Incredible Charlie Chaplin audio: The Great Dictator

Glenn opened the radio program this morning with Charlie Chaplin’s infamous final speech from the 1940 film ‘The Great Dictator’ that excoriates the principles of big government. The speech was certainly brave at the time because Americans were being sold, through FDR and others, the idea that bigger, more powerful government was the solution to their problems.

“I want to start where no show in America would ever start,” Glenn said. “A little Charlie Chaplin.”

“That's Charlie Chaplin at his best. Charlie Chaplin, at a time when the world was coming undone in 1939, films this,” Glenn said in reaction to the clip. “When no one in America really wants to face what's going on in Germany. And he mocks the dictator. He mocks Adolf Hitler. And gives perhaps one of the best speeches and one of the best film performances I have ever seen – and definitely the bravest of the day.”

That’s not to say the speech was not without its problems though.

“The only problem with this is at the very end it goes awry,” Glenn continued. “He starts to talk about progress. And its spirit is right, but you can see the touch again of the day. What's changed from the 1940's to today, we have a chance in the first time, in 110, 115 years, we have the chance to rid ourselves of this idea that fascism or fascism-light, a dictatorship, a collective that rules over every one else, is a good idea.”

In order to stay in power, progressive leaders are forced to marginalize the principles of individual liberty and freedom. These so-called leaders say those values are old-fashioned. Truth be told, they are not, and freedom has spread around the world because of the technological advances of the 20th century.

“They say we live in the past. We don't live in the past. We believe man should be free. That is an eternal principle, something that happens in the past, happens in the future, and happens in all time. Man was born to be free and follow the dictates of his own spirit. That's not an old dusty idea. That is an idea that has just become a reality for the entire world because of technology,” Glenn said. “He talks about because of radio and the motion picture, we now can be brought together. Because of radio, he says, millions can hear my voice. But he, in this speech, on freedom, he is even saying because of radio, millions can hear my voice, for the first time in human history. Millions, if not billions can hear every voice. Because of technology and the Internet, the smallest voice on the planet can be heard all around the world. And that is what they fear the most… We’re entering an age again of collectivism, and we've seen what collectivism does over and over again.”

Glenn then made a bold declaration: Don’t ever let anyone tell you the United States is over. In fact, in Glenn’s opinion, our country is not over, it has actually just begun. Why?

“For the last 110 years, no one really understood, nor did they pay attention to what was really happening. The progressives said, ‘We are communists. We agree with the communist ideals, but we don't agree with revolution. We're Americans and we don't agree with revolution.’ That was the difference… And we forgot and we didn't listen. And they wormed their way into our universities,” Glenn said. “When our own president, Woodrow Wilson said, ‘Finally, the people of Russia can truly be free,’ the world celebrated and the people who understood liberty went to sleep. They started to believe that some sort of authoritarian rule is better than true freedom.”

We may have fallen asleep, but we have now woken up. As Glenn explained, we have done our homework, and we now understand who these people are and what their end goal is. Eight years ago, under the Bush Administration, Glenn did not fully understand the scope of progressive movement and its influence. He did not realize that the Bush Administration’s policies were part of the problem. But he has woken up and so have you.

“You did your own homework,” Glenn said. “You realized, ‘Oh my gosh, everything that I thought I believed is wrong. Everything I thought I knew is wrong.’ You had courage.”

“The only things worth saying are the things that nobody will say. Those people that knew we were corrupt and we were on the wrong path. Those were the people ringing the bell. ‘You cannot do the Patriot Act because it will turn into something.’ And the rest of us were stupid. And the rest of us said, ‘No, we trust that guy.’ We were foolish,” Glenn admitted. “The United States of America, eight years ago could have been destroyed because we didn't know what it was, and we didn't know what the real disease was. We didn't know what the problem was. We didn't know how we lost liberty. We didn't even know what real liberty was. We were slaves under the state and we didn't even know it.”

The way Glenn sees it, we are on the eve of destruction – but we are also on the eve of a rebirth.

“We're on the eve of destruction. This country is about to be destroyed in this way: The progressive, utopian, collective, socialist state of America is going to be destroyed. It will be destroyed,” Glenn said. “[But] your country is about to be reborn. It's not destroyed. It's not going to look anything like it looks now. It's not.”

“It's going to be a lot of work. Our life is going to change. Our country is going to change,” he continued. “But God didn't have anyone to entrust the country to until now. It couldn't destroy itself because there weren't millions of Americans all around the country that understood where we went wrong, so they could never put it back together again,” he continued. “Don't you ever, ever, ever say things that are not true like, ‘the United States of America is over,’ because the United States of America is about to be reborn. It was over 110 years ago. We're on the verge of finding it again.”

There's been a lot of talk about the idea of a (peaceful) "national divorce" as the Left continues to abandon everything that made America what it is. Well, this week's guest on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" is all for that divorce. Michael Malice is the author of "The Anarchist Handbook" and host of the podcast "Your Welcome." He joined Glenn to talk about how an anarchist would peacefully take on America's greatest challenges — with a smile.

"My rights are not up for discussion," Malice told Glenn. He explained why his version of America will save America, and why, in spite of anxious talk of "national divorce," he has so much hope for the future.

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There are new curriculum standards being implemented into schools throughout the nation for health classes that not only go far beyond what's appropriate for young children, but are entrenched in clear political biases, too. Under the standards, third-graders are taught about hormone blockers and endless gender identities, and topics get shockingly graphic for kids as young as 11. Some schools are even teaching their teachers and kids to ignore what parents have to say about these topics. And the worst part may be that many parents are completely unaware what their children are being taught.

Tina Descovich, co-founder of Moms for Liberty, joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain exactly what you can ask at your next school board meeting to ensure this "horrifying" curriculum isn't being taught in your kid's school.

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It should come as no surprise that a newsworthy story receives more media coverage when released on a Monday than a Friday. The reason is in part due to a large number of news-consuming Americans checking out for the week to focus on their weekend plans rather than the news.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck shared information that President Joe Biden decided to release on Friday — when fewer people would notice — regarding the Climate Finance report. This report is marketed to Americans as "A Roadmap To Build a Climate-Resilient Economy." But Glenn believes the report to be Biden's Great Reset warning shot to banks.

In this clip, Glenn warned that if Americans don't stand together, in eight years we all indeed will own nothing. Watch the clip for the full story. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.



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On today's radio program, Glenn Beck was joined by Bill O'Reilly to discuss the top stories of the week.

For O'Reilly, the biggest story this week centered around someone mysteriously missing from mainstream media news reports today: Mark Zuckerberg. Specifically, O'Reilly said it's the 'scandalous' way the Facebook CEO spent nearly $420 million to influence the 2020 election — and did so successfully.

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