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(Boing Boing)   Glenn Beck announces his plans to "go Galt". Well, bye   (boingboing.net) divider line 299
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2013-01-13 02:56:17 PM
Popcorn time!
"On his program last night, 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."


I predict most of the investors will lose their money, but somehow Glenn will become considerably richer.
 
2013-01-13 03:23:36 PM
will provide its own food and energy

Do they plan on building on an oil or natural gas reserve?  Will they build their own gas-fired power plant?  I certainly hope the W word or the S words haven't come up.  Any solution but drill baby drill would be unacceptably green.
 
2013-01-13 03:29:28 PM

unyon: will provide its own food and energy

Do they plan on building on an oil or natural gas reserve?  Will they build their own gas-fired power plant?  I certainly hope the W word or the S words haven't come up.  Any solution but drill baby drill would be unacceptably green.


Wind and solar are OK as long as bootstrappy Real Americans are running things. It's when you get the hippy socialists involved that the trouble begins.
 
2013-01-13 03:36:57 PM

St_Francis_P: unyon: will provide its own food and energy

Do they plan on building on an oil or natural gas reserve?  Will they build their own gas-fired power plant?  I certainly hope the W word or the S words haven't come up.  Any solution but drill baby drill would be unacceptably green.

Wind and solar are OK as long as bootstrappy Real Americans are running things. It's when you get the hippy socialists involved that the trouble begins.


St_Francis_P: unyon: will provide its own food and energy

Do they plan on building on an oil or natural gas reserve?  Will they build their own gas-fired power plant?  I certainly hope the W word or the S words haven't come up.  Any solution but drill baby drill would be unacceptably green.

Wind and solar are OK as long as bootstrappy Real Americans are running things. It's when you get the hippy socialists involved that the trouble begins.


Oh, but they're government subsidized.  That just won't do.
 
2013-01-13 03:45:50 PM
"It says, loudly and clearly, you'll have to wipe us off the map."

I love a community built around bitterness and paranoia. Oh, and blind patriotism. What could possibly go wrong?
 
2013-01-13 03:46:44 PM
How will this be different than the ultimate liberal hippie community, the commune?
 
2013-01-13 03:50:16 PM

edmo: How will this be different than the ultimate liberal hippie community, the commune?


They'll have their own currency and you can only use it there, like a company store.

This won't end badly at all.
 
2013-01-13 03:50:20 PM
Good luck with that.
 
2013-01-13 03:53:57 PM
Would you kindly join us?
encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com
 
2013-01-13 03:56:09 PM
I think Beck is trying to set a record for longest walk on a short pier.
 
2013-01-13 03:58:18 PM
In other words, Glenn Beck is starting a theme park where working stiffs can pretend to be a "Real 'Murrican" one week out of the year, while he sits on a giant pile of money.
 
2013-01-13 04:06:04 PM
Oh my god! Oh my god ohmygodohmygod ommygod! Yes, please do this! Between this and the Citadel thing out West, we can pack the loonies all away into just a couple of walled cities. I take back everything I said about The Walking Dead being a suck-ass show. Thank you, Governor, for being an inspiration to true Patriderps like Glenn Beck.
 
2013-01-13 04:06:15 PM
Last I heard about a compound like this in Texas, it didn't end so well.
 
2013-01-13 04:10:05 PM
unveiling grandiose plans to create an entirely self-sustaining community called Independence Park that will provide its own food and energy,

1.bp.blogspot.com

Who run Derpertown?
 
2013-01-13 04:13:21 PM
I can't wait for this to be the inspiration for Bioshock Texas.
 
2013-01-13 04:14:15 PM
in all seriousness, I'd like to see Beck try and pull this thing together.  Maybe it'll work, maybe it won't...but the idea of a self sustaining, energy independent community is an idea that SHOULD be implemented.  Granted, in this case the deck is stacked against it: Beck is a lunatic control freak, and the people he's planning to include in his libertarian commune probably won't have the skills or mindset necessary to accomplish the goals they set out to achieve.  that said - I want to see them make a go of it, and I really sincerely hope they can pull it off.  even if it doesn't work, that will give us some data on how NOT to go about building a functional arcology.

I wonder if Beck is going to use the arcosanti concept, or if he's going to try something completely different?
 
2013-01-13 04:16:09 PM

St_Francis_P: plans to create an entirely self-sustaining community called Independence Park

communism

I was hoping he was going to kill himself
 
2013-01-13 04:17:06 PM
never mind, I just watched the video.  his design looks horrific.  he's basing his architecture on political theory!?  f*cking moron.
 
2013-01-13 04:17:47 PM
Just like Jim Jones.
 
2013-01-13 04:25:11 PM
It's pretty obvious now that Beck is a put on. He keeps nudging more and more to see how far he can take it. Eventually, he's going to declare himself the second coming.
 
2013-01-13 04:25:16 PM

Weaver95: never mind, I just watched the video.  his design looks horrific.  he's basing his architecture on political theory!?  f*cking moron.


Do you know who else based architecture on political theory?
 
2013-01-13 04:25:45 PM
Awwwww, shucks! I was hoping he was going on strike to show how much we need stupid reactionary rich people.

In which case, my response would have been:  Buh-bye! Don't call us, we'll call you.
 
2013-01-13 04:28:59 PM

whither_apophis: Weaver95: never mind, I just watched the video.  his design looks horrific.  he's basing his architecture on political theory!?  f*cking moron.

Do you know who else based architecture on political theory?


Arcosanti would work better for what he's trying to accomplish.  hell, he could scale up based on what's Paolo Soleri has already learned from building it.  I'll bet Beck would be able to talk that community into providing technical support/consultation services for a reasonable fee and then maybe his libertarian paradise would have less of a chance of going down in flaming wreckage.
 
2013-01-13 04:29:37 PM

St_Francis_P: Popcorn time!
"On his program last night, 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."

I predict most of the investors will lose their money, but somehow Glenn will become considerably richer.


And they'll all blame the liberals for their failure.
 
2013-01-13 04:30:21 PM
So Beck will be the hundredth or so person in American history to try to do this, and the Hundredth or so person to fail at doing so?

/isolated, ideological communities that are not homogenous in their ancestry, culture, and religious belief do not survive. American history has shown this.
 
2013-01-13 04:30:44 PM
It sounds like a fascinating experiment. And it's arguably one of the cooler aspects of the USA that our setup allows for this sort of social experimental colony. There's been a long history of various types, over the last 200-odd years.

(Most have quickly imploded, but that's only relevant to expectation for this experiment being successful; it's incidental to experimentation being cool.)
 
2013-01-13 04:31:26 PM
YES PLEASE
DON'T TALK ABOUT IT
JUST FKN DO IT
NOW! GO!!!!
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2013-01-13 04:31:31 PM

Ghastly: St_Francis_P: Popcorn time!
"On his program last night, 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."

I predict most of the investors will lose their money, but somehow Glenn will become considerably richer.

And they'll all blame the liberals for their failure.


I'm pretty sure you represent everything they espouse to hate but masturbate behind closed doors to, Ghastly.

/a gay man and a republican walk into a bar. The bartender looks at him and asks "What will you have?"
 
2013-01-13 04:36:52 PM

BronyMedic: So Beck will be the hundredth or so person in American history to try to do this, and the Hundredth or so person to fail at doing so?

/isolated, ideological communities that are not homogenous in their ancestry, culture, and religious belief do not survive. American history has shown this.


plus, his design sucks.  if I were going to do this, I'd find someone who's already got experience in community planning, integration of alternative fuel/energy sources and architectural experience with alternative technologies then hire them to put it together for me.  rounding up a couple random libertarian ideologues and hoping they come up with a functional, coherent plan for a major community is...fanciful...at best.
 
2013-01-13 04:36:58 PM
will religion be banned?
Because I am pretty certain that Galt and Rand were completely against all religion.
 
2013-01-13 04:38:08 PM

namatad: will religion be banned?
Because I am pretty certain that Galt and Rand were completely against all religion.


imma run bootleg bibles and rum into that community.  along with pagan literature of course.  i'm equal opportunity after all.
 
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2013-01-13 04:45:57 PM
Going Galt = When reality doesn't meet your expectations, create a community to surround your self with an environment of pure self delusion.

What are they going to call it?  Propagandaville?  Delusion Land?

Can you imagine creating a community comprised of nothing but greedy self involved Ayn Rand flunkies?
 
2013-01-13 04:46:20 PM

Weaver95: whither_apophis: Weaver95: never mind, I just watched the video.  his design looks horrific.  he's basing his architecture on political theory!?  f*cking moron.

Do you know who else based architecture on political theory?

Arcosanti would work better for what he's trying to accomplish.  hell, he could scale up based on what's Paolo Soleri has already learned from building it.  I'll bet Beck would be able to talk that community into providing technical support/consultation services for a reasonable fee and then maybe his libertarian paradise would have less of a chance of going down in flaming wreckage.


Too hippy dippy. I'm sure their building codes won't allow anything that might be energy efficient.

/lead paint too
 
2013-01-13 04:47:38 PM
Farking hippies.
 
2013-01-13 04:53:43 PM
BronyMedic:

I'm pretty sure you represent everything they espouse to hate but masturbate behind closed doors to, Ghastly.

They hate me for DIS ASS.
sphotos-d.ak.fbcdn.net
 
2013-01-13 04:57:40 PM

Ghastly: They hate me for DIS ASS.


You make me jealous. -.-

I just wonder how many fish you'll get, though. :)
 
2013-01-13 05:00:17 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-13 05:05:42 PM
i think this is awesome. we should have a pool as to how long it lasts.
 
2013-01-13 05:05:42 PM

Ghastly: BronyMedic:

I'm pretty sure you represent everything they espouse to hate but masturbate behind closed doors to, Ghastly.

They hate me for DIS ASS.
[sphotos-d.ak.fbcdn.net image 540x720]


most impressive.
 
2013-01-13 05:06:55 PM

FlashHarry: i think this is awesome. we should have a pool as to how long it lasts.


What's the over-under on "Beck's head on a bloody pitchfork" as the cause?
 
2013-01-13 05:08:07 PM

BronyMedic: FlashHarry: i think this is awesome. we should have a pool as to how long it lasts.

What's the over-under on "Beck's head on a bloody pitchfork" as the cause?


I think it's far more likely the plumbing will implode before the social issues cause their collapse.  seriously - did you LOOK at that design!?  damn thing will be a nightmare to maintain.
 
2013-01-13 05:14:31 PM
Wait, isn't part of "going Galt" contributing to society in the first place? Does he really think America needs his inane prattle and will be sorry when he's gone?
Also, will Beckville have its own military? Will any of its residents be on medicare or social security? Somehow I don't think they're going to get too many people under 65 signing up. And if it costs 2 Billion, is each resident expected to pay a share of that cost?
 
2013-01-13 05:14:55 PM

unyon: will provide its own food and energy

Do they plan on building on an oil or natural gas reserve?  Will they build their own gas-fired power plant?  I certainly hope the W word or the S words haven't come up.  Any solution but drill baby drill would be unacceptably green.


It's all bike powered generators. The people of Glennville will each take shifts in the Gymnasiam, powering the cameras and lights that record Dear Leader Beck's rantings and sending them out into the world.
 
2013-01-13 05:15:46 PM
Bioshock: Infinite Texas is going to be awesome!

files.g4tv.com
 
2013-01-13 05:15:50 PM
Wait, you mean Glenn Beck the industrialist?

If he leaves, where will we get our microchips and vaccines?

The whole point of "Going Galt" is that you can deprive the economy of something important by going on strike. Being some dude who whines about "Going Galt," and then stopping, is not "Going Galt."
 
2013-01-13 05:17:42 PM

Weaver95: BronyMedic: FlashHarry: i think this is awesome. we should have a pool as to how long it lasts.

What's the over-under on "Beck's head on a bloody pitchfork" as the cause?

I think it's far more likely the plumbing will implode before the social issues cause their collapse.  seriously - did you LOOK at that design!?  damn thing will be a nightmare to maintain.


Don't know why, but I can't seem to find these plans. Can you link to them so I can chucklesnort?
 
2013-01-13 05:17:49 PM
Wasn't there a call for all libertarians to move to Vermont about five years ago and to vote in Libertarian causes?

Was I high when that got into my brain?

/They should do this in Wyoming where they could actually effect state-wide policy
//Maybe even a Beck-ian Senator or three
///that parts a joke
 
2013-01-13 05:18:10 PM
I hope they schedule a volleyball game with the folks at the Citadel from afew threads down.
 
2013-01-13 05:18:48 PM

whither_apophis: Weaver95: never mind, I just watched the video. his design looks horrific. he's basing his architecture on political theory!? f*cking moron.

Do you know who else based architecture on political theory?


i49.tinypic.com
 
2013-01-13 05:19:16 PM

Xcott: Wait, you mean Glenn Beck the industrialist?

If he leaves, where will we get our microchips and vaccines?

The whole point of "Going Galt" is that you can deprive the economy of something important by going on strike. Being some dude who whines about "Going Galt," and then stopping, is not "Going Galt."


SHHHHHHHHH!


This may be our last chance to get rid of this moron!
 
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