Saturday, August 28, 2010

A video for Objectivists who Like Beck

I have tried to stomach Glenn Beck, really I have. But I can't. It takes about two minutes of one of his rants to have me reaching for the remote. There are too many character traits I can't ignore. He seems to have a messianic complex to me and that scares me about anyone. Such people are always dangerous. Messiahs are dangerous and, in my opinion, have always done more harm than good. Second, Beck buys into too much conspiracy theory nonsense to be taken seriously.

I was surprised that Objectivist friends seemed to like Beck. Given how much Objectivism has opposed the attempt to appeal to God as the foundation for a political system I wonder what they would say of Beck's tirade about America turning to God.

An imaginary deity is not the answer to America's problems. And appeals to such entities only make it appear that there is no rational foundation for freedom. But Beck says his role is to "wake America up to the backsliding of principles and values and most of all of God." Beck's conservative principles include what he calls his second principle: "I believe in God and he is the center of my life." Ayn Rand referred to this as the "God, family, tradition swamp," so I'm baffled by Objectivists who support Beck.

Even more odd is that one has to remember that Beck is a Mormon who believes he will be a god one day and that all Mormons, through the secret temple rituals—some of which they stole from the Masons—can become a god and that there literally are millions of gods, perhaps billions.