Three seconds after the bombing of the Boston marathon, and Glenn Beck took to the airwaves to talk about the need to buy gold. And it’s definitely not that Goldline, the sponsors of his ‘network’ TheBlaze had anything to do with it (h/t Buzzfeed).
“The only thing I have to fear is the government, quite frankly,” said Beck. “The government lying to you, the media not telling the truth. I mean, gold is the original gold standard, and something doesn’t smell right. Such a currency of last resort that it’s so unstable that the central banks are buying it up. Let’s say this turns out to be a terrorist operation with multiple bombs around the city. The stock market tanking, things going awry — wouldn’t this exactly be like how it would happen? September 11, now that we are in this precarious situation, this is the way it will happen — it will happen really, really quickly. You better have a plan and know what you and your family are going to do in the time of more difficult days ahead.”
The logic is clear:
1. There was a bomb at the Boston Marathon
2. Therefore the government is coming to get you.
3. Therefore the end of the world is coming,
4. Therefore you need to buy gold because money will be irrelevant in the future.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.