Glenn came up with 40 predictions over the holiday and they were pretty wide-ranging, from medicine, tech, culture, politics, war — you name it. Some seemed pretty optimistic, while others were downright catastrophic. But hey, they wouldn’t be true Glenn Beck predictions if that wasn’t the case, right?
Below are his predictions that were specifically related to “politics.”
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GLENN: Today we posted at GlennBeck.com, we’ve broken my 2018 predictions down into four different categories, and these, I do not put these into the category — mulch I do — of like the caliphate. This is me looking for things that I say, okay, so what’s trending? What do I think is going to happen? You know. Some of the predictions that I have made in the past, quite honestly, I don’t — I didn’t have to think about those. They just — they just hit me. So I just want to separate — these are Glenn predictions, if you will, that I sat down and said, okay, so what are the trends doing.
So I put a few predictions down, and I think some of them are right, but we’re asking you to vote and for the next couple of days, they will be broken up in chunks. Today, they’re all political, and you can find them at GlennBeck.com.
STU: And the idea is to rank them as to what is the most likely to come true.
GLENN: And some of them are going to be hard. There are some of them that have several predictions in each one. You know what I mean? And so, you know, which one is going to come true? Which one do you think —
STU: You’re not backing out of this? Is that what’s haggle?
GLENN: No. 40 of them and there’s going to be 39 that you’re going to be able to beat me with a stick on next year.
So here’s prediction #1. The freedom movement will experience a bit of a renaissance. Both in the US and globally. In the US, this will mostly manifest at the local level of and be primarily pushed by millennial and Generation Z voters, who will be completely disenchanted by the two major political parties. We’ll see hundreds of new candidates from new political parties running in state, county, and local elections, both Democrat and Republican parties will be forced to contend with significant weakness in recruiting and retaining younger voters, ultimately forcing them to change their platform stances to accommodate millennial and postmillennial/Generation Z ideas and positions.
Also, a new understanding of a kinder and more ethical capitalism will be rediscovered by millennials over socialism in the coming years. A new strain of, quote, nonhippie Libertarianism will be formed. We’ll see the early signs of this movement in 2018. It will be the alternative to a Bernie Sanders-style socialism. What do you think?
STU: I’m going with disagree on that one.
STU: Yeah, that’s not happening.
STU: Yeah. The American people don’t care about that stuff anymore. I honestly do think that, like, there is —
GLENN: This is driven by millennials, though. I think they do care.
STU: I don’t care —
GLENN: They don’t care about the parties and they don’t believe in any of that. But they actually —
STU: I disagree! They’re super passionate about the parties. If anything has been taught to us over the past couple of years, I think, is that people really freakin’ care about that red versus blue battle. It is the most important thing in politics that they care about. It’s that. And look, that summarizes a lot of things. A lot of things that are really material. Real policy differences. There’s a lot of in there. I just don’t think that’s the primary concern of people who are — the average person who’s not listening to 15, 30 hours of talk radio every week. The average person cares only about that red versus blue battle. So the idea that they’re going to lock into some third party or out of the system thing, I disagree with that.
GLENN: I just think that millennials, generally speaking, are going to — they’re so disgusted by all of it, they don’t believe either side. They believe one side or the other more, but they don’t — they’re disgusted by it, and it’s going to get worse and worse and worse. And they’re just a new — I think there is a new attitude coming with the leaders of millennials.
Remember, it takes 10% to really change things. 18% is the tipping point. I’m not talking about 18% of millennials doing this.
STU: I think 4 of them doing anything would be a —
GLENN: Don’t count those guys out.
STU: I’m not counting them out, but I do think that we’re seeing now, in my opinion, is more of an association of, yeah, you’re right. They’re sick of it. They’re sick of the way things are going. But what that — how they crystallize that in their own lives is, attacking the other side. They’re sick of that — those people. Not themselves.
GLENN: So in this, both Republican and Democratic parties will be forced to contend with significant weaknesses in recruiting and retaining younger voters.
What that includes in there is the Democrats are going to move to more socialist ideas. They are going to — the Bernie Sanders thing, and I don’t know if it will be with Bernie Sanders, but the Bernie Sanders thing, socialism is going to become very, very popular. But at the same time, a new understanding of freedom, one that actually — one that is — that actually believes in diversity, that actually says, yeah, I don’t care if you get married or not. The government shouldn’t be involved. I don’t care what you — if you go to church or you don’t go to church. The government shouldn’t be involved. Are you a decent person? Are you hurting people? Are you, like, stealing money? Are you trying to take people’s stuff? Are you trying to kill people? It’s going to be boiled down to a much simpler, more Constitutional Bill of Rights kind of freedom on the other side.
STU: I feel like we’re both looking outside and seeing really dark clouds, and I’m predicting rain, and you’re predicting suntan time. You’re predicting laying out by the pool. And it’s 40 degrees, and for some reason, you’re thinking it’s all going to clear and go to 80 later on in the search if we get your bathing suits on.
GLENN: I cannot believe how much we’ve flipped places.
STU: You are way more optimistic on this. I have no hope on these things.
GLENN: You used to be the guy saying the exact opposite to me.
STU: Yeah, that’s true. And I’ve been proven wrong! Clearly.
GLENN: Okay. Next prediction. Churches will continue to lose power and influence through 2018. Those who preach politics over principles and power over people in their own communities will lose more and more influence. The more hell fire that is preached, the bigger the hit. Although in times of strife and demagoguery, these flourish for a short time. But they will collapse.
Traditional institutions that claim to be infallible and that discourage thought and honest questions on their own doctrine will be hardest hit.
At the same time, megachurches that are more show will suffer and shed sheep to flocks who embody through quiet and humble action a simple, happy, and charitable life.
STU: That’s interesting. I mean, because you were talking about millennials. What is it, now, a third of millennials think that church does more damage to society than good for society.
I mean, I think you’re right. The one place you should be able to chase principle with no pragmatism at all is church. You should never make a church-based decision, when you’re talking about faith-based things that’s related to pragmatism. I want to go into church and then to tell me the thing that seems most obvious is the thing you shouldn’t do, because of this guiding principle from this book that’s really old, and we’ve been talking about for a long time.
STU: And I think a lot of churches have gone — and we’ve certainly seen on the left, and I think increasingly on the right, that have looked at the world and have formed their message based on the world and how it’s moved, rather than a — you know, a stone tablet, right? The place where it lives all the time and never changes.
GLENN: Yes, but it’s also — I think there’s a difference now coming on — on action. I do not want to just go sit in a church. I want to — I want something that changes my life. I want something that goes out and does good. I want to be involved in doing things and helping people, and show it to me. Don’t talk to me about it. Let’s do it.
STU: And feel it, right?
GLENN: Yeah. I think that’s what’s coming. I think the pomp and circumstance, the traditional ways that we have connected religiously are falling away, and the churches that figure out that a church is just a place, it’s a building. Real church, you should be in all the time. And it’s everywhere. It’s everywhere you go. And it’s how you live your life I think those will prosper. We’ll see. More in a second.
STU: GlennBeck.com is the place to go and see all of his predictions on politics. You can also sign up for the newsletter and get them all at once.
GLENN: And vote for them.
STU: And vote to see which one you think is most likely to happen and which one you think has no freakin’ chance, you’re going to have lots of opportunities on that.