Not, of course, that he cares, or even should. Still:
We’re identifying with him because he took the fight to the enemy: a watchdog media that guards Those Who Would Rule against rabble like us.
Breitbart showed, over and over again, that Those Who Would Rule, and their watchdogs, are not worthy of our trust. And this, I’d contend, is for many a necessary step to learning to trust ourselves.
I wish I were as knowledgeable as Billy Beck. I wish I were as focused as he, as committed, as strong. He, more than anyone else, schooled me to value principle over policy. He finally opened my eyes to the idea of voting as choosing your next overseer, rather than your leader; that is, of voting as submission to slavery.
He is an outstanding exemplar of Free Man.
(I am compelled to say, in these days of worshiping the magnetic calf of irony, that I am utterly sincere in saying all this. I mean it. I owe a great deal of what I know and who I am to Beck.)
Going by his writings, however, he is a terrible evangelist. Liberty comes so naturally to him that he cannot really understand what it means to discover it. He makes the same mistake that any fiercely committed radical makes, in that he holds those of us less perfect than he in contempt.
True, he does not then go on and attempt to impose by force a social order contrary to human nature.
He just refuses to grant any hint of grace to those who are in fact trying to keep the whole shebang from being bulldozed by the socialist glacier, but are in any way less perfect than he.
He’ll put up a good fight, mind; he’ll likely be one of the last of the free.
But he is a dead end. And his intolerance of those less perfect than he is exactly what turned the French revolution into a virulent plague, and what makes socialism a malignant cancer. (Again, not that he himself would man the guillotine, not at all. Only that any movement using him as a model would turn that way, the bulk of humans being so much more fallible than he.)
We don’t just need perfect, incorruptible exemplars, Beck. We need leaders, we need fighters, we need loud and messy and self-contradictory and self-aggrandizing.
Breitbart is all of that. More, Breitbart knew how to inspire, in a way that Beck does not.
I am not Breitbart, no. But I wish I was, and I strive to be.