“It is not good enough to point out problems, we have to introduce solutions and I don’t believe poltical solutions are going to lead the way….technology can lead the way, to hell or heaven, but technology will lead the way.” ~ Glenn Beck, January 15th
Glenn Beck recently announced on that he has plans to create a City/Theme park titled “Independence, USA” partly inspired by the philosophy of John Galt from “Atlas Shrugged.” Although the project is very much still in the idea stages, Beck says that he has been working with his American Dream Labs team on the project for several years now.
Beck’s City/Theme Park hybrid will bring several of his “seemingly disconnected projects into one place. Media, live events, small business stores, educational projects, charity, entertainment, news, information, and technology,” alongside Disney inspired roller coasters.
I’ve been reading commentary on various blogs about the project, and it’s quite clear many are confused about what Independence USA represents. A place to live permanently? A place to visit? I imagine it like summer camp at Disneyland, but with a community surrounding it. My inlaws moved to The Villages, Florida, and tell me all of the time it’s an adult Disneyland. Sort of like that…. surrounding yourself with people who think like you do, but babies are allowed. Think the Hills of Hollywood and its movie studios — but without the perversion.
Or maybe like a modern day Branson, Missouri or Williamsburg, VA but with more technology.
According to Beck’s website:
While Independence is very much a dream at this point, the – all of these things would have a home in Independence. With the rest of the country and the world going away from the values of freedom, responsibility and truth, Independence would be a place built on the very foundation of those principles. A retreat from the world where entrepreneurs, artists, and creators could come to put their ideas to work. A place for families to bring their children to be inspired.
The ambitious project, projected to cost over two billion dollars, has been heavily influenced by Walt Disney. As Glenn has been explaining throughout the week, Disneyland was originally intended to be a place where people would find happiness, inspiration, courage and hope. Over time, Walt Disney’s original vision has been lost. While hundreds of thousands still flock to the town, it’s become commercialized and the big dreams and the heart have been compromised.
Glenn believes that he can bring the heart and the spirit of Walt’s early Disneyland ideas into reality. Independence, USA wouldn’t be about rides and merchandise, but would be about community and freedom. The Marketplace would be a place where craftmen and artisan could open and run real small businesses and stores. The owners and tradesmen could hold apprenticeships and teach young people the skills and entrepreneurial spirit that has been lost in today’s entitlement state.
There would also be an Media Center, where Glenn’s production company would film television, movies, documentaries, and more. Glenn hoped to include scripted television that would challenge viewers without resorting to a loss of human decency. He also said it would be a place where aspiring journalists would learn how to be great reporters.
Across the lake, there would be a church modelled after The Alamo which would act as a multi-denominational mission center. The town will also have a working ranch where visitors can learn how to farm and work the land.
Independence would also be home to a Research and Development center where people would come to learn, innovate, educate, and create. There would be a theme park for people to recharge and have fun with their families.
People would also have the option to live in Independence, with a residential area where people of different incomes could all come together and be neighbors.
Of course, big visions have detractors.
This new society of egalitarian pilgrims would amass in Beck’s planned city of Independence, USA. He admits that there is no such place mapped out as yet and that the whole concept exists only in his imagination which is, to say the least, fertile. The development includes all the necessities that a demented doomsday prepper could desire. There would be farming land where residents could till the soil and produce their own food. There would be a mall with shops populated by craftsmen who would also teach the young’uns how to make their own rocking chairs and crossbows. He also plans a media center where he would produce entertainment “that would challenge viewers without resorting to a loss of human decency.” It is in that area that he would train new journalists in his techniques of lying and fear mongering. There would a research facility for…God knows what. Recognizing the need for diversions from all of this ecstasy, Beck plans to include a theme park. And of course, centrally located, would be a church for his parishioners to worship.
Perhaps most notable is Beck’s provisions for living space. He says that he will build “a residential area where people of different incomes could all come together and be neighbors.” Sounds a little socialist to me. But so does much of his concept that relies on all the people contributing to one another and to the greater good of the community.
Another clueless critic derides the project as a “compound“:
Glenn Beck, talk radio host and former Fox News personality has announced that he plans to build a $2 billion compound nicknamed “Independence, USA.” Beck, who says his vision of a right-wing paradise was inspired by Walt Disney, envisions a self-sustaining conservative world with its own power generation, farms, and shopping pavilion.
Beck, who detailed his dream in a series of web videos, also promised that he would build a center to de-program children from what he viewed as liberal propaganda and culture.
The host has previously espoused anti-government conspiracy theories attacking President Obama and others, often citing material that is historically inaccurate or the work of anti-semitic authors.
Obviously these critics are engaging in liberalism’s favorite pasttime, attempting to humiliate conservatives by false portrayals. In this case, painting the project as Going Galt – a cultist escape. Funny how progressives view the idea of Independence and Galt’s Gulch — as a cultist escape.
I bet quite a few people are thinking about Going Galt today, after seeing what fundamental transformation in the form of a payroll tax hike looks like in their paycheck.
I’m not a Glenn Beck fan per se, his delivery annoys me to the point I can’t listen but that doesn’t mean I don’t agree with him on some things. I tend to think his big ideas too often center around Glenn Beck to the point of narcissism. However.
As I was reading the comments along with the article about Beck’s project on Salon.com, I noticed the section titled MORE RELATED STORIES:
Among the stories that supposedly relate to the article about Glenn Beck: Boobs, Anal Sex, Bloodbath and Oral Sex.
That, my friends, is the culture of progressivism that is going to kill off our country and that Glenn Beck fears. It’s not guns. It is the people in control of our technology, our media who program the minds of the people. “Technology will lead the way”, Beck says, in his response to critics of his project. “To heaven or hell, but technology will lead the way.” You tell me — does Beck have a point, or what?
PS For those of you who think that Glenn has jumped the shark, so to speak, I offer you a new alternative. Doc Thompson, a former radio host at WRVA in Richmond, VA, has been tapped to host a morning program on The Blaze. His show will air 6 -9am weekdays. Doc keeps it real. If you are missing the old Glenn Beck, the pre-commercialized Glenn Beck, I recommend you listen to Doc’s show.