Libertarian History/Philosophy

Austrian Econ Geek (and Wrestler!) Glenn "Kane" Jacobs Speaks Out on Possible Senate Bid


As reported for the very first time here by me on May 16, Glenn Jacobs, the wrestler who performs under the name Kane, had the possibility of a GOP Senate primary challenge to Lamar Alexander in Tennessee in the back of his mind.

Kane himself had not yet spoken publicly about it, but he now has, and in this Daily Caller article (mentioned earlier on Reason 24/7 and our Hit and Run A.M. links) he reveals why libertarian movement types might find him the best senator ever:

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Jacobs says he's always been interested in politics, but it wasn't until around 2004 that he began reading economists of the libertarian "Austrian school" such as Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard. He calls Henry Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson "one of the best books anyone can read," and also cites von Mises' Human Actionand Rothbard's Man, Economy, and State as personal favorites. And after listening to Jacobs talk for a while, it becomes apparent that, somewhere along the way, this leather mask-wearing pro-wrestler, who is famous for performing something called a "chokeslam" on his opponents, became a full-blown libertarian nerd.

"My interest in economics just basically comes because I think I'm a curious person, and I'm interested in how the world works,….

"The problem with Keynesianism is that we are not, human beings, are not numbers," he continues. "We're not atoms that bounce around without free will. Human beings have individual choice, we have free will, and we make decisions, and that's what Austrian economics takes into account."

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  1. I will support this guy to get rid of Lamar Alexander, one of the biggest statists in congress. I don’t live in TN, yet, but I will donate to Jacobs campaign anyway, as well as to anyone running against Lindsey Graham. I will eventually wind up in one of those 2 states, so might as well start cleaning house before I arrive.

    1. Is your handle an SMR reference?

      1. Not sure what SMR is. It’s a reference to a book written by sci-fi author Dan Simmons.

        1. Hyperion to build Small Modular Reactor


          1. Well, if I move to SC, they’re going to have to pay me a commission to use the name. I better go ahead and write them the letter…

            Anyway, they will be out of business once I finish building my personal fusion reactor, soon as I find the right beer can…

    2. How far out are you from moving?

      1. The 2 areas I am looking at, well 3 actually, are Knoxville and Chattanooga, TN, and Greenville, SC.

        I will have to stay fairly close to town, because of my wife (she can’t be that far away from getting her shopping fix), but I plan on being out enough to have a few acres.

        1. Nice, I meant how soon are you from moving but I like this answer too.

          Chatanooga and Greenville are on my list as well. I just need to find time to go visit them in addition to Summerville.

          Unfortunately for me, I am still probably 5 or so years from getting out of MD.

          1. Lol, I just read your post again, and realized that.

            Probably about 5 years. It could be sooner, I hope, but it won’t be more than that.

            Maybe we’ll make the move at around the same time, and wind up in the same area.

            Wife and I are going to be spending some time in Greenville and Chattanooga over the next few years. We’re just going to rent a place for a week or two and try to pretend like we live there, you know, go grocery shopping, to restaurants, local shops, talk to people.

            I’ve already spent some time in the Knoxville area. I like it, but I want to see some alternatives.

            1. Oh, BTW, where’s Summerville?

              1. My grandfather lives in Summerville. I only visited Charleston once, but the food at Hyman’s Seafood and Aaron’s Deli was enough to make me want to go back. The drive out to Folly Beach however was terrible.

                It was a bit of culture shock for me. People would just start talking to you and saying hello. In Michigan, that is usually a good way to get shot/stabbed/punched/etc.

            2. Outside of Charleston, so closer to the coast.

              I think we’re going to attempt the same thing. I look forward to the confused looks when people ask where I am going on my week off and I announce “Chatanooga, TN!”

    3. I will support this guy to get rid of Lamar Alexander, one of the biggest statists in congress.

      Me too and I vote in TN. Sadly, Mr. Jacobs told me in a phone interview that he is categorically not running for the Senate now.

  2. The best thing political debates can add is a cage match sudden death round.

  3. If Mr. Jacobs chokeslammed a Lindsey Graham on the floor of the Senate, then his election would have paid dividends.

  4. I think he ought to strive to be as calm, articulate, and scholarly as possible in his speeches and interviews… while still dressing like Kane.

  5. This would be awesome.

  6. Back in the day i believe a canuck wwf wrestler named val venus joined the LP or stated libertarianish stuff…

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