Parallel paths and the dangers of hyperinflation

Unemployment at a historic high. The mood of the people is low and full of discontent. The country is fraught with social and economic tension, while the economy is on the verge of collapse. Millions are living in poverty trying to protect their families as turmoil, political destruction, and violence is abundant.The value of the dollar dramatically plunging as government recklessly prints money by the wheelbarrow to pay off a skyrocketing debt.

These conditions aren't far off from what faces America today, but on TheBlaze's hyperinflation special Wednesday night Glenn explained that these conditions were actually those of Germany at the end of the first World War as the Weimar Republic went through horrific hyperinflation. And while many would argue that the path to hyperinflation was a long and complex affair, the undeniable truth was that it was a result of the government printing money they didn't have in order to pay off the debt. Sound familiar?

Germany ended up having to print all that money for three key reasons: 1. Negative consequences of a deadly and expensive war 2. Economic crisis of unprecedented proportions 3. Social and class division.

As a result of the first World War, Germany had several punitive reparations placed on them by the Treaty of Versailles. As the loser of the war, they were supposed to pay back the Allies for all loss and damages the victorious countries incurred.

Germany also had expensive entitlement programs, including benefit programs for veterans that they could not afford to pay. German soldiers returning home had a difficult time re-entering society, and felt betrayed when the promised benefits were not there.

Germany simply could not afford to pay their debts, and citizens could not afford increased taxes. The costs of running the government increased, so the Weimar Republic began printing money. As prices surged, sometimes increasing exponentially over a single day, people realized they had to spend their money quickly before it lost its value (hyperinflation).

During this same period, Germany saw a rise in riots, anti-semitism, political violence, and unrest. With everyone's money becoming worthless, the institutions upon which these values were based eroded and so did the values themselves.

The deteriorating conditions left the German people desperate for a leader who could feed them, clothe them, and restore Germany to what it once had been. Coming out in strong opposition to the Weimar Republic, Adolf Hitler and the Nazis were able to eventually seize power by promising the German people a different path.

And we all know how that went.

Glenn explained on the show how today America is facing a similar situation. We stand at the edge of a fiscal cliff. We have an out of control national debt that we aren't able to pay. Our political leadership is deadlocked, and the Fed's solution is quantitative easing. In many way, America is following a parallel path to Germany in the 1920s.

So what do you do? Glenn explained that “In a crisis of chaos, only the most organized will take control.”

He explained there were three areas to focus on to organize and prepare:

1. Contact your governor. Tell them they get your states gold back. Strengthen local and regional banks. Make sure your state is as independent and secure as possible. Be self-sufficient at home and with your local community.

2. Get your children out of the public education system where they are being indoctrinated.

3. Change the media. Glenn is trying to do this with TheBlaze, but the truth is that the mainstream media is feeding the American people half-truth and lies. Look at primary sources, read with a critical eye, and question with boldness what the media is trying to tell you.

Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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