Glenn: Individuals can change the world

On radio this morning, Glenn reflected on some of the news stories of the day that are shaming private businesses into making certain decisions. As Glenn explained, private businesses have the right to make decisions and operate as they see fit, and he proceeded to dive into a monologue that considered the ever-changing role of gatekeepers and the power of the individual to overcome those barriers to entry.

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Below is an edited transcript of the monologue:

There’s a story about Amazon. Amazon is getting pushback because they’re in dispute with some publisher – and I don’t know what even the dispute is about – but they don’t want to sell these books made by this publisher. So people are standing up and saying, ‘Amazon can’t silence my book.’ Yes, they can. They’re a private company. Yes, they can.

This is where freedom of speech and freedom gets ugly. Yes, they can. I don’t have a problem with it unless it’s a regulated industry. In other words, if the government said, ‘No one else can sell books online except… Amazon.com and iBooks… And if you want to, you got to come through us.’ Well, then you have a problem because then a publisher cannot get his book out. But if all the private companies, in an unregulated situation, decide, ‘I don’t want to do it,’ then nobody is there to force them to do it. You can’t force people to do it, if it’s all purely private.

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They’re making the case that Amazon is crushing voices. No, Amazon has the right to do that as long as it’s not a government regulated industry. And government regulation is the problem. If I can start selling books myself online, I may not be able to compete and make it as good as Amazon right at the very beginning. It’s like WalMart. WalMart started out with a guy’s truck, man.

For some reason, this Disney prospectus is going around. There’s like the second story I’ve read and the Huffington Post has a story about the prospectus of Disneyland that I have, and they’re showing pictures of it on the Huffington Post today. I don’t know why. But the most amazing thing about that is in 1953, he was told no by the banks. But there was no government regulation. Think of the restrictions of this. October of 1953, he’s turned down. He needs $17 million. He’s turned down by all of the banks. By the end of 1953, beginning of 1954, he has financing. So he gives it the green light in the beginning of 1954. Summer of 1955, he has purchased the orange field in California, cleared all of the land, built all of the infrastructure, designed and built all of the rides, all of the merchants, done all of the publicity for it, and opens the gates in 18 months. There’s no way you get even the ground study in 18 months [today]. That’s when a man was free.

Now, let me ask you this. I’m using Walt Disney because I relate to him. I thought about this the other day. Imagine America, what would we be like if Walt Disney never lived? What would America be like if Walt Disney never lived? How much history would have been lost? How much joy would have been lost? How much would we not believe in the entrepreneur in a one man can make a difference? Think of that. Walt Disney, he was not the smartest guy in the room. He had sheer willpower. The same thing with Steve Jobs. It was sheer willpower. Pixar did not want Steve Jobs… In the end, they had to take the offer from Steve Jobs. But everything he did was sheer willpower. ‘No, guys, we’re doing it. Let’s go. We’re doing it.’

Can a man still do that? We’re building this network. Yes, you can build a television network. You can build a successful television network, successful book publishing company. You can build a successful new charity. You can even make your own jeans and sell them and make that a success. Yes, you can do all of those things. Now, can you get the mass distribution? I can’t build a mass distribution platform anymore. You cannot build Comcast. You have to go through the government. So I can only build so much. And then the gatekeepers start. That’s what we came away from. That’s what we wanted to escape – the gatekeepers. And that’s what they’re putting everywhere. Sure, you can educate yourself. Go ahead. Do your home-schooling thing. Of course, if you do that, you have to take the SAT, and you won’t make it to college. But go ahead. You can do that. They will only allow you to get so much. And the rest of it, if you want the real prize, you play ball.

Look at this with political parties. You really think you can get elected? I did. I used to believe that a man could just go be who he is and then become the president of the United States. I don’t believe that anymore. You can only go so far, and then the uber powerful along with their parties and their machinery step in.

Now, I hope we find that to be incorrect. I didn’t believe in gatekeepers three years ago. I believe they believed they existed. I just believed you could get around them. I’m still looking for the way around them. I do believe there’s a back door somewhere. We’re going to short-circuit this system somehow or another. It’s going to work. But because of the sheer willpower that it takes, how many Disneys are we missing? How many people have given up in our society because they believe the lie: You can’t make it? How many Steve Jobs? How many teachers? How many great conservative thinkers? How many great actors that are conservative that just didn’t make it? Couldn’t make it. Stacked against them. How many great writers?

When we first started writing books, Rush Limbaugh was an anomaly. That’s what they told us. What Rush Limbaugh did is an anomaly? Excuse me? He sold like 650 million books. What are you talking about? ‘Well, that’s Rush Limbaugh.’ Yeah, he’s not the only one who makes us good points, you know. ‘Yeah, well, Conservatives don’t read.’ How many great conservative minds, how many great conservative professors have been lost because they’ve been ground up into little bits. Some have been humiliated. Quite honestly, how many of them became just raging alcoholics because their spirits were crushed?

We have the opportunity to be so much better than we are. There is a new day coming, a new dawn coming. There really is. I was listening to Pandora yesterday, and I’m hearing this group. And I’m like, ‘Wow, I like that song.’ I hear another group I had never heard. ‘Man, I like that, too.’ I’m a radio guy. I’m a broadcaster. I remember when the record companies used to come into the hallway and wait to meet with people like me. I remember being 18 and seeing the record producers come and wait in the hallway and beg the program director of WPGC in Washington, D.C., ‘Just give this song a chance.’ The graft that used to happen, the games that used to happen… that’s the way the system worked. It was corrupt. Now, you can record something on your phone that is good enough and could be heard anywhere. Millennials don’t. Baby boomers do. Really? Where is the individual in that?

I believe in the power of the individual. I believe there is a millennial living in America now who will change our world for the better. There is a millennial that is living in America right now that will change the landscape of technology. There is a millennial in America right now that will change the landscape of politics in America for the better. There is a millennial living in another country who will move to the United States and change the way we communicate with each other through a form of communication that we don’t even understand yet. We don’t even know of. There’s a millennial living somewhere who will see America as a faded shining city on a hill and find the way to make it shine again because I believe one person changes the world.

Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and, yes, Stalin and Hitler and Bin Laden – the struggle of good versus evil. It’s the struggle of one individual, and their one struggle between good and evil that changes things. I choose to focus on the good, to believe in the good, to pray for the good, to expect the good, to demand the good because… I’m still lucky enough to believe that the vast majority of people are good. They’re courageous. They’re tireless. They’re decent. They’re loving. They fear God.

It’s not the collective. Enough with the collective stereotypes. Believe in the individual. Which means if you do believe, like I do, it’s up to you to be good. It’s up to you to be decent. It is up to you to be loving. And then look for the ripples. It is the ripples that will save the world. Today, make some. Make just one ripple.”

  • Rd

    Ok “Believe in the individual” then what? Someone told me once, “Don’t try to change their minds, try to redirect their will. Give them something else to get behind.” ….Good advice….what’s the game plan Glenn? Your microphone make your the quarterback…it’s time to call an audible. (my two cent’s)

  • Boo Radley

    This may sound condescending but it’s really not.
    Why on earth has no-one close to you(Glenn Beck) helped you w/some treatment yet?
    It’s so far beyond obvious.

  • landofaahs

    Only Christ’s second coming will change this world because it is still a world of sin. The world goes on as it has until Christ comes and brings judgment.

  • Andrea Densley

    “…Believe in the individual. Which means if you do believe, like I do,
    it’s up to you to be good. It’s up to you to be decent. It is up to you
    to be loving. And then look for the ripples. It is the ripples that will
    save the world. Today, make some. Make just one ripple.” –I stand behind this thought. It is true. I need to have more courage and passion for a “shiny” America again. Let’s be decent and loving today.

  • http://daveposh.org/ Dave Posh

    Thank you Glenn Beck et al. for posting this. At times, I am prompted to share a segment of your show and this was the case today for the second half of your 3rd hour. I have already replayed and recorded this segment on my computer with the intention of posting it on youtube so I could share it with my friends and followers on Facebook and twitter. Then I looked at my Notifications on Facebook and saw ‘Glenn Beck added a new photo: “I believe in the power of the…”‘. You have already done it!

    In the “edited” transcript that accompanies your audio/video (thank you for including both here, sometimes facial expressions add much to the audio), it is the last three paragraphs that caused me to hear my prompting. That is what I planned to edit my recording down to. The transcript is good, but not exact; I will post an exact transcript of the last three paragraphs. Again, thank you to Glenn Beck and the team at TheBlaze.com and GlennBeck.com (the et al. mentioned at the beginning of my comment).

  • James Simcoe

    glen beck is a coward and a traitor! enjoy your fema camp glen. i can not believe i used to listen to you. what an idiot i was.

  • http://truthofg.blogspot.com/ Connor Kenway

    The only way it will happen if their is enough good people left to do so. I do not think their is enough to make a difference.

  • Valk-Orion Yoder

    To quote an Orthodox Rabbi on the impending return of the Zombie Palestinian Jew “He tried once, he will NOT try again”

    Keep waiting on your Rex Mundi to scoop you up and coddle you to make it all better, because he is not and it will not.

  • Valk-Orion Yoder

    And you still are. Keep up with that though I heard there is great fortunes to be had in the dumb @$$ conservative radio world. I mean look at Beck, to stupid for HLN, to crazy for Fox, does a show where he is the man in the moon doing a monologue (FYI sure sign of a narcissist but those of the religious wrong call him a Prophet and that he has had a born again moment even though he belongs to the church of satan as the SBC calles the Mormons) but hey some how he has credibility still. God Bless Capitalism, and stupid people.

  • Anonymous

    Val Orion Yoder. If Jesus Christ is not Christ, than why are you so addimint to stop a negative? Why waste your time and effort to prove something you don’t be-leave in?
    Unless, you are so full of hate towards Jesus Christ that you can’t help but blow up any time someone refers to Him. And what gives you the right to push your lack of religion and respect on other people?

    Consider yourself blessed Landofaahs. For it is written “If they have persecute Me, they will persecute you also.” John15:20.

  • Anonymous

    Everything begins with trying. Some will, some won’t, and some are to stupid to bother with. I will.

  • Crassus

    I don’t necessarily agree with your conclusion but the answer is pretty simple. Beck still signs the checks of his lackeys. If Beck goes off the air or they try to criticize the boss then they’re off the gravy train.

  • maccamcfc

    I wonder how he would react if the stopped selling his books, I don’t think he would as blasé as he is about this.

  • landofaahs

    I reject your comments because you are an idiot. But I wish you a good day……And God Bless.

  • landofaahs

    Not only that but if you challenge Mormonism with truth, your posts somehow don’t get posted. Mormons believe Jesus and Satan are brothers. This is heresy of the worst form.

  • landofaahs

    Let me be clear. WE WILL NOT CHANGE THE WORLD. Christ will do that. Jesus and Satan are not brothers. Anyone who says they are, are liars and deny what God has said in his word the “BIBLE”. Mormonism is not Christianity, it is equivalent to Islam that says they believe in Jesus but deny what Jesus is and said about himself.

  • Reliquary

    How pathetically silly. I am sure Glen Beck is more then aware that Amazon could stop selling his books or anything published by his company at anytime they choose. But, Amazon is not stupid. Glen Beck sells and they are more then happy to sell his books. It isn’t even a good analogy. A better analogy would be a private party trying to force Glen Beck or the Blaze to carry MSNBC programming. Now maybe you see the stupidity of it clearly…Perhaps not. No, I do not blindly follow or hang on every word from the mouth of Glen. In fact his Mormonism does cause me some theological winces. But his honest conservative views are clear and to the point spot on. Now, having said all that i really wish you all had said something more substantial and and to the point rather then meaningless character assassinations of Glen Beck. Please try to grow a backbone and adjacent spinal cord with attached brain.

  • IT IT IT

    That DEADLY —DEADLY —-ever deployed
    ————————ARMINIAN HERESY.
    It takes down LITERALLY every one of these
    self appointed tent show ‘spirituality’ ops.
    DEADLY, DEADLY.
    CHECK OUT the background for yourselves.
    CHECK OUT the kickoff with CHARLE G FINNEY
    back in 1800s upstate New York.
    FINNEY yet another ‘on the go’ MAY—SIN,
    ——–much like JOSEPH SMITH and, a bit later,
    ———————JOHN D ROCKEFELLER.
    They operate thru ‘bennie violence’ –’free willism’
    and ‘empoerment’. Americans are especially vulnerable
    to this fraud thanks to their morbid gregariousness.
    BEWARE!

  • IT IT IT IT 9

    ARMINIAN HERETIC —-’EAR CON’ and ‘EYE CON’ —RED ALERT!

  • Anonymous

    Don’t think he’s building a network anymore. Had lots of good years, though.
    Things are changing.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Beck,
    “What would America be like if Walt Disney never lived? How much history would have been lost? How much joy would have been lost?”
    God has backups for such things – he would have simply raised up a Walt with another name and opened to that Walt the path of imagination (So joy not be lost).
    Walt was most likely the first choice for that task but another would have come if Mr.Disney had been unable.
    When mankind needs a nudge this way or that God does not give that nudge by Nations or Peoples.. He nudges the right individual (and opens for them the necessary doors).
    Thank you.

  • Anonymous

    A Warriors Plea

    As I think about those who
    have paid with there lives to protect our Freedom. I wonder what they
    are thinking now as they watch us throwing it away with out much of a
    fight? I know many veterans are asking themselves DO THE AMERICAN
    PEOPLE WANT THOSE WHO HAVE ALREADY SERVED OR ARE CURRENTLY SERVING.
    TO STAND BETWEEN THEM AND THOSE VIOLATING THEIR OATH! WHO HAVE NO
    RESPECT FOR THE PRINCIPLES THEY SENT OUR WARRIORS OVERSEAS TO FIGHT
    FOR? THEY IN KNOW WAY WILL START A CONFLICT OR REVOLT VIOLENTLY TO
    FORCE FREEDOM ON OTHERS. SO DO THE PEOPLE WANT OUR WARRIORS TO LEAVE
    THEM ON THEIR OWN TO DEFEND THEMSELVES FROM CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR BY
    THOSE IN GOVERNMENT? THIS IS THE PEAL OF EVERYONE I HEAR WHO TOOK
    THEIR OATH TO DEFEND THE CONSTITUTION SERIOUSLY!

    What would those who have
    sacrificed all say about our answer to that question?

    Why did we ask them to
    risk everything to protect those freedoms if we are so willing to
    just hand them over to buy us a few more months, or years of
    normalcy!

    Why do we take them from
    their families to fight for freedom all over the world and give away
    like we don’t value it as much as football or what ever our love is!

    Why do we expect them to
    come home and watch their country be over run by criminals
    masquerading as government officials?

    Why do so many think we
    have the right to force our will on our fellow Americans by a
    majority vote?

    SO if I get a majority to
    vote that we all have a right to do what ever we want to the
    politicians does that make it LEGAL?

    Why do we think we have
    the power to play GOD with the lives of our fellow Americans and
    others around the world?

    BECAUSE WHEN WE VIOLATE
    THE LIMITS ORDAINED BY THE CONSTITUTION WE ARE BREAKING GOD’S LAW AND
    THE SUPREME LAW OF OUR GOVERNMENT CONTRACT!

    So maybe we should rewrite
    the constitution to read as follows!

    WE THE PEOPLE IN ORDER TO
    FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION DO ORDAIN AND ESTABLISH THIS SET OF
    GUIDELINES FOR THE UNITED STATES ON SLAVERY!

    Article 1 We will
    establish 75,000 laws and regulations to ensure that everyone is a
    felon and thus only has rights until we can sort out the data from
    the nsa and make a case against you if you piss us off!

    ARTICLE 2 We will
    establish the NSA, FBI, EPA, TSA, IRS, BLM, FDA, BATF, and numerous
    other agencies to Suppress and abuse the people at their will to make
    sure you don’t piss off those in power at the time.

    Article 3 Our Corporate
    partners will force their product down your throat as they desire and
    if you resist or refuse to use them we will send someone from one of
    the a fore mentioned agencies to stick a gun in your face and force
    compliance or terminate you with extreme prejudice!

    Article 4 we will
    experiment on you and you children at will in every way to make sure
    we are getting what ever we want from you while preventing any
    ability for you to resist our will!

    Article 5 We will seize
    all resources and property and give you what we determine you need to
    fulfill our will!

    Article 5 YOU WILL WORSHIP
    THOSE IN POWER AS GODS FOR THAT THEY ARE AND YOU EXIST BY THEIR GOOD
    GRACES SO DON’T PISS US OFF!

    Well I think you get the
    picture and I wish this was a gross exaggeration of where we are in
    our nation today but it is only a mild exaggeration and one really
    major crisis away from reality!

    For those in politics who
    are conservative and fighting to stop this insanity in any meaningful
    way you had better start asking yourself. Who are you going to call
    when they come for you like they did the CONSERVATIVE GM DEALERS
    DURING THE FINANCIAL CRISIS!

    If you think they will
    give any quarter to those who they don;t like even if you betray us!
    Your a fool who has no clue about History and what these people have
    been planning for decades!

    IF YOU DON’T SUPPORT THOSE
    WILLING TO SERVE AGAIN HERE NOW THEY WON’T BE THERE WHEN YOU FINALLY
    REALIZE YOU WERE A FOOL!

    I offer these FREE
    DOWNLOADS OF SONGS I RECORDED FOR YOU TO PONDER THESE QUESTION WITH.

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  • Hitched

    Know liberty. Sow liberty’s seeds. Reap the rewards: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0094KY878

  • Glenn Coughlin

    Glenn Coughlin once again shows us how egocentric and naïve he is.
    First, he tries to discuss his opinion about government overreach but simply can’t stay the course because he immediately starts to talk about his “struggles”, his “courage”, etc…
    Then, of course, he ignores how the government is needed (from time to time) to protect the rights of oppressed Americans. In a nut shell, Glenn Coughlin supports businesses that practice racial segregation and religious bigotry.
    Could this possibly be why his career is slowly flushing itself down the drain?

  • Todd A Scheller

    Are you not Glenn Coughlin?