would be $20 billion. First, if this is a government estimate you can trust it is wrong. Also what about the maintainance of this. And really if people really want to get into America, is this going to be effective?

Sidenote: Glenn, when you want to compare figures for people do not use “how much 9/11 cost the City of New York.” First, it wasn’t on purpose. Second, it was a terrorist attack.

Next, he wants to hit the employers. I guess he is already assuming that his fences will not work and he is a Conservative against small businesses. All small business are trying to do one thing: survive. Glenn Beck must not think that there is going to be any red-tape involved on already small struggling business.

And let’s think about the reason why businesses hire illegals, part could be minimum wage but mainly it is because they are hard works and can outwork some of us “non-mexicans.” And consider the costs. The business owner is choosing someone who they have a hard time communicating with over “non-mexicans.” That means we Americans are very inefficient workers. So wake up, you cannot be pro-free trade and anti-illegal labor force.

So overall this book is not worth reading or buying. It was a huge let down and it made me think a lot less of Mr. Beck.

Rating: 1/5

Published in: on September 18, 2009 at 10:44 pm  Comments (5)  
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How are Libertarians different?

Many people never even hear of Libertarianism. I came from a small town in central Virginia, where when someone told me that Fairfax has a large libertarian movement I said that I do not know what that is but I am a conservative. Yes, I am a recovering conservative. The purpose of this post is what is the differences between a conservative or a liberal versus a libertarian? Most people would say that a libertarian is someone who agrees with liberals on social issues and conservatives on fiscal issues, even with outline the blurred lines we see today. This though is too simple of a throwaway definition.

The different between libertarians and other ideologies (including liberal, conservative, and socialist) is much wider than first thought. A libertarian is someone who does not have any desire to exert any control over you unless you mess with their stuff without permission. A libertarian is someone who when they derive what they think their rights are, it does not include messing with yours. Conservatives mess with your lifestyle and liberals mess with you money. Of course, the lines have blurred and the very difference between libertarian and the other ideologies should shine a light upon this problem.

The reason why the lines can become blurred is because whether you are controlling someone’s lifestyle or their money, you are still giving yourself the right to control something. This is why it does not take much for a conservative to wear the coat of a liberal. If a libertarian attempted to wear a coat of a liberal or conservative they would be thrown out faster than Arlen Specter could say “I’m a Democrat now.” This is because the opposite of libertarian is socialist, not liberal or conservative. Socialists are just people who believe it is not only their right, but their duty to control you.

This brings up the next term “nanny-state.” When someone is told that they support a nanny-state that implies that they themselves are not apt to make a decision for themselves. This is what conservatives, liberals, and socialists all think. Libertarians do not care if you can make a decision for yourself as long as that decision is not infringing upon me. They lay upon the foundation of Adam Smith and how every person who acts in their own self-interest will generate positive results for the entire populous. Liberals want no one to be self-interest and conservatives want to fight that.

The point is that libertarianism is a completely new mind set. When I was a conservative who was finding myself sliding into the libertarian boat, I tried hard to cast it off. To cast off the tool of control changes your life forever. When I was conservative, I truly thought we were just playing a game of what we should control and it never popped in my mind nothing. The status quo is always something and therefore it becomes ingrained in our minds.

Many times we do not do things because we think to ourselves how horrible it would be if a person did that to us. Liberals and conservatives should think about control in this same way. If one side wants to win and prevent themselves from being controlled at all then the better way to do that is to stop legitimizing any kind of control.


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Favorite Cartoon of 2008: Conservative V.P. Please



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