A few weeks ago, the television personality Glenn Beck revealed a master plan for a "city-theme park hybrid" known as Independence, USA. Inspired in equal portions by Walt Disney World and the community known as Galt's Gulch in the novel Atlas Shrugged, Independence (according to Beck's vision) would provide entertainment, housing, and neighborly friendliness to Americans enthralled by Beck's doomsday depictions of America. "With the rest of the country and the world going away from the values of freedom, responsibility and truth," Beck writes, "Independence would be a place built on the very foundation of those principles."
Jon Stewart isn't so sure about that! Citing Beck's wish to control absolutely everything about his imaginary city, the Daily Show host pointed out how Independence isn't, well, very independent:
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