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:

Countless leaders on the left are now arguing that removing President Donald Trump from office won't be enough — they're now calling for the president's "cult-like" supporters to be "deprogrammed." And it's not just fringe politicians.

During an appearance on "Real Time with Bill Maher" last week, former NBC anchor Katie Couric said, "The question is, how are we going to really almost deprogram these people who have signed up for the cult of Trump."

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi questioned whether the nation needs "a 9/11-type commission" to determine whether President Trump was colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin "the day that the insurgents invaded our Capitol." Clinton also made sure to include her favorite "deplorables" in her unsubstantiated conspiracy theory:

"But we now know that not just [Trump] but his enablers, his accomplices, his cult members, have the same disregard for democracy," Clinton said to Pelosi.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and New York Times Magazine's Nikole Hannah-Jones agreed that there is a need for "millions of Americans, almost all white, almost all Republicans" to be deprogrammed and punished, during an MSNBC interview last week.

Now, a story from the Washington Post is also preaching that narrative and even added that we need more restrictions for conservatives on social media and in the broadcast industry.

"So now we have to be deprogrammed? We've heard this over and over and over and over again, for months," said Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday. He read through the shocking details of the Washington Post op-ed and discussed the extraordinary dangers of the latest anti-conservative movement in America.

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As calls for censorship and restrictions against conservative voices get louder, Glenn Beck said he feels an "awesome responsibility" to speak, not the words he'd personally like to say, but those he believes the Lord would want him to share.

"It's an awesome responsibility, and one that I am not worthy of," Glenn said. "I want to say ... what He wants me to say. And I have to listen very carefully, because I feel the same way you do. But that will get us nowhere."

Glenn said it's time for Americans who are awake — not woke — to come together, no matter which side of the political aisle you're on, and stand with the truth.

"We are the Alamo, we will stand. But we desperately, desperately need you," Glenn said. "We need the people who are awake — not woke — awake. You may disagree with us. We are your allies, not your enemies. And if you will not stand with us in our hour of need, there will be no one left to stand with you in your hour of need. We must all come together, anyone who is awake."

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The incoming Biden administration plans to waste no time in overturning much of the progress achieved by President Donald Trump.

On his radio program Monday, Glenn Beck ran through 10 executive orders President Joe Biden plans to announce on "day one" of his time in office — including rejoining the Paris climate accord, canceling the Keystone pipeline, mask mandates on federal land and during interstate travel, and a proposed federal minimum wage of $15 an hour.

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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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