If you thought Citadel, the fortress settlement in Idaho, sounded a little unconventional, just wait until you see the plans for Glenn Beck’s city, called ‘Independence USA.’
The conservative media magnate announced his plans — complete with blueprints — on his show last week. ‘Independence USA’ would be a city centered on the ideals on which America was founded, such as entrepreneurialism, religious freedom, apprenticeship, responsibility, truth and creativity.
“There’s not gonna be Gap here,” Beck said. “There’s no Ann Taylor. If you want an Ann Taylor, go someplace else.” He called it a place where “dreamers go” and people create “quintessentially American businesses.”
Features of the city would include an ‘Ellis Island-like’ entrance, a media center, a ranch for farming, an educational amusement park, housing, research and development and a multi-denominational religious center styled after The Alamo.
According to Beck’s website, it would seek to capture much of the “happiness, inspiration, courage and hope” of Walt Disney’s theme parks — a vision that has been lost over time, his website asserts.
One area Beck doesn’t talk about is security. Either he is keeping that part of ‘Independence’ a secret — which seems like a wise choice — or he hasn’t considered that his community might not be totally accepted by the ‘outside world.’
The city project is estimated to cost around $2 billion, Beck’s website reports, and is still “very much a dream at this point.”