David Horowitz opens up his journey from the progressive left to the conservative right

On radio this morning, David Horowitz, author of The Black Book of the American Left and founder of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, joined Glenn to discuss his remarkable journey from being one of the founding members of the New Left in the 1960s to a conservative Republican.

Last night, we had David Horowitz [on the Glenn Beck Program]… and he's an amazing icon and hero,” Glenn said. “I collect rare books, important pieces of history. And David has put a new book out, The Black Book Of The American Left. It's the first in a series of nine that he's putting out to document what happened to us and who did it to us. I am hopeful that he will send me each one autographed because I want to put it in the library. I really, truly believe this is the documentation that is missing on what happened to us and who did it and how it all works.”

To start, Glenn asked David to explain his upbringing and the harrowing incident that led him to reevaluate his ideology.

David was raised by “card-carrying communists” who described themselves as “progressives.” And he followed in their ideological footsteps for many years.

In the early 1970s, David explained he was introduced to the leader of the Black Panther Party, and he ultimately helped raise the money needed to buy a white Baptist church in Oakland. He gave the land to the Panthers so they could build a school. He asked the woman who handled the bookkeeping of the left wing magazine he was editing at the time to keep an eye at the finances of the school because it has received tax-exempt status.

“I asked [my bookkeeper] to do the books of the school because I made it a tax-exempt foundation, and I was under the impression that I.R.S. would close down anything that was [to the] left,” David said. ”She disappeared in December 1974. By the time the police fished her body out of San Francisco Bay, weeks later, I knew [the Panthers] had killed her… That was my awakening. This was in early 1975. I was devastated by the death of this woman. Of course, I felt responsible. And I couldn't understand why I didn't see the dangers. It took me seven years really to come out of a depression and become a conservative.”

David’s new book explores how the progressive left has been able to rise to power in the United States, and, given his background, the book offers in-depth analysis into the inner workings of the American left.

“I put the book together is because I know conservatives are scratching their head and think: How in the heck did we get a guy like [Obama] in the White House,” David said. “And the answer is, over about 20 years, everybody was sort of a asleep as this was happening. The Black Book of the American Left largely is a record of my, at the time, lonely fight. I don't want to say I was the only one fighting these people, but I was one of the very few who understood who they were. They were calling them liberals. They are not.”

“Thank you for saying that,” Glenn said. “Oh it drives me out of my mind when I hear conservatives call people liberal. They are not. They are progressives… They are progressives and they are communists.”

Glenn has been quite vocal about the danger progressivism poses to the Republican Party, but David had a slightly different take on the situation.

“I look at it a little differently. I think that Republicans are fixers. You know, they go to Washington to try to fix problems. They believe the American system was set up to make competing special interests compromise with each other. So they have a huge longing to be reasonable and to make deals. You can't really make deals with the devil without selling your immortal soul. And that's the problem,” David said. “The Republican problem is just a little different. I agree, these deal makers – the Boehners, the McConnells – are interested in deal making. [But] they are not ideologically committed to the progressive agenda. They wouldn't believe in it. But they are committed to compromising with them.”

Find out who David thinks is the future of the Republican Party and more in the clip below:

Eric Weinstein, managing director of investment firm Thiel Capital and host of "The Portal" podcast, is not a conservative, but he says conservative and center-right-affiliated media are the only ones who will still allow oppositional voices.

On "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week, Eric told Glenn that the center-left media, which "controls the official version of events for the country," once welcomed him, but that all changed about eight years ago when they started avoiding any kind of criticism by branding those who disagree with them as "alt-right, far-right, neo-Nazi, etc.," even if they are coming from the left side of the aisle. But their efforts to discredit critical opinions don't stop there. According to Eric, there is a strategy being employed to destroy our national culture and make sure Americans with opposing views do not come together.

"We're trifling with the disillusionment of our national culture. And our national culture is what animates the country. If we lose the culture, the documents will not save us," Eric said. "I have a very strongly strategic perspective, which is that you save things up for an emergency. Well, we're there now."

In the clip below, Eric explains why, after many requests over the last few years, he finally agreed to this podcast.

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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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