Meet the brains behind the brilliant anti-big government viral video “The Kronies”

On Friday, Glenn excitedly emailed the editors of TheBlaze.com and GlennBeck.com asking them to post a hilarious video he discovered that exposes the ties between bloated, big government and corrupt big business. Titled “The Kronies,” the video is an awesome anti-corporatism campaign designed to look like a classic 1980s cartoon.

If you haven’t already, watch the video below:

On radio this morning, Glenn spoke to one of the brains behind the video, John Papola of Emergent Order, about how the liberty and freedom-themed campaign came about.

“John got together with a guy named Max Borders and they have put together a company here in Texas to try to teach principles that we all used to find self-evident that I don't think we find self-evident anymore. Trying to teach a society that really is not really that interested in learning anything is difficult, but they have found a way to do it,” Glenn said. “Now, somebody sent this to me from my art department on Friday and said, ‘This is brilliant.’ And that's the only word I can use to describe it. It is absolutely brilliant the way they have done it.”

John explained that his background is in marketing and entertainment, and his time at Nickelodeon really prepared him for the creation of The Kronies. His quest to educate people about complex issues in simple and straightforward ways began a few years ago with a video about macroeconomics.

“Well, you might remember we created a video called ‘Keynes vs. Hayek, Fear the Boom and Bust’. It was a rap video about macroeconomics back in 2010. And at that time it was really just a passion project because I really believe in free markets and everybody being treated equally under the law. I think that's an important concept that gets lost in today's sort of politics. And when those things sort of took off, my eyes were open to this whole world of organizations that are desperate for help to get these ideas out there.”

The driving force behind “The Kronies” is to make people aware of the power of big government and corporate cronyism. John explained younger Americans are already coming to understand the idea of monopolies and cartels because successful private businesses like Uber and Airbnb are looking to turn that antiquated business model on its heads.

“I think it's causing a lot of cognitive dissonance among people who I think maybe were inclined to think that, ‘Oh, we need government to be a buttress against the corporate power,’” John explained. “And I just invite people who are honestly interested in trying to make the world a better place and are inclined to think the government can be that tool for that to take a closer look at what government actually does. Not what's on the blackboard in our economics classroom but what government actually does when empowered to pick winners and losers because, man, the historical record I think is pretty clear.”

The first “big regulatory act” was the creation of the Interstate Commerce Commission in 1887. While the government stepped in to try to limit cronyism, its intervention actually made matters worse.

“So one of the first big regulatory acts was in 1887. It was the Interstate Commerce Commission. So everyone hears about the great evil robber barons and how, you know, the Vanderbilts of the world were parasites sucking the people dry to collect all their money,” John said. “The government stepped in and the great Teddy Roosevelt and antitrust sort of saved the day in a wave of progressive revolution. Well, fact is the cronyism started right there. Who ended up sitting on the commission? Well, cronies for the big railroads. And what did they do? Well, they set standards that actually made it hard for the smaller railroads to compete.”

There is plenty more to come for Emergent Order and “The Kronies,” and John encouraged anyone interested in learning more about what he and his team is working on to visit TheKronies.com.

“Sign up for our email list because the more interest we get in making the toys [the more we can do],” John said. “We've talked about doing a Kickstarter [so] we can unleash the power of democracy.”

Check out the entire interview below, and don’t miss John and Max’s appearance on the Glenn Beck Program, Monday at 5pm ET only on TheBlaze:

There is no transparency when it comes to the Biden administration, and Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's recent exchange with the FBI’s Jill Sanborn is just another example. When questioned about alleged involvement the FBI had on January 6, 2021, Sanborn refused to answer almost every single time.

Do our government officials still work for us? Take a look at the latest headlines: The DOJ and U.S. Army are preparing for possible conflicts with "domestic terrorists," Biden's education secretary allegedly requested the NSBA letter that suggested treating upset parents like domestic terrorists, and President Biden said if you're not with him on the Democrats' voting bills, then you're with the Confederacy. Meanwhile, the FBI won't tell Congress whether it was involved in the the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and the corporate media insists that there's nothing to see here, especially concerning Ray Epps.

The American people are concerned, and it’s "extraordinarily disturbing" how far the federal government goes to avoid answering our questions, Glenn Beck said on the radio program. There's a very odd growing trend here: Our leaders, including the unelected ones, no longer answer to the people. This must stop now.

"The question that I have is, where is the transparency? And is anyone going to be held accountable? They are not afraid of our senators. They are not afraid of Congress," he stated. "This has got to stop. They have got to answer to the law. This is an oversight committee. Who is in charge, the FBI or the people? Once the people are not in charge and are not allowed to see the secret documents, we are toast. Toast!"

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Have you ever wondered why so many insane things are happening simultaneously RIGHT NOW? Big corporations are going woke. The stock market got red-hot during a FORCED recession. Stores like Walmart and Target were allowed to stay open during the lockdown, but mom-and-pop stores on Main Street had to close, some of them forever.

On Wednesday's "GlennTV" special, Glenn Beck explains it all in this sneak-peek episode — a primer to his new book and the upcoming explosive, in-depth special: “The Great Reset: Joe Biden & the Rise of 21st-Century Fascism.” Co-author Justin Haskins joins along with Glenn’s head writer and researcher, Jason Buttrill, to answer audience questions about a topic that the media has tried to censor and “fact-check.” You will be equipped with everything you need to know about what the global elites of the world have planned for the transformation of society and YOUR life.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below:


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After new information came out that suggests Dr. Anthony Fauci intimidated and bribed scientists into dismissing the COVID-19 lab-leak theory, Sen. Rand Paul and Fauci got into a heated debate in a Senate hearing. But instead of providing answers, Fauci accused Sen. Paul of endangering him.

Sen. Paul joined "The Glenn Beck Program" Wednesday with his response and explained why he believes "people live in fear of what [Fauci] will do to them."

"It's all about money. If you cross Tony Fauci, you don't get your money. He controls the purse strings for the entire country, the entire university system. And he's been doing it for forty years," Sen. Paul began.

"It's consistent with his arrogance, this level of arrogance that he's developed. He said several weeks ago, that he is science and any attack on him is an attack on science. Yesterday, he said anybody who opposes him is encouraging death threats," he added.

"Look, I've been on the receiving end of semi-automatic gunfire. I was 20 yards away from Steve Scalise when he almost died. I was 10 feet away from a staffer that was shot. And, you know what? The guy doing the shooting was a Bernie Sanders supporter. But not one of us, not one of the Republicans on the ball field, said, 'Oh, it was Bernie Sanders' fault.' But that's the juvenile level of personal attack that Fauci is now stooping to. He is saying that the personal threats he gets are actually the fault of his critics."

Sen. Paul continued, "But the thing is, [Fauci] needs to answer the question. Everything he did in the committee yesterday was misdirection so he didn't have to answer the question. The question was, why did he smear three scientists from Stanford, Oxford, and Harvard? Why did he smear them as fringe epidemiologists? And why did he conspire against Francis Collins to take them down in a very public way? He wouldn't answer the question."

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Over the past year, an increasing number of voices on the left have pushed for radical changes to our way of life, from reforming capitalism to enacting strict vaccine mandates. But are the American people behind these changes? A recent poll from the Heartland Institute and Rasmussen sought to find out, and the results are startling. The three-part poll asked likely voters for their thoughts on the Great Reset (half said they don't know what that is), COVID-19 authoritarianism, and whether they prefer former President Donald Trump or President Joe Biden.

The Heartland Institute's Justin Haskins joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to break down the results of this exclusive poll, including the disturbing revelation that roughly half of Democrats polled supported shockingly authoritarian COVID-19 policies. For example, nearly half of Democrats polled said they think federal or state governments should require unvaccinated people to live in "designated areas or facilitates," or essentially camps. Nearly half of Democrats supported a proposal "to fine or imprison individuals" just for questioning the efficacy of the existing COVID-19 vaccines on social media, television, radio, or in online or digital publications. And, when asked if people who refuse to get vaccinated should lose custody of their children, 20% of Democrats answered "yes."

But the poll showed some good news, too. Watch the video clip below for more details:


Glenn and Justin’s new book, ‘The Great Reset: Joe Biden And The Rise Of 21st Century Fascism’ is available to order now.

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