The Glenn Beck Phenomenon

Talk radio has been around for a long time. More recently, talk television has attracted lots of attention and large audiences.

The most successful hosts combine interesting food for thought with a flair for showmanship that keeps their audiences both entertained and engaged.

One rising star in the talk show world is Glenn Beck. With national radio and television shows, Beck’s limited government theme, and sometimes over-the-top rhetoric, are captivating a growing audience.

Beck reminds us that “the American experiment was about freedom. Freedom to be stupid, freedom to fail, freedom to succeed.”

But the rush to all-encompassing government is taking these freedoms away. No need to worry about failure if the nanny state will come to the rescue. Of course, that rescue comes with a multi-trillion dollar price tag that we’ll all end up paying.

If you’re a Glenn Beck fan, then you’ll want to see him in person at his next one-man stage show at Safeco Field in Seattle on Saturday, September 26.

Cascade Policy Institute is chartering buses to take Beck fans from Portland to Seattle and back that day. The reservation deadline is just a few days away. Go to or call Nancy at (503) 242-0900 for details. Then get on the bus with other Glenn Beck fans on September 26.

Steve Buckstein is founder and senior policy analyst at Cascade Policy Institute, Oregon’s free market public policy research center.

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  • v person

    “Freedom to be stupid”

    Amen to that. I would only add, “and to make a pile of money at it.”l

  • frank

    Is it true that Beck was questioned by the police in the 1990 rape and murder of a young girl? I read that this morning on the web. That can’t be true…

    • hickville

      you don’t think they’re going to let him expose them without attempting to discredit him now, do you? he must be on to something…

  • Anonymous


    I was “questioned” by the police over the rape of a minor. Does that imply I took part? Actually, I was a witness who helped put a guilty man in prison. Be careful how you use words!

    And “is it true”?

    I don’t know. Is it true that “frank” worships Satan, commits human sacrifices, has sex with farm animals and gives meth to little school children? I read that somewhere. Can’t remember where. That can’t be true. And for the record, because I said “that can’t be true,” I must be covering myself against defamation. But by tossing the claim out there, am I implying there is something to the story?

    And, if it is all true… so what? Liberals have taught us through the life and death of Ted Kennedy and Mary Jo Kopechne that the sins of the past are insignificant compared to the wonderful achievements in life since their transgressions. Kennedy did so much good for everyone, and even may have been inspired to do so as penance, so really killing Mary Jo was worth it. I read that on the web. Is it true? So if Glenn Beck has a secret sinful past, is it driving him today to make America a better place? Wouldn’t that make it all worthwhile?

    Be very careful when you play the “I heard” game… we are on to the rules and can use them ourselves…

  • Rupert in Springfield

    Glenn Beck has one of the funniest shows out there. The only thing that makes it even funnier is to imagine all the humourless whiners that simply can’t stop the knee jerk reaction to call anything they disagree with stupid. Not everyone likes to be a sour faced Ruth Ginsberg listening to NPR interview some guy who spent the last 40 years photographing walnuts. However it sure is funny to imagine those listners prancing around calling Beck the stupid one.

    • v person

      Beck is quoted above supporting the “freedom to be stupid.” I think we can assume he means himself.

      Funny? He is hilarious. A real hoot. If you like laughing at crazy people that is. But once upon a time that was considered to be bad form.

      I’m sure Beck is laughing all the way to the bank.

  • devietro

    I was a Beck radio fan long before his TV show. I still like him, he is a little over the top sometimes but I feel he is far more like most of us than the other pundits. Also he is one of VERY few hosts who will openly talk about the issue of gun rights. Even most conservative hosts treat guns as the 3rd rail.

  • Old Ducker

    This month, Judge Andrew Napolitano debuts with a half hour show on Fox. His internet program “freedom watch” has been the best out there for the past six months or so.

    Let the revolution (or secession) begin.

  • Jeff the Patriot

    A great vid from Glenn

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