John Stossel: “Market discipline is the only real protection”

Somehow libertarian John Stossel survived over 20 years at ABC before finally making it over to Fox. The man who Glenn described as, “one of my favorite guys on TV,” joined Glenn this morning on radio to discuss his new book, No They Can’t: Why Government Fails and Individuals Succeed.

Of the 28 years that Stossel spent at ABC, 20 of them were as a libertarian fighting the left and big government. John told Glenn that had “enough of winning Emmy awards and bashing business – I want to explain how government is the bigger problem …and that fight went on for 20 years.”

John’s new book explains a fascinating new theory: small government goes against intuition.

“They no they can't is a reaction to the Obama campaign’s "yes we can",” John told Glenn, “and that came to mean government – and I do think that's instinctive. When we're scared we think we have to turn to government for a solution.”

Stossel used the example of September 11th. “After September 11th I was scared in New York, and they said “we have to have government run airline security.” That made sense to me,” he told Glenn.

He went on to explain that the Senate voted 100 to 0 to federalize the TSA, which we now know isn’t very good. “People don’t know that it [the TSA] costs ten times the old screener costs,” John explained.

Stossel continued this point by using the example of San Francisco, the one big city that still allows the use of private screeners. The screeners are more friends and the lines move more quickly.

“By the TSA’s own tests they find more contraband,” he said. “They’re just better, because they’re a private company, and they don’t want to lose the contract and they do things like run contests for their screeners. It’s great.”

“You could have given me a $1 million. You could have put a $1 million prize. I could have polled the audience and phoned a friend, and we still wouldn’t have been able to guess which city has privatized security being San Francisco,” Glenn said. “How in the hell did that happen?”

John explained that the airport manager in that city just so happened to be the first to use the clause in the law that allows cities to opt out. The TSA has since begun to ignore this requests cities are putting in for the clause, because so many want to opt-out.

“Glacier national park in Montana, where they have triple the amount of traffic in summer, the TSA doesn't adjust the work force,” John said, “it’s a government bureaucracy.”

“You say intuition says corporations are out of control, and government has to police them,” Glenn said to John.

John explained that on the surface it seems much more complicated that market forces could protect you. It seems much easier that corporations need to be controlled so that they don’t go out of control. But, that’s not the case. The corporations get out of control when they don’t reap any of the consequences of their actions. “If they’re out of control, if they hurt their customers, they shrink – they go out of business,” John said.

“That makes sense,” Glenn said. “Because the financial sector is out of control, but it would have solved itself if they would have collapsed back in ’08. They would have learned their lesson.”

“And the investors would have been wiser,” Stossel added. “Market discipline is the only real protection.”

Glenn agreed with John, but no one is getting this message across to the American people.

“If it goes against intuition and the media will not put reasonable people on—maybe there's a flash of light here and there like you were on the ABC—but you can't get into the system to say the American people, ‘look I know your gut says this, but it's the wrong way to go.’ How do you change that? How do you get people to say I want small government?” Glenn asked John.

“I think there's one simple way,” John answered. “You give all your friends a copy of No They Can’t: Why Government Fails and Individuals Succeed.”

“So your book is the key to happiness, and Utopia?” Pat joked. “Wow.”

“It's a Libertarian's dream, and something that we need to read, understand and be able to explain to our friends,” Glenn concluded, “because their gut will tell them the opposite way to go.”

On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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