Jon Stewart on Glenn Beck’s plan to build a $2bn GOP commune

Jon Stewart has a great segment on Glenn Beck’s plan to build a conservative gated community where freedom will reign supreme, and it shall be called Independence, USA.

Except of course, as Jon Stewart notes, Glenn Beck’s market-driven village won’t allow the Gap and Ann Taylor, because that’s how capitalism free-markets work – the government plans who can and can’t open new businesses, and where you can and can’t shop. As Stewart notes, Beck’s plans sound an awful lot communism mixed with third world autarkic economic policies that tend to fail.

From Yahoo::

The community will be known as Independence, USA. If and when it is completed, Independence will produce its own food and TV and film content.

And this:

The main entrance to the proposed community will be based on Ellis Island…

Hmm.  Good luck with that, since Ellis Island isn’t exactly publicly available for development.

Beckistan will also have a ranch where residents teach each other to grow food (I guess that’s how they’ll survive after they join with all the other gun nuts and overthrow the government), and they’ll even have a deprogramming center that parents can send their kids to every summer when they get home from college, since, you know, college is such a bad place.

Actually that’s an ongoing theme about the conservatives who control the Republican party – that college is an evil place that brainwashes kids, and only elitists send their kids to college.  Well, I suppose college does brainwash kids, if you consider knowledge and intelligence a threat to your way of live – and it is a threat to the lies, the anti-science that is modern conservatism.

How long until this guy declares himself a religion and corners the market on Kool-Aid?

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  • qcubed

    Nice, concentrating them in one area makes drone strikes more efficient.

  • qcubed

    Jon Stewart…’gets it’.

  • http://twitter.com/dennis_jernberg Dennis Jernberg

    Am I seeing this right? Glenn Beck, of all people, centrally planning a utopia?

    Clearly he has no understanding of Ayn Rand whatsoever. She would have hated the very idea. She would never let us forget how many millions of people died so that Communist revolutionaries could impose this kind of utopia by force on Russia and its empire in the name of “freedom”. She’d cast Beck out with extreme prejudice, and with much better justification than Nathaniel Branden. And she wouldn’t allow *him* to forget that the Gap and Ann Taylor were made possible only by the free market. There’s no “capitalism, the unknown ideal” in Beck’s plan; she’d have seen it immediately, and so do I. She’d have immediately recognized Beck as a fascist.

    This is the “friendly fascism” of the suburban homeowner’s association — on steroids. Guess where the TEA Party gets its most fanatical support…

  • colleen2

    His presentation reminded me of Jim and Tammy Baker with a strong stench of cyanide-laced koolaid. Glen Beck is batshit crazy.

  • Bosfarcal

    I still think we should skip the preliminaries. Just cut to the part where Beck and his followers drink their Kool Aid and fall down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=668093836 Bonnie Caprara

    How come thoughts of David Koresh and Jim Jones came to mind as soon as I started reading about this?

  • citizen_spot

    Wasn’t there also a plan for all of the fundies to move to South Carolina and turn it into a theocracy by virtue of their superior numbers, once everyone relocated and voted, that is?

  • MyrddinWilt

    Exactly what I was thinking. Its going to be a gold mine for him.

  • MyrddinWilt

    Ave Maria, Naples Florida.

    The state legislature passed a bill to grant an unincorporated township status to the project.

    Did a bit of digging and it looks like they have all the sort of facilities that a rich guy could easily build for their pet project and lots of vacant lots. Given that they launched in 2007, the very peak of the Florida property bubble, that is hardly a surprise.

    This idea of building gated wingnut communities seems to be taking off. Its not just Beck, there is a group of 3 percenters who bought some scrubland in Colorado to build a wingnuttia there. the big idea was to build the town round an arms factory.

    If it makes people feel better, just don’t think of it as a Catholic Community, think of it instead as a 24 by 7 real life BDSM scene village.

  • samiinh

    Sounds like Joseph Smith, the 19th Century conman.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Personally? I smell the unmistakable whiff of yet another Beck flim-flam, not unlike his Goldline shilling.

    He’s gonna collect a great big pile from gullible, paranoid rubes just begging to be separated from their money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MaxinePayneTG Maxine Jessica Payne Roberts

    I am not defending Beck, but author had a reading comp fail. They didn’t say they wanted to build on ellis Island. They said they wanted to base the entrance on the design of the entrance to ellis island.

  • nicho

    Well, at last we’ve found a use for Guantanamo.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    We can only hope Beckie Boi loses his hair shirt over this financial folly.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    I do believe it was the comic book version.—-opps channeling Becca again!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    The Domino’s Pizza guy built a right wing Catholic community like this called ‘The Holy Mother’ or something. I think it has very rigid rules like speaking Latin at all times, having a bathtub Madonna in the front lawn of every house and mandatory Mac and Cheese on Fridays. Household pets like cats and dogs must wear briefs to cover their private parts, in case there

    be occasioned thoughts, words and deeds that are impure.

  • Naja pallida

    I am actually all for this. If they want to wall themselves up away from the rest of us, I have absolutely no complaints.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I’m pretty sure there’s a comic book version.

    Oh, sorry, sorry — graphic novel.

  • Dave of the Jungle

    He can read?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Boy, I haven’t heard of that place in ages. What a grim grey place it was.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Some say ‘Iron Curtain,” we say ‘White Sheeting.’

  • Jimmy

    I think Beck has spent too much time reading Atlas Shrugged.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carl-Stensel/100001538481430 Carl Stensel

    It all depends on whether the locks are on the inside or the outside. I sure as hell know which would be better for the rest of us.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    They want to created the ultimate gated community and wall themselves off from the rest of us, as they experiment with neo-communist authoritarianism, seasoned well with a reprise of China’s ‘Great Leap Forward’ collectivism — and paradoxically want, in apparently total obliviousness and double-think contradiction, to call it ‘independence’ and ‘freedom’?

    I’m not seeing the downside. Let ‘em.

  • Rational

    What I find curious is the dog that isn’t barking.
    Everytime I hear “the Citidel” I think of that reactionary cradle of treason in virginia that has been polluting the US and its military for way to long.

    Not surprising that they approve of the anti government cesspools that is using its name.

    I wonder if the ACLU had established a library and formally named it “The Citidel” if they would so casual about the use of its name by other organizations?

  • cambridgemac

    The issue isn’t tyranny. It’s WHOSE tyranny. Letting the majority have a say in their lives is BAD tyranny. (Democracy.) The Repukes want everything privatized – except for war and prisons – so that we are all subject to private tyrannies – the control of corporations by the 1 per cent.

  • Dave of the Jungle

    Quite right.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    As Stewart notes in the video, a lot of his plans sound like a communist/fascist nightmare of central planning. Which pretty much defines modern conservatism and the Republican party – they’re not against central control, they’re just against OUR central control.

  • Dave of the Jungle

    Psych Ward works for me.

  • nicho

    Some say “gated community, but I say “locked facility.”

  • nicho

    I thought we closed the mental institutions decades ago.

  • Dave of the Jungle

    OMG – Communism!

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