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Glenn Beck Plans to Build Libertarian Commune Inspired by Ayn Rand

Glenn Beck and his delusions of grandeur were on full display last week, as the conservative media figure completed his wholehearted embrace of Ayn Rand’s philosophy by announcing he would build a $2 billion utopian community somewhere in Texas. A nod to “Galt’s Gulch” from “Atlas Shrugged” indeed.

It’s unclear just where in the Lone Star State the community will be located, nor does he say how it will deal with “details” like local, state and federal laws. But as the Dallas Observer succinctly states: “We’re sure Beck will come up with those answers. Anyways, it’s best not to think too hard about it.”

Right Wing Watch:

Beck revealed that his intention to “go Galt” is quite literal, unveiling grandiose plans to create an entirely self-sustaining community called Independence Park that will provide its own food and energy, produce television and film content, host research and development, serve as a marketplace for products and ideas, while also housing a theme park and serving as a residential community.

At the center – in the middle of the lake that is itself larger than all of Disney Land – Beck (with the help of David Barton) will create a massive “national archive”/learning center where people can send their children to be “deprogrammed” and elected officials can come to learn “the truth.”

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And, because it’s Glenn Beck, no announcement would be complete without some over-the-top, insanity-laced rant that will probably just leave your head spinning. In case you’re so inclined, you can watch a sampling of it below:

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— Posted by Tracy Bloom.

Tracy Bloom
Assistant Editor
Tracy Bloom left broadcast news to study at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. There she eventually became deputy editor of Neon Tommy, the most-trafficked online-only college website in…
Tracy Bloom

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