Why an afternoon at Mercury Studios has led a liberal NY rabbi to reconsider how different we actually are

On Thursday, Glenn hosted a small dinner at Mercury Studios for friends of varying backgrounds. From titans of Silicon Valley to men of faith, Glenn gathered a group of strange bedfellows to discuss the principles that have the power to unite people of all backgrounds.

Rabbi Irwin Kula was one of the people who attended the dinner. On Thursday’s radio program Kula explained that, as a New York Jew, he was initially skeptical to meet Glenn, but the men have become fast friends. On radio this morning, Kula called in on his way to the airport to discuss the transformative experience his time at Mercury Studios proved to be.

“I feel that my body, mind, heart, and soul we were touched yesterday, Glenn,” Kula said. “I actually don't know what happened. And I'm a little scared, actually, because it's one thing to, you know, teach your wisdom, it's another thing to have your wisdom blown into you… You're never going to invite me again because I'm not being very articulate right now, but I think that yesterday was a transforming day.”

One of the reasons the Rabbi was initially reluctant to meet with Glenn was because he felt they came at things from two very different angles and spoke two entirely different languages. As it turns out, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Much like Glenn has been talking about lately, the labels we use to identify ourselves or the words we use superficially divide us. But once you move past those things, we actually have a lot in common.

“We use this language and these words. We use words like religious and secular and atheist and believer and communist and socialist and capitalist and liberal and conservative and libertarian,” Kula explained. “We use these words and the words actually block us from looking into someone's eyes and saying, ‘What are their real fears? What are their real hopes? What is he really saying behind those words?’ And the words block our ability to actually do what we need to do: Live together and build together. I know we need words. I'm a wordsmith like you are. You're amazing with words. But we also know that sometimes the words block the very experience of understanding.”

After having the opportunity to spend several hours with Glenn and his staff, Kula realized how inherently good people are.

“Maybe because I spent eight hours in the most amazing aesthetic and beautiful place that I've been in so long. Maybe it's because every single person I interacted with in your office was so unbelievably human. There was no posturing, no positioning… People were genuinely nice. People said hello… We can do this. We have to somehow transcend these boxes and labels that are only products of our fear,” he said. “And you know… I don't speak this way in public because I'm scared because a whole part of my community won't listen to me. I think these words are placed by demons who want us to not actually connect by heart and mind and we have to actually get past that.”

Glenn asked Kula how he thinks his community on the Upper West Side of Manhattan will respond to the various interviews he did over the last couple of days. While he can’t say with certainty that he will not face some backlash, he is determined to continue to work on finding common ground and finding solutions to the problems that face this country.

“I'm nervous… I don't know what's going to happen because I have always known the most important thing is to listen to the other side. But what struck me yesterday is: I wasn't sure there is another side,” Kula said. “We may disagree about how we got here and who is exactly to blame. And we may use different words. But what was unbelievably awe producing for me – and my body is tingling, my knees are shaking, Glenn. This is where we are. This is not a joke where we are right now.”

“The only way we'll have new solutions is talking with people with whom we disagree and then small, small living laboratories,” he continued. “I want to know what's happening in Texas… and we have to look at Montana, and the Lower East Side of New York, and in Cincinnati. There are no big grand final solutions that will solve everything. In the end yesterday, I [no longer] know what was the other side.”

Ultimately, both Glenn and Kula agree that incredible can happen and will happen if we continue to come together.

“God bless you. Thank you,” Glenn concluded. “This is why you talk to the other side. This is why you reach out to people who disagree with you. Miracles are coming and miracles are happening.”

The Capitol riot was foolish and tragic, but Pelosi's Select Committee "investigation" on the January 6 "insurrection" has devolved into a show trial complete with bad tears and bad acting. But this is just a charade designed to distract us.

What's going on behind closed doors is truly nefarious. The Biden White House and the U.S. national security apparatus are seizing that event to redefine domestic terrorism and expand the powers of government to prevent it. There is an alarming blueprint for sweeping government action called the "National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism," put together by the National Security Council.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the collusion between the Biden administration and Big Tech to surveil, root out, and silence America's deplorables – all in the name of national security.

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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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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.