After returning from a trip to Silicon Valley last month, Glenn had a newfound interest in Bitcoin - though he admittedly understood very little about the currency/payment system. On Tuesday's Glenn Beck Program, Glenn welcomed three Bitcoin 'experts' to the program to discuss the theory behind Bitcoin, its viability, and its future. One of those guests, Jeffrey Tucker of Liberty.me, penned an article reflecting on his experience with Glenn and TheBlaze, in which he commended Glenn's "humility, openness, and willingness to learn."
"We think we know but then, it turns out, we don’t know. That’s the main lesson I’ve gained from watching the extraordinary rise of Bitcoin… But, to understand requires some humility," Tucker writes. "This is why I was thrilled to be invited to be on the Glenn Beck show, along with my colleagues Elizabeth Ploshay and Kristov Atlas… It was not a debate. It was not contentious. It was about learning. He asked questions and together we worked through some of the biggest issues in the cryptocurrency space."
While Tucker admits he has not followed Glenn closely, he palpably sensed Glenn's understanding "that we are on the verge of something big in history, something that will end in a terrible authoritarianism or in a new manner of freedom." Furthermore, fi we are to achieve that freedom, "it will not likely come from top-down reform."
Tucker praised TheBlaze's "large, modern, eccentric, super techy" headquarters that he described as "teeming with talented young people working in every aspect of production." He also praised Glenn for his "humility" both on and off camera.
"I would like to add something about Glenn too. I’ve known many people in his position who are not nearly as appealing in person as they are on camera… I did not get this impression from Beck at all. His humility is obvious off camera," he writes. "He could not have been more humble, self effacing, and down-to-earth… He runs an amazing media empire at this point. And yet he has maintained his personal authenticity and intellectual curiosity. That is very much to his credit, and I say that with full awareness of many disagreements we might otherwise have on many issues. I just can’t help but admire someone like this."
Ultimately, Tucker encouraged readers to embrace the rapidness of the digital age by being opening to learning and open to adapting.
"In some important ways, Beck has furthered the discussion of Bitcoin. He opened his mind to the topic and went exploring," he concludes. "This is what we all should do, not just on this topic but all a huge range of topics that are confronting us in this digital age. There are many things we do not understand but can, provided we have a teachable spirit."