Glenn: Here’s the reason socialism appeals to so many people

Glenn opened the radio program this morning with his theory on why socialism seems to have a growing appeal in America today. The founding principles of the United States of America were based in liberty and self-reliance, but the mentality of “they have it. I don’t have it. I want it. Go get ‘em” replace the ideals of individual responsibility far too often. Why? The simple answer, as Glenn sees it, stems from fear.

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“It’s because Americans have given up on themselves and their ability to succeed. We don’t believe anymore that we are exceptional,” Glenn explained. “And you know what? In some ways, the President is right. We’re not exceptional. We’re really not. People are people, and they can choose to be exceptional or not. We as a nation chose to be exceptional, and the only thing that made us exceptional was that we, as a group of people, decided to go a different way. That’s what made us exceptional – not that we were born any different, not that we have anything special that nobody else has.”

If American exceptionalism was a conscious decision made by the American people, what has changed?

“Why is America failing? America is failing right now because we have chosen to go the way the rest of the world has always gone,” Glenn said. “We have everything we need. We just have to choose it. And what does make us different is that we used to have an understanding of this. We used to have a real innate understanding and one that wasn’t just bred into us… It was something in the head and in the heart. We believed that we could build it – we did build it before and we could build it again.”

Glenn explained his favorite thing to do in New York City is people-watch, and during his most recent trip to the city, he noticed two distinct things about the people he observed.

“When you watch them, you will see two things: One, there’s a lot of hope if, two, people lose their negativity. Most people are looking down. They’re not looking forward because they’re convinced that they can’t make it on their own,” he explained. “They’ve been brainwashed – some by outside sources and some by inside sources – brainwashed that you can’t make it. And that leads to fear. That’s really what it is. It’s just this simple: Fear.”

On tonight’s Glenn Beck Program, Srinivas Rao, author of The Art of Being Unmistakable, will join Glenn to talk about the importance of overcoming this fear. Glenn discovered the book, currently only available for the Kindle, several weeks ago, and he is confident that Srinivas’s theory “is the future.”

“I’ve never met him before. I don’t know him from Adam. His father was a college professor. He went to I think Berkeley… and then he went and got other degrees and just kept going and going and going. He found his life completely empty and without meaning. And so he lost his job and was like, ‘You know what? I’m going to surf. I want to learn how to surf. I’ve always wanted to be a surfer. I’m going to learn how to surf. And then after the tide changes, I will go and I’ll put on a suit, and I’ll change in my car, and I’ll go and see if I can get a job someplace.’ But in that time period, he learned who he really was.”

Glenn explained that the book tackles the theme of overcoming fears – fear of failure, fear of being misunderstood, fear of being wrong – as to show the importance of following one’s own path and writing one’s own story.

“It’s fear of failure. It’s fear of what other people think. It’s fear of being wrong… The biggest fear of all: That I will be alone,” Glenn said of the book. “But there’s two sides to that coin: There’s faith and there’s fear. Faith teaches us you’re never, ever, ever alone. Fear begets more fear, and the ultimate fear of being alone… We are all born, we are all created, equal. What does that mean… In other words, we are all a blank canvas. We’re all a blank piece of paper, a blank page.”

Most people can wrap their heads around the idea of their life being a blank page, but can we wrap our mind around the idea that each and every day is a blank page? And if every day is a blank page, who is writing on those pages – is it you; is it your parents; is the government?

“Every day you open up your eyes, you can either start over again or you can continue writing on a page that you disagree with… And so you either continue writing it, or even worse, you have somebody else write it for you,” Glenn explained. “You can do it if you want. You can have your parents write it for you… You can let your boss write it… Who’s writing on your page? Many people want the government to write it now… But how can the government write it? How can anybody else write it? They don’t even know you. The story that anybody else will write for you is the one that pleases them, the one that will make them feel good, at your expense, one that will serve their needs, not yours.”

As the light rises on every day, you are given a choice: You can write your own story. You can write a bold adventure that will be told for generations to come… You can tell a story that is filled with lessons and learning and joy and pain. Or you can let somebody else write it for you. But I’m telling you now, it will be an etching, it will be a pencil line drawing. It will have no color in it,” he continued. “And I promise you, just when you feel like quitting, just when you feel that maybe you’re going to let somebody else write the story, I promise you that is the point when you’re about to do the most amazing work of your life. I don’t know if you’ve already started writing your story today. Write a new one. Start with a blank page. It is your choice. It is your life and no one else’s. Find your story, and maybe someday somebody like me will be lucky enough to tell it to others.”

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  • Brian Johnson

    No Glenn, socialism appeals because it represents justice and equality. The reason you preach against it is because you are incredibly selfish and greedy and are horrified at the thought of having to share some of your incredible wealth with people less fortunate. Well Glenn, I’m sorry to tell you but your worst fear is going to come true. Socialism is coming just as surely as your son is going to be gay.

    • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

      Socialism is not about justice and equality, it is only about control and power of a minority leading an all-encompassing governance, over the masses.

    • Anonymous

      Socialism as a theory or political philosophy sounds good before you implement it. When it becomes implemented, it becomes a government control and provider program. When it becomes abused by marxists/super control freaks who are no different than totalitarian leaders of any ideology, justice and equality are the last things practiced.

      I disagree with you about the long term prospects for socialism in the United States, assuming you are referring to EU member nation style. We will continue to have modified socialist programs, like Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and the like. Obamacare– Who knows? At the rate it is going, objectively speaking, I do not see it has any long term prospects. Corporate tax loopholes, agribusiness, farm subsidies, other favored status industrial subsidies–most of them pass under the radar of the average American or even media outlet; they will be with us forever. I view them in the same category, although they are masquerading as captitalist incentives.
      I also disagree with Beck on the appeal of socialism. I do not know where he hangs out, but fear of failure is not a sentiment I encounter a lot. In my world, most everyone is scrappy and working hard to get ahead–20-somethings upward. the younger electorate that helped to bring Barack Obama into office twice, have yet to learn the hard lessons of economics. So socialist ideas on the economy and the role of the government as provider is more appealing to them. They will learn as they age.

      • Brian Johnson

        Ahhh, a Beck head who isn’t a complete moron. Nice. The
        thing about abusive authorities is that in a democracy then can be stripped of their authority. Of course first we would need for Americans to quit being so gullible and second we would need to end the stranglehold that corporate interest have on our electoral process. I’m not sure about Glenn’s take on homosexuality but he is Mormon and once supported Santorum for president so he cant be too fond of our gay brothers.

        • Anonymous

          You assume too much Brian. A person has the right to approve or to not approve of a person and/or a person’s statements, actions, and beliefs. This does not mean they hold some deep seeded hatred for that person or even a group of people with similar beliefs. In so far I have never, ever heard a derogatory, hateful statement towards homosexual, bisexual, or transgender person or group. Just because a person does not agree does not mean they hate.

        • greywolfrs

          Hey stupid, this country is NOT a democracy, we are a Constitutional Republic or Representative Republic. You really should learn the difference between the two or you could just continue to be an uneducated dipshit.

          • Average Joe.

            He doesn’t understand. He’s a cult member.

          • Brian Johnson

            Actually we’re both or haven’t you noticed those elections we have every other year. Elections = Democracy Fucktard!

          • greywolfrs

            Elections do not mean a democracy. You are one ignorant M F er.

    • Flex Rockhard

      What’s sad is that you are promoting an ideology which, unfortunately,
      you don’t even understand, Brain. In order to have true socialism, one
      must take from those who produce and give it to those who don’t produce.
      That, in itself, creates an “unfairness” in the system. What you are
      essentially endorsing is one system’s patently unfair practices
      (Socialism) over perceived “unfairness” in a system which rewards those
      who actually produce. Taking that one step further, once the wealth of
      the producers has been taken from them and given to others, who will be
      producing anything at all? The aggrieved former producers certainly
      won’t be producing any longer…they’ve had their wealth stripped from
      them along with any incentive to even try to produce anything any
      longer. The ultimate end game of Socialism is total Statism. That is
      the ONLY way it can end up, since the system has stripped away any
      incentive to strive, to succeed on one’s own. Once that happens. pure
      apathy sets in and the government must intervene and assign jobs to
      people…since no one will actually want to do ANYTHING that requires
      more work than the lowest common denominator that gets the EXACT same
      compensation for less effort. Those of you who endorse this system
      simply can’t see beyond your own greed (yes, greed; that thing you
      accuse others of so fallaciously). You simply want what others have but
      lack the industriousness to go get it yourself. You and people like
      you, Brian, are simply lazy (both physically and intellectually). You have NO RIGHT to the fruits of others’ labors. That, my friend, is slavery. And, ultimately, that is what Socialism begets.

      • Draxx

        Flex, well said… the ignorance of people like Brian are astounding at times, how people could want an aristocracy overseeing slaves and want to be the dang slave while the’re at it…
        Because after a few years of taking from those that have and breaking them down into slaves too! We all lose in the end and a few get ridiculously wealthy and make everybody fear them!

        • Anonymous

          Brian doesn’t think he’ll be one of the slaves in a socialist society. He thinks he’ll be one of the governing elites who are worshiped like royalty and get to tell everyone else what to do. Even in the dire poverty of North Korea, there are small pockets of wealthy party elitists who are treated like mini gods. Brian looks forward to being one of those. But once he helps the pigs take over the farm, he’ll find out very quickly that pigs don’t like to share. He, too, will be kicked out of the farmhouse and into the leaky barn to live with the masses. Until that happens, he has no idea that he is just a useful idiot.

      • Anonymous

        You are totally right. Once the government takes everything away,
        people feel nothing but apathy and in the end they will feel worthless, especially, the older generation. The young will be the first to follow the flag, because they have been brainwashed by those who need followers, not free thinking individuals. It took almost 41 years until the East Germans awoke from their stupor but in Cuba and other communist countries they still are enslaved.

    • greywolfrs

      Another dunce heard from. Hey stupid, socialism does NOT represent equality. Socialism does not work, as the dolts at the top believe they are entitled to more, socialism breaks down EVERY TIME. True Capitalism is the only economic system that gives everyone the ability to have more or less, depending on whether they are willing to work for it or not. All people like you want is equal stuff without having to equally work for it. By the way, Socialism is NOT coming to the US. Nice try, but you morons will start the second civil war. I sure hope you are willing to die, because that’s exactly what you are going to get.
      On another note, I am sure the real Brian Johnson is offended by you using his name. Maybe you could just switch over to your other account, although I am sure Ian Hill would be equally offended. Moron.

      • Average Joe.

        Obama and Michelle will never go back to being equal. LMAO Their the Elite and everything they have stolen in life is theirs now. They did little to make other blacks “equal”, just unemployed.

        • greywolfrs

          They are equal alright, $.25 in lead makes them just as dead as anyone else and they can not take what they have stolen with them.

          • InvidiaAbsit AKA 800LbGorilla

            $0.25? Freakin’ inflation…

          • Average Joe.

            I wanted to let you know that earlier today I received my “Obamacare enrollment packet” from the White House.
            It contained:
            · An aspirin and a band-aid.
            · An ‘Obama Hope & Change’ bumper sticker
            · A ‘Bush’s Fault’ yard sign
            · A ‘Blame Republicans first, then anybody and everybody’ poster
            · A ‘Tax the Rich’ banner
            · An application for unemployment and a free cellphone
            · An application for food stamps
            · A prayer rug
            · A letter assigning my debt to my grandchildren
            · And lastly, a coupon for a machine that blows smoke up my ass.
            Everything was made in “China” and all directions were in Spanish.

            Keep an eye out. Yours should be arriving soon.

          • greywolfrs


  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Fear is the ultimate mind killer.

    This is the reason the Democrat Socialists use fear and all its sub-forms so often and so well: keep people on edge, grind them down, wear them out, and finally, out of pure exhaustion, they will submit.

    A nation of exceptional individuals never succumbs to that fear, for the exceptional people show and confirm, the individual can make a difference and challenge all to become exceptional in turn.

    • mspatdev

      I agree, but you have a tyrant and he is always blaming someone else for his mistakes. He has made it so very hard for people to get jobs and to create good jobs, then people get to discourage. They don’t have the get up and go and then they fail. If they have good people standing behind them, they will be able to accomplish anything. Then to, it depends on their makeup as to if they are going to stand up or lay down. Obammy has told so many people that we aren’t a good country, we are a great and an exceptional country. Why is it that people from all over the world want to come to America, the land of the free and they can accomplish anything? WE CAN DO IT AMERICA.

  • Anonymous

    “We’re not exceptional. We’re really not.”

    That’s right. Don’t hold back, Glenn. Tell some truth—-finally! Here, Glenn, let me help: Americans have become a very fucked up people. They love collectivism. They cry tears of pride over wars of aggression. They worship their Imperatorial leaders. Americans love Socialist Security. They love the sweet, sweet hustle of politicians.

    The politicians don’t just have Americans wraped around their little finger, the pols have Americans wrapped around their dick. Americans are getting it good and hard. And you know what? They love it. They beg for more just like a whore comes begging her pimp. The collectivist pimps have broken Americans. Now, Americans fully depend on government pimps to protect and provide bread and circus.

    And do you know what?

    The government pimps are just getting started. Soon, yes, very soon, the hunt for tax revenue shall begin. That right, tax rates will skyrocket— just like healthcare— because the pimps need more money to fund the American empire….

  • John Scott

    People today want things the easy way. Take the short cuts, stop working hard for it. I should not have too. Obama has put this in many young people’s minds. Your not going to make it without help and those that did make it without help need to help you.
    It goes back to Obama’s Black heritage that some people are owed stuff because of who they are. He has made people think they are entitled to things. But if you look at other socialists nations. They eventually fail because the workers become out numbered by takers. Revenues fall and governments go broke.

    • Draxx

      I remember growing up with the saying, “The things you work hard for are the Only Things Worth Having!”. But, anymore people are growing up with no parents in the home because they are out working and commuting. People need to make more time for being with their families to help teach things like this… and people that live with Truth, Honor, and Integrity don’t want handouts, maybe a helping hand here or there but not under constant scrutiny and slavery!!!

    • Sam Fisher

      Screw the easy way. How is someone going to learn if life is easy? Good post.

    • Anonymous

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      Speaking of free stuff.

      The best explanation for what is happening in America
      that I have heard. Can the USA survive given the following?

      The folks who are getting the free stuff don’t like the
      folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are
      paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the
      free stuff and their own stuff.

      The folks who are paying for the free stuff want the
      free stuff to stop, and the folks who are getting the free stuff want
      even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are getting.

      Now the people who are forcing the people to pay for
      the free stuff have told the people who are receiving the free stuff,
      that the people who are paying for the free stuff are being mean,
      prejudice, and racist.

      So the people who are getting the free stuff have been
      convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free
      stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free
      stuff, and giving them the free stuff in the first place.

      We have let the free stuff giving go for so long that
      there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free

      Now understand this. All great democracies have
      committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after
      being founded. The reason? The voters figured out they could vote
      themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to
      give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.

      Thomas Jefferson said it best: “The democracy
      (Republic) will cease to exist when you take away from those who are
      willing to work and give to those who would not.”

      The United States officially became a Republic in 1776,
      236 years ago. The number of people now getting the free stuff
      outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff. We had a chance to
      change that on November 6th, 2012 and blew it big time.
      Will the voters blow it again in 2014 and 2016?

      • mspatdev

        Voters will vote the right way providing the voting machines are cheating people. The states need to work on them or to go back to paper. Machines are great, but you can sure cheat with them. You need voter I.D., less fraud. When the different people go to court about them, you sure can see that obammy’s people are saying No and they will take you to court. If the voting machines work good and obammy has all of these people on it, then WHY DOESN’T his signature legislation work in obammycare.? They cheat, Cheat.

    • mspatdev

      I come from a long line of can-do people. We work hard for what we want. No hand outs from any one. We are survivors, as we have gone through a lot. We are resourceful, very dependable and very independent. Some times it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but we get back up and try again. I don’t know what freebies are and then I would feel guilty taking it. If someone else who needs it, then give it to them. I don’t like people that are able to do things themselves taking a lot of freebies. Depending on the circumstances.

  • Sam Fisher

    Jesus once said that you cannot serve both God and money and socialism is the worship of money. I have to wonder why Liberals think that Jesus would be down for this when he states clearly that we should worry more about what God wants us to do instead of the things of this earth but all socialism is worrying about getting more stuff. Why would Jesus join with a system where the father of Marxism and Socialism was an atheist. For Jesus to join hands with socialism he would have to deny his own father which is apart of him. It in not possible for Jesus to be God on earth and at the same time be a Socialist.

    • Brian Johnson

      Fuck Jesus and all his stupid sayings. He’s dead and they nailed his black ass up on a cross. Last time he’ll show his face around those parts.

      • Sam Fisher

        Why are you racist to Arabs that you got to make Jesus black in order for you to even mention him?

        • greywolfrs

          Don’t bother Sam. This idiot uses the name of the singer of AC/DC. His other account is Ian Hill, the bass player for Judas Priest. He is an idiot.

          • Sam Fisher

            I was wondering where I seen that name before.

          • greywolfrs

            That would be where, he actually thought he was fooling someone by using these names, he is a moron.

    • Anonymous

      Isn’t capitalism also about getting more stuff?
      Any economic system is naturally going to be based around how to distribute a limited amount of stuff. In any system somebody’s going to get more than they had in the other.
      Socialism just gives stuff to people who have none, in theory.

      • Sam Fisher

        But stealing from other people to do so.

      • greywolfrs

        Except the theory NEVER works. It has been tried time and again, but NEVER worked. It is a means to turn a society into a communist nation, from there, a totalitarian nation. That is what happens when socialism is tried. I know, left wing idiots think they can do it “right” and that will not happen, until you are all peasents.

      • mspatdev

        Only reason is that, is because obammy wants VOTES. He is bribing people.

  • landofaahs

    I am back. My duties to my clients have been accomplished. I now have time to respond to the social media. Socialism appeals to many people for a variety of reasons, a few that I will willingly state and take the arrows gladly. When women were given the right to vote, rightly or wrongly we entered into the forum a segment of our society who by their human nature seek protection from a stronger entity from a husband or an Uncle Sam. It is by nature that these things come to be and is not a disrespect of women. It’s the way God made us. You can deny, curse, hate or “LOVE” the way we were made made but it is the truth. Seeking protection is an understandable trait but it’s end is the one where we come to the point we find ourselves today. Go ahead and chastise me for all you are worth, but it is just “ONE” of the reasons we are where we are. Thank God we have that anchor to pull us to compassion through God’s grace through the feminine gender. Viva la difference. But let truth stand.

  • RichardIsGod, In the

    Americans are so dumb on what Capitalism is. They think it is has something to do with Money. They also think what Russia did was socialism and is the same thing as Communism.
    How can all you CapHeads explains Open Software? Not ONE EconoHead understands that this is Socialism This shit also works for all the FREE Education you fools are getting.

    • Yosemite Sam

      The Computer Geeks are laughing at these Varmints. We get all kinds of stuff for Free. It works because your Production and Distribution Cost approaches ZERO.

      EconoHeads, F’ing Lol. Wannabe Shrinks

  • Stuart Getchman

    socialism appeals to a lot of people because they see it work in their families. Very few people stop to think large picture or even outside of their family; that is why these big government proponents find such easy prey among people who care little for anything outside of living day to day. They see socialism work in their families and they are all the more happy to have it work on a larger scale.

  • Snorri

    Stealing someone’s property, food, wife, animals, land has been going on since Paleolithic times. The methodology has simply changed with time and civilization. Still violence, even mayhem, is a critical component. This is why socialists, communists, criminals and Democrats / RINOs fear an armed and informed citizenry. Control of information and disarmament are paramount for implementing theft. Unfortunately, the lure of getting “free” stuff or someone’s stuff finds a perverse place in human psyche made all the more acceptable by specious reasoning despite the damage to a society and the dead.

  • Steven Butterbaugh

    Socialsm is slavery. So when Obama talks about not wanting to return to the indignity of not having healthcare insurance, he fails to talk about the indignity of living in a country where everyone is compelled to live on order from the government. Now that is real indignity and one America has experience about.

    Socialism appeals to some because given that the government is taking over everything – and I mean everything – there is no future in enterprise. It’s even damned as nasty and dirty – all lies. Being an entrepreneur requires the utmost integrity or one doesn’t survive. Apparently such admirable traits have no value in politics and government – at least these days when they are in control. I’ve never seen America in worse spiritual shape than it is now.

    • mspatdev

      Besides ruling the country. If you want a job, you can’t get one unless you belong to the union. This country will be a union country.

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