5 ways to survive the surveillance state

In the wake of the NSA whistleblower shedding light on the scope of the government surveillance practices, it may seem nearly impossible to maintain any type of cyber related security. But there are a few things you can do to protect your privacy, and yesterday TheBlaze reported “The Top Five Ways to Thwart the NSA and Government from Spying on You.”

“There’s a couple of things up on TheBlaze. There’s one: Five ways to thwart government spying,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “I don’t think any of them are any good, but let's count down from number five.”

While Glenn may not have been hugely impressed with the list, it does provide some feasible solutions that will help keep some of your information private.

NUMBER 5: Avoid cellphone tracking

Your cell phone company automatically records location data every time you make a call, so the only true way to avoid location tracking is to turn off your phone and remove the battery.

It is easy to think about tracking in regards to location services, but Glenn extended the concept even further – highlighting the risks associated with the microphones located in mobile devices.

“They offered a clue on how to save your cell phone, turn off the microphone,” Glenn said. “These things that we were talking about, we are talking about with the NSA, but remember, these are the things that the government's partner, Google, talked to me about. They said, ‘It's a good thing.’”

Take, for example, Apple’s Siri. “Siri will answer your questions before you even think of them. I said how is that even possible? Because it's going to read everything that you are reading, it is going to listen to all of your conversations, because it's an open mic,” Glenn explained. “When this thing is sitting here, my iPad is sitting here, your cell phone, it is an open mic, even if it is turned off, it is an open mic. The only way to stop it is to have a battery taken out of that device, which you can't do be with an Apple product.”

NUMBER 4: Secure phone conversations

Since the days of payphones have come and gone, there fewer ways to keep your phone conversations secure. Mobile encryption is one option – though when dealing with an agency as powerful as the NSA, attempts at private encryption will probably prove futile at best.

“There’s mobile encryption, but that doesn't work,” Glenn said. “I'm sorry, to say, if you are going up against the federal government, you don't have an encryption device that can really go up against the federal government.”

NUMBER 3: Encrypt, encrypt, encrypt

For companies that rely on cloud computing, encryption is key. Since companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Google provide the cloud services, the federal government can court order them to turn over the data.

“Encryption, again, is good. We have talked about it here. We have everything encrypted, but encryption is not something – encryption will stop your ordinary people,” Glenn said. “But if your enemy, for instance, because I'm in the news business, because we deal with hackers, we don't even trust the encryption. We are not dealing with hackers. We are trying to protect whistleblowers. We are dealing with the federal government. I don't know how much encryption I trust.”

NUMBER 2: Keep your browsing private

Despite how disenfranchised you might feel after reading through these privacy tips, there are several precautions you can take to keep your browsing private. From private mode to hiding your IP address, there are precautions you can take.

“Now, there are things that you can do,” Glenn said. “You can shutoff cookies and everything else off. And there are browsers, for instance, you can get a browser that is on a thumb drive, that you stick it into your computer and you browse and then you pull it out of the computer and it doesn't leave anything on the computer, but even that is really not effective when you are going against the government.”

NUMBER 1: Go off the grid

This is certainly extreme, but the only way to truly ensure your digital security is to get off the grid.

“That one would work,” Pat said laughing.

At his new ranch, Glenn is completely off the grid – a feat he is especially proud of.

“At my ranch, we are off the grid. We are entirely off the grid. There is not a piece of fiber or wire that runs,” Glenn explained. “I go up to the ranch, and we are off the grid, and I watch my kids, and I recognize their life. I urge you to do it as much as you possibly can. Get off it as much as you can.”

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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The corporate media is doing everything it can to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) roasted him for allegedly lying to Congress about funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China.

During an extremely heated exchange at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Paul challenged Dr. Fauci — who, as the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, oversees research programs at the National Institute of Health — on whether the NIH funded dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Dr. Fauci denied the claims, but as Sen. Paul knows, there are documents that prove Dr. Fauci's NIH was funding gain-of-function research in the Wuhan biolab before COVID-19 broke out in China.

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn and Producer Stu Burguiere presented the proof, because Dr. Fauci's shifting defenses don't change the truth.

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Critical race theory: A special brand of evil

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Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

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