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#1 among ALL books sold at Amazon

June 8, 2010 by

Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom is a bestseller again, thanks to today’s Glenn Beck Show on Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom.

Mises Institute Senior Fellow Yuri Maltsev was one of Glenn’s guests:


Curt Howland June 8, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Ok. He’s not quite there yet, but I am starting to have hope for Glen Beck.

The example of Oprah mentioning a book on her show has been echoed for a _good_ book.

Bruce Koerber June 8, 2010 at 8:04 pm

“Road To Serfdom” And “Family of Secrets” Shed Light On The U.S. Dilemma.

I just listened to the podcast on LewRockwell.com where Lew interviewed Russ Baker, the author of “Family of Secrets,” which among other revelations reports that just like in Russia where the dasturdly head of the KGB becomes the President, so too in America the CIA takes over the Presidency by the election of George H.W. Bush.

Of course read “Road To Serfdom” by Fredich Hayek but also read “Family of Secrets” by Russ Baker!

Abhilash Nambiar June 8, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I am happy. Very very happy.

Frank G June 8, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Is Beck becoming a libertarian or is he just into libertarian economics mixed with typical neo-conism?

Dave Albin June 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm

He’s probably the closest, compared to anyone else on the news. He has said things like – The Founding Fathers were basically libertarians. He said to leave your church if they start talking about social or economic justice

Bill September 6, 2010 at 3:22 am

You need to look at what he actually said, don’t fall pray to extracts of what people say!

Beefcake the Mighty June 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Beck is far too much of an Israel-first war-monger to be libertarian, economics aside.

J Cortez June 9, 2010 at 8:49 am

Based on the past few months, I’d say Beck is a neo-con with some libertarianism sprinkled in. On economic and personal freedom issues, Beck’s got problems but he’s alright compared to most. On war and the police state, he’s absolutely horrible.

Keep in mind he’s just a guy that has found a schtick that is popular for him. I think he’s just trying to ride a trend to make money. Maybe he believes it, but I doubt it. That said, I hope I am proven wrong.

Re: Maltsev. Anytime Yuri Maltsev says something, my interest is peaked. I wish he had more media appearances in regards to some of the crap coming out of DC. Everything he says is gold.

Nick The Greek! July 11, 2010 at 2:58 am

I am so surprised to see no one discussing the main book that explains everything: The Jewish Peril: Protocols of the learned elders of zion Who ever can get Beck to talk about this wins a prize! I actually saw it for sale online along with a book called Red Dawn, but that was a few years ago. It is on a couple websites in its entirety go and get it or just read it at DOLLARPAGES.ORG click here Yuri Maltsev must have read it!

Mendel Potok October 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm

He’d like you to think he’s a libertarian, but he really is a self-endowed “on a mission from god” ultra conservative.

Dave Albin June 8, 2010 at 10:13 pm

That was good.

Andy June 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Beck is controlled media like everything else. Don’t be Naive. Real truth will never be allowed on the programming box.

Dave Albin June 8, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I know, but who else is even close?

Curt Howland June 9, 2010 at 9:16 am

John Stossel.

Nick The Greek! July 11, 2010 at 3:13 am

Nilus and Victor E Marsden! read The Jewish Peril at DOLLARPAGES.ORG click here and see The Trinity of Global Power at the same site – which shows that the pope will be the NWO’s secret weapon! He controls a lot of people. The people have ONE CHANCE to get right. So, as Beck says (I like him) READ, READ, READ! Beck is a great primer, but you need also to go further, it gets way better the more you dig!

jeffrey A. June 8, 2010 at 10:43 pm

I hold out hope for Beck, but he has a strong tendency to kick himself in the face with words and poorly conceived ideas.

However, I will say that The Road to Serfdom completely changed the way I view the world as it introduced me to libertarian philosophy and the Austrian School. So on that point I share opinions with Beck.

Anyway, I couldn’t recommend the book strongly enough, so I’m glad a dude with a voice that a lot of people listen to is hawking it for me.

Abhilash Nambiar June 8, 2010 at 11:04 pm

That was the book that won me over as well. Had I not read that, I may never have read any other libertarian book.

Old Mexican June 8, 2010 at 10:56 pm

I was pleased with today’s show, one of Beck’s best so far apart from the one about the black Founding Fathers. Before, I think Road To Serfdom was mentioned only in passing, mostly by John Stossel, but it was refreshing to see a highly rated news show devoted entirely on it.

John Becker June 8, 2010 at 11:07 pm

I wish Glenn wouldn’t mix church and politics and I wish he wasn’t so strange (crying at a Coke commercial). However, with the current charge towards big government, everyone who opposes statism needs to stand up for one another. By the way, Yuri Maltsev is always great and I wish he would right more articles and do more appearances for Mises U.

Nick The Greek! July 11, 2010 at 3:07 am

If anyone thinks church and politics are not mixed, they are sleeping with their shoes on! Also, they have not read The Jewish Peril which lays the smack down! READ it at DOLLARPAGES.ORG click here It will blow your mind! Another article on that website is called the Trinity of Global Power which may even be the most mind blowing. lol, not blowing smoke either.

Tyrone Dell June 9, 2010 at 1:00 am

Although Beck is an ignoramus, I’m glad to see him pushing people to read Road to Serfdom. Also, Maltsev was charming to watch, and like John Becker, I wish he would write more articles and do more appearances for Mises U.

His book on Marx looks intriguing, I may give it a look in a few days.

I still am baffled as to how Beck even has a television audience at this point, however…

Jorge Borlandelli June 9, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Everybody is an ignoramus, only in different subjects. He is really good in the communications business, don’t you agree?

iamse7en June 9, 2010 at 1:04 am

Watch the whole damn episode! Thomas Woods was on the first segment, and he knocked the frickin’ cover off the ball. That guy needs to be on more shows. Very articulate.

See it here: http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/59300.html

Nick The Greek! July 12, 2010 at 4:39 am

I must say that I am a little skeptical about Tom Woods. Specifically about one of his books about “how the catholic church built western civilization” Read tinyurl.com/globaltrinity and tinyurl.com/nwoprotocols then you can’t help but scratch your head. How can a scholar like woods promote the pope, when he is part of the problem! It’s one thing to promote Christian values, it’s also another thing to promote correct faith. But this book he wrote is deliberate propaganda, in the light of the two articles above. I learned about woods thru campaign for liberty. Peter Hefti below: “It’s not just Beck… it is any of these self proclaimed experts and saviors of civilization that reasonable men and women must be worried about. They corrode the minds of the public into delusional, ideologically driven thought processes. I do not know why you would champion such a man unless he is the one who exposed you to liberal (err… libertarian) thought in the first place, in which case you owe it to yourself to get a better perspective on it by reading as many other sources as you can.” Thus, take EVERYTHING with a grain of salt. The only time blind following is needed is in believing in God with all your heart. After reading the above articles you will see that the only battle is between good and evil. Too many people like tom are leading people astray in this most critical area, intentionally or not. As verified in the Encyclopedia Britannica , only one Church can lay claim to the title “the body of Christ” otherwise, Christ would have to have several bodies! Christ himself said that “heresies would arise among you and that lucifer can appear as an angel of light”. Hmmm, at last count (1990′s) there were well over 30,000 so called denominations of “Christianity” and there is the proof of Christs words: “A kingdom divided cannot stand” Who ever thinks they can take religion out of the picture can just keep watching Disney. In the time line of things, pope broke off 1000 years ago, so the original is the real thing since they have mot stopped proclaiming the truth for 2000 years they are called Orthodox or eastern Church (erroneously, cuz there are no types of Church, just one!

Eric M. Staib June 9, 2010 at 1:10 am

I wish I could *like* this blog post!

Paul Marks June 9, 2010 at 3:19 am

Glenn Beck has done more to bring pro freedom ideas (in politics and history as well as economics) to people than any of us – yet some of my fellow libertarians just call him names (see Mr Dell’s comment above).

When any of us reach as many people as Beck has – then we may have some standing to snear at him, not till then.

Jorge Borlandelli June 9, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I agree Paul, not all libertarians are impervious to the fatal conceit.

Matt June 9, 2010 at 4:07 am

nice tie!

Econ Student June 9, 2010 at 10:50 am

While I’m glad that the spotlight is on Hayek, I don’t consider Glen Beck a positive force for, nor a potential ally to, the Austrian School. And no offense to you, Paul Marks, but your criterion for criticizing Beck is not a good one – at all.

Peter Hefti June 9, 2010 at 11:45 am


Peter Hefti June 9, 2010 at 11:50 am

I am glad to see the Mises Institute and The Road to Serfdom get some air time, but I have to say that I really feel like being associated with Glenn Beck will dilute the brand of the Mises Institute. I like this site (and others like it) because it is well reasoned and articulate. It presents Libertarianism as a thinking man’s political philosophy. Glenn Beck sometimes has some legit ideas that I even agree with sometimes, but more often than not he substitutes deranged lunacy for reasoning.

J Cortez June 9, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Couldn’t agree more. I can’t stand Beck, although I appreciate the publicity bump Hayek and Austro-libertarianism gets anywhere. One good thing is that some of the people that take the time to really study this stuff and are convinced by it will wonder why they ever listened to anything Beck says in the first place. Hayek, Mises, and Rothbard all would have been opponents of Beck in regards to the war and police state questions.

Jorge Borlandelli June 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Have you ever changed your mind about something as time passes? Give Beck some time.

Peter Hefti June 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm

The bottom line is that he is an entertainer. He is on TV because he manages to capitalize on working class white america’s paranoia about having a black president and high unemployment. I think that people like him are dangerous because he manages to influence public discourse but he does so in a way that is unaccountable to reason and irresponsible intellectually.

It’s not just Beck… it is any of these self proclaimed experts and saviors of civilization that reasonable men and women must be worried about. They corrode the minds of the public into delusional, ideologically driven thought processes. I do not know why you would champion such a man unless he is the one who exposed you to liberal (err… libertarian) thought in the first place, in which case you owe it to yourself to get a better perspective on it by reading as many other sources as you can.

Nate June 9, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Yeah I have mixed feelings as well. But would you rather have Beck invite folks like Tom Woods and Yuri Maltsev on his show to discuss books like The Road to Serfdom or would you rather him not? It seems like Beck is being nudged in the right direction (at least as far as government central planning is concerned). I’m no fan of other views he holds and I really don’t like his blowhard style but oh well. I figure if people start to reeducate themselves as a result of segments like this then I’ll just focus on that positive aspect.

Peter Hefti June 9, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Upon further examination, I feel that it is ultimately a good thing to have the exposure.

My initial reaction was rather snobbish… “Now if I am talking to someone about Hayek, I will have to use the disclaimer: I read Hayek before Glenn Beck made him popular.”

I realize now that this is akin to not showing support for a band anymore once they finally get booked onto the late night circuit or end up in an ipod commercial. I will just have to continue innovating and find a new political philosopher whose mention will signal to others that I am “independent” and “cutting edge”.

Gosh I am getting a little emotional (ala Glenn Beck)… Hayek, we had a good run together buddy, but now that you jumped the shark I have to say goodbye :( It’s alright, you have a lot of new, “popular” friends now who will love you and quote you at dinner parties and keep you way up in the top 100 on amazon for a while. It was fun while it lasted, and I will always have The Pure Theory of Capital to remind me of all the good times we had, riling up those Keynesian Intermediate Macro professors…

Horst Muhlmann June 9, 2010 at 4:21 pm

He is on TV because he manages to capitalize on working class white america’s paranoia about having a black president and high unemployment.

Aside from the merits or lack thereof regarding Beck, people who bring up white America’s alleged “paranoia about having a black president” are generally projecting their own racism on others.

Lemmywinks June 9, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Whether or not Glenn Beck promotes good books, his show is based firmly in the realm of lying and nonsense. He doesn’t love freedom, he just hates the government (except for the military, police, and banking system).

Did any one see his recent lying about the media coverage of Israel’s flotilla massacre?


Jonathan Finegold Catalán June 9, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Daniel Kuehn and I wonder about sales numbers between classical Austrian and Keynesian books (such as Human Action versus The General Theory). Anybody have these figures? I’m sure that books such as The Stiglitz Report get more sales than new Austrian books.

Kenneth Duke Masters July 11, 2010 at 5:39 pm

So is there hope? If Beck’s mentioning of R.T.Surfdom sends people to Amazon in such numbers maybe we will survive. There is so much on the other side I am fearfull.

Ashraf March 9, 2011 at 5:56 am

If Glenn Beck ever got into power, he will bring the US down.

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