Instaread Summary, Analysis & Review of Glenn Beck's Liars How Progressives Exploit Our Fear for Power and Control
Four out of five stars
There are people on the right that loudly proclaim their repeated message that those on the left are always wrong and have a dark agenda for taking control of the United States. Similarly, there are those on the left that say the same things about those on the right. In both cases their tactics are to engage in extreme rhetoric, taking a few examples and amplifying them beyond their applicability. Glenn Beck has long been such a person on the right side of the American political spectrum. The inclusion of the word “liars” in the title to describe progressives demonstrates his use of extreme rhetoric.
Like so many conservatives, Beck opens with a historical falsehood based on the American constitution. It appears in key takeaway one.
“The United States was founded on principles of individual liberty and limited government, but in the nineteenth century, the country found itself being influenced by the tenets of socialism and communism that had been sweeping across Europe, where the failed revolutions of 1848 set the stage for a new era of class warfare.”
All true students of American history know that the United States was founded on the principles of individual liberty, but only for landed white males. Slavery and considering Native Americans and women to be second-class or non-citizens were fundamental components of the founding of the nation. It was progressives that led the battle to end slavery, giving women equal rights to men and Native Americans the opportunity to avoid being exterminated. The American Civil War had nothing to do with class warfare.
Beck also demonstrates a lack of understanding regarding the European revolutions of 1848. They were largely about eliminating the power of the aristocracy and transferring more power to the people. In other words, the freedom and democracy that Beck claims to champion.
I have no doubt that this summary is an accurate rendition of what is in the book. Glenn Beck has been saying the same things for many years and this is just a retread of those thoughts and opinions. Updated to reflect the players in the 2016 presidential election, but other than that there is nothing new stated in this summary and almost certainly also in the book. There is no critical analysis in the summary, hence the four stars.