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Glenn Beck to build Ayn Rand inspired planned community and theme park

9:52 pm - 01/12/2013
Glenn Beck has a dream. On Thursday, the former Fox News host, gold bug, survival-seed guru, movie star, and bestselling author unveiled plans for a new planned community—inspired by the Ayn Rand novel Atlas Shrugged—to be built at an undisclosed location somewhere in the United States*.

No, really:
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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.

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Beck estimates the city-theme-park will cost about $2 billion to build, or roughly .002 trillion-dollar platinum coins, or .178 Fox News blue whales.

source: Mother Jones
Glenn Beck's website has videos. (and a whole lot of ads for goooooold
will the shops only accept gold coins?
teacup_werewolf 13th-Jan-2013 03:16 am (UTC)
Oh look it's Rapture!
obscure_abyss 13th-Jan-2013 05:41 am (UTC)
Came here to make this exact comment!
schmanda 13th-Jan-2013 03:41 am (UTC)
I'm curious how customer service would work at an Ayn Rand theme park, myself.
othellia 13th-Jan-2013 03:18 am (UTC)
...I think this needs the "not the onion" tag since I've checked the sources about three times now, and my brain's still refusing to believe this isn't a joke.

And OMG the comments. The comments on Beck's site...

That neighborhood lifestyle is something that I have longed for for YEARS. What can we do and when can we move?!

OMG, this is EXACTLY what I have been looking for..I want my kids in a place like Independence..will work for free if we can get a house!!

I would happily share any and all knowledge I have to be an Instructor/Student there, especially with my wife and kids having the Opportunity to Learn and Grow also. Just Like Einstein, I believe in God & Science; in either case there are things that can be explained and things that cannot be explained... I want to explore those possibilities in both Science & Religion!

AND THAT'S JUST FROM THE FIRST 10 OF OUT 100+.
fenris_lorsrai 13th-Jan-2013 03:24 am (UTC)
totally added the Not the Onion tag.
nitasee 13th-Jan-2013 03:20 am (UTC)
I'd pay to put Beck and his fans in their own community...as long as we can get armed guards to keep them there...away from the rest of us.

Edited at 2013-01-13 03:21 am (UTC)
corinn 13th-Jan-2013 03:25 am (UTC)
Glenn Beck has a dream. On Thursday, the former Fox News host, gold bug, survival-seed guru, movie star, and bestselling author unveiled plans for a new planned community.... There would be a theme park...

But would there be a monorail?

Glenn Beck = Troy McClure + Lyle Lanley?
kitschaster 13th-Jan-2013 09:03 am (UTC)
*snort* +1


WELL, SIR, THERE'S NOTHING ON EARTH LIKE A GENUINE, BONAFIED, ELECTRIFIED SIX-CAR MONORAIL.

WHAT'D I SAY?

MONORAIL!

WHAT'S IT CALLED?

MONORAIL.

I HEAR THOSE THINGS ARE AWFULLY LOUD.

IT'S GLIDES AS SOFTLY AS A CLOUD.

IS THERE A CHANCE THE TRACK COULD BEND?

NOT ON YOUR LIFE, MY HINDU FRIEND.

WHAT ABOUT US BRAIN-DEAD SLOBS?

YOU'LL BE GIVEN CUSHY JOBS!

WERE YOU SENT HERE BY THE DEVIL?

NO, GOOD SIR, I'M ON THE LEVEL.

THE RING CAME OFF MY PUDDING CAN!

TAKE MY PENKNIFE MY GOOD MAN. I SWEAR IT'S SPRINGFIELD'S ONLY CHOICE, THROW UP YOUR HANDS, AND RAISE YOUR VOICE! MONORAAAAAAAAIL. MONORAAAAAAAAIL. MONORAAAAAAAAIL.

BUT MAIN STREET'S STILL ON CRACKED AND BROKEN!

SORRY, MOM, THE MOB HAS SPOKEN!

MONORAAAAAAIL. MONORAAAAAAAAAAIL. MONORAAAAAAAAAAAAAIL. MONORAIL!

...MONO...D'OH!



/love of old Simpsons music
nitasee 13th-Jan-2013 03:35 am (UTC)
Is there a desert island somewhere we could send them?

redstar826 13th-Jan-2013 03:41 am (UTC)
If it wasn't for that whole pesky business about not wanting to give Beck any of my money, this sounds like it make for a fucking hilarious vacation.
romp 13th-Jan-2013 03:48 am (UTC)
we'd totally have to sneak in...with professional make-up and costumes and fake straight partners
romp 13th-Jan-2013 03:43 am (UTC)
It's like a dream come true! Can you imagine the block parties?! No one would share because they should have all thought ahead about eating. And you could only watch the fireworks if you bought a ticket that covered the price of fireworks as well as a healthy profit because that's the American way.
mercystars 13th-Jan-2013 04:03 am (UTC)
I am also trying to figure out how an objectivist commune would work......seems rather contradictory to me
livetuned 13th-Jan-2013 03:52 am (UTC)
did he learn nothing from bioshock
tallycola 13th-Jan-2013 04:11 am (UTC)
Fun fact - libertarians have been building/trying to build artificial island communities for themselves since the 90s! All we need is for one of them to sink with some genetic mutations for Bioshock to happen lol.
welurklate 13th-Jan-2013 04:09 am (UTC)
LOL OK
kyra_neko_rei 13th-Jan-2013 04:13 am (UTC)
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.

For a hefty fee, I'm sure.

(Funny, I'd've said that restoring the apprenticeship culture would be a liberal/progressive/socialist idea---teaching useful, immediately-relevant skills and providing immediate work experience while the student gets paid instead of paying. Whereas the death of apprenticeship culture is part of the selfishness of capitalism---that employers don't want less productive, inexperienced, learning workers taking up space on the payroll, much less waste resources teaching them when they can harvest them from a school where the student pays for the education, and that schools, especially the for-profit variety, are also happy to profit from getting the student to pay for the experience in order to get the work.)
tallycola 13th-Jan-2013 04:21 am (UTC)
Well there'd also probably be no compulsory primary education, since all education would be private schools, so you're right on the money - kids paying to work!

And I totally agree with your idea that apprenticeships are a progressive idea. My high school's shop, mechanics and cosmetology departments all fast tracked students into apprenticeships, I'm not sure if they still do that, but having grown up and realizing how important and lucrative trades are, I think it was a really really good idea. I also wish other industries had apprenticeships because a lot of times I feel like I'm just flailing around trying to build my career lol. There's something about apprenticing that seems very nicely community oriented to me.
darth_eldritch 13th-Jan-2013 04:16 am (UTC)
I wonder how much government funding they are going to demand for this.
eversofar 13th-Jan-2013 04:24 am (UTC)
yeah this sounds practical
popehippo 13th-Jan-2013 04:38 am (UTC)
Came for the Bioshock jokes and was not disappointed.

All I need now is a shoop of Glenn Beck's head on a Big Daddy
iolarah 13th-Jan-2013 04:55 am (UTC)
OMG YES. With Ann Coulter as a little sister.
jwaneeta 13th-Jan-2013 05:38 am (UTC)
So they run out of money after building the first compound, and then they go Branch Davidian. Works for me.
poetic_pixie_13 13th-Jan-2013 06:05 am (UTC)
This is just reminding me that I need to get Bioshock. In a totally legal manner.


Across the lake, there would be a church modelled after The Alamo which would act as a multi-denominational mission center.

Ummmmm. "The alleged short-cut to knowledge, which is faith, is only a short circuit destroying the mind." "Faith is the wors curse of mankind, as the exact antithesis and enemy of thought."

The town will also have a working ranch where visitors can learn how to farm and work the land.

Lord, what're y'all going to do without undocumented immigrants to do the hard work for you?

Actually, a Randian world would be a nightmare for these assholes. They can't control anyone's uterus, couldn't declare anyone an 'illegal,' have no say in the lives or queer and trans peoples, couldn't throw a fit when Muslims want to build a mosque. These spoiled assholes have no idea what an actual day's work looks like. They don't know what it is to struggle, they don't know what it is to have an actual level playing field where you have to earn your rewards instead of inheriting it or making it off of the exploitation of the poor all over the world. As an abortion-loving brown-skinned lady who likes ladies from Socialist Canuckistan I don't in anyway think Objectivism is a good idea, but, really, these fuckers have no idea what building and maintaining community actually looks like.

Edited at 2013-01-13 06:29 am (UTC)
darth_eldritch 13th-Jan-2013 06:58 am (UTC)
Agree, totally.

Ayn Rand was Atheist, Galt's Gulch would never have a church, but these idiots would never admit that.
poetic_pixie_13 13th-Jan-2013 06:41 am (UTC)
I just watched that first video and tbqh it seems like a hippie's dream. Apprenticeships and learning for the sake of it and focusing on actual trade jobs and having communities that can sustain themselves, from new forms of energy (there are windmills in the blueprint!) to having all your food produced locally. It sounds like it would be kind of neat if it wasn't run by this delusional asshat.
kyra_neko_rei 13th-Jan-2013 07:14 am (UTC)
Exactly! Exactly!

It's a progressive dream, populated by Randians. And I'm trying to figure out if that is Heaven or Hell.
myrrhmade 13th-Jan-2013 07:07 am (UTC)
This totally reminds me of the Governor's 'community" in The Walking Dead.
kitschaster 13th-Jan-2013 09:11 am (UTC)
YES. But it frightens me to know what they'll do with any non-likeminded or brown/black person they found loitering around the area. I'm imagining the mini-thunderdome type knife-fighting, experimenting, and other...sick, twisted, frightening stuff. Oh lord.
angelofdeath275 13th-Jan-2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
Why not just build it underwater so that when they self-destruct they can all kill eachother and we never have to hear from them again!
quizzicalsphinx 13th-Jan-2013 05:01 pm (UTC)
I will support this only if they call it Randland.
fenris_lorsrai 13th-Jan-2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
DisneyRand
abee 13th-Jan-2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
Glenn believes that he can bring the heart and the spirit of Walt's early Disneyland ideas into reality.

sigh-nono
amyura 14th-Jan-2013 12:19 am (UTC)
Yes, because this is EXACTLY what Walt was thinking when he developed "It's a Small World."
abee 13th-Jan-2013 05:13 pm (UTC)
Also, this sounds like a real Bioshock.
ebay313 14th-Jan-2013 05:10 am (UTC)
I'm kind of excited about this! All the ideological inconsistencies to mock... sounds like fun!
crossfire 14th-Jan-2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
lol
ladyofshalott06 15th-Jan-2013 12:32 am (UTC)
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