Skousen + Beck = Paranoid Fascism?
Salon.com is running a pretty fascinating article on the Cleon Skousen/Glenn Beck connection. It’s a pretty fascinating look into Mormon-laced, right-wing, ultra-nationalistic, paranoid, pro-theocracy, conspiracy theory, which also goes by the name “The Glenn Beck Program” on Fox News.
Ugg, thanks for the link. My ultra-conservative neighbor is pimping this book on Facebook. I looked it up on Amazon.com awhile back, but this Salon.com article is more informative. Everything I hate about religion and government in one book! This country needs to be a secular republic. Separation of church and state please.
I forgot to clarify which book I was referring to: Skousen’s “The 5,000 Year Leap”.
Lordy that’s creepy.
Marx and Hegel Mormon style.
People are lapping it up. I wish, I knew what to do about that.
I wish I dared send that Salon.com link to my neighbor.
Give me his e-mail and I will send it. LOL
Haha…I like how you think, sadly I don’t have his personal email–we only communicate through Facebook.
I finally broke down and watched a few minutes of Beck’s show one night a couple of weeks ago. I’d been hearing stories, and frankly I thought people were exaggerating his performances.
They weren’t. I’m not a psychologist or psychiatrist or anything, but those few minutes convinced me that the man is truly unhinged and in serious need of professional help, if not hospitalization.
I wonder if any of the people giving critiques of The 5,000 Year Leap and Glenn Beck have ever read the entire book or listened to more than a “few minutes” of Beck’s show.
I have seen Glenn Beck’s show. Not a fan. He uses emotions and half-truths to get people riled up. He doesn’t seem particularly fond of facts, data, science, or reality.
I haven’t read the book. But, it does seem like the author of the Salon.com article has. Frankly, I don’t have lots of free time. I’d rather spend it reading stuff I know is worthwhile. Clousen was a crackpot. That’s pretty clear. Why would I spend my time reading the crazed ramblings of a nutjob? I’m glad a sane, coherent person has and can give a good review of it, but I have better things to do with my time (like respond to you). 😉
BCC has posted Louis Midgley’s devastating Dialogue take down of Skousen’s The Naked Capitalist (and of Skousen). (The link in Salon was semi-broken due to the weird format of the Dialogue archive.)
@Clearly Departed #9: I could only watch a few minutes. I was embarrassed for the man, he was so clearly unhinged, that I couldn’t continue to watch, not being a fan of train wrecks. But at the same time, watching just creeped me out too much to keep watching, because I know there are people out there who think his performance is completely normal. Makes me shudder to think that, because anyone who is that paranoid is dangerous.
The Salon article cracked me up. Let’s use the Mayor Lee as a character witness. I’m sure he’ll be objective..he was only arrested by Skousen for illegal gambling. Surely he wouldn’t hold any grudges for that?
Next lets talk about how the FBI considers Skousen a “threat to the republic”. Why? Well Skousen’s work in the FBI was mostly administrative, yet he later misrepresented his work as being an administrative assistant. There is no such job in the FBI! AGGGHHH that makes him like the Nazis! Run away quickly it’s a man who overstates his job responsibilities. Is it right? no…does it make him a threat to the republic? I really have to say no.
Most likely the thing he is most guilty of is holding a different political view than the author.
You are right, Susan, that lying about your past, although troubling, does not make you a Nazi. But agitating for a theocracy does.
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