Could this be the new counter-culture?

On Tuesday's TV show, Glenn took billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel to the backlots of the Mercury Studios for an interview on the green couch. The conversation covered a myriad of topics, but one of the most interesting was their discussion on the counter-culture and the values of Silicon Valley.

Below is a transcript of this segment:

Glenn: Define politics for me, because I’m not in it for politics. I hate politics, and yet I’m known as a political guy. I hate it. I hate all of the people generally speaking in politics. There’s a handful of people that I respect. I’m only interested in politics…not even…I’m only involved in politics to some degree because we have to be. You know what I mean?

But I do believe what I believe. I do have, I guess, a set of political beliefs, but they’re more based in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence than anything a political party says. So my values and my principles are what drive me. The people in Silicon Valley, what are the values and principles? Because right now what’s being taught in school, what’s coming out, Jefferson’s not popular. Marx is popular.

Peter: Right. Well, I would say they are generally politically quite naïve, and they don’t think about politics very much in one way or the other, not as much as you do or even as much, I’m probably unusual in that I probably think about it more than most people do. They generally don’t like it too much. Their instincts are libertarian, but the politics end up being liberal because that’s what’s cool. You know, for us, politics is about ideas, it’s about changing things, but there’s also this other mode where politics is about fashion, and that’s always the risk you have in Silicon Valley. That’s why Hollywood is so liberal. It’s not that the people have thought things through in Hollywood; it’s just cool.

Glenn: So how does Karl Marx become cool and Jefferson become uncool? How did that happen?

Peter: You know, I don’t quite know. I’m more interested in the future oriented question, which is how do we make Karl Marx uncool and how do we make Jefferson cool?

Glenn: How do we do that?

Peter: Don’t quite know about that either, but that’s the question we should be asking. That’s the question you want to fundamentally solve. You know, why is wearing a Che Guevera T-shirt, why is that cool in a way in which wearing a Jefferson—

Glenn: The only answer I can think of is because of a counterculture that whatever the establishment says is cool is not, and so the establishment has been Che is a rebel and, you know, is trouble. Jefferson, we’ve got monuments to him, and that’s the establishment. My hope has come, and this is really a dark hope, but my hope has been at some point that table is going to flip, and the establishment is going to be saying Che and socialism and communism is all neat, and at some point Jefferson, don’t read that. As soon as they say don’t read those things, you’re cool again.

Peter: Yeah, well there’s definitely some sense in which I can’t…there are no perspectives on left of center in the U.S., anywhere left of center, mildly, far left of center, that I think are anything but conventional at this point. I definitely agree that it feels that way. You know, I think, to take sort of a nonpolitical cut at this, I think one of the…you know, the countercultural in the 60s was the hippies. You know, we landed on the moon in July of 1969. Woodstock started three weeks later, and with the benefit of hindsight, that’s when progress ended, and the hippies took over the country.

Today the counterculture is to believe in science and technology. You know, our society, the dominant culture doesn’t like science. It doesn’t like technology. You just look at the science fiction movies that come out of Hollywood—Terminator, Matrix, Avatar, Elysium. I watched the Gravity movie the other day. It’s like you would never want to go into outer space. You would just want to be back on some muddy island. And so I think we’re in a world where actually believing that a better future is possible that you can have agency and work towards a better future, that is actually radically countercultural.

Glenn: Could I offer this to that, that it’s not that we’re anti-science. I think you make a good point in the movies, but I don’t think we’re necessarily anti-science or anti-technology as much as we are becoming more and more fatigued on virtual everything. We want something real. Nothing in our society is real. Our money isn’t real. Our word doesn’t matter anymore. Our communication isn’t real. Nothing is real.

Peter: Well, you know, I’ve often said there’s been this technological slowdown for the last 40 years, and there is probably some strange connection—

Glenn: Explain that, because I don’t think that makes—

Peter: Where we’ve had progress in the world of bits but not in the world of atoms, and this world of bits, we’ve had progress in computers, Internet, mobile Internet. Technology just means information technology. It’s all about bits, but the world of atoms, space travel, energy like nuclear power, biotech, new medical devices, that’s been much slower, and there’s been much less progress in those areas in the last forty years.

Glenn: Because of regulation?

Peter: One’s been regulated, the other has not, but we’ve had this sort of dualistic world where the virtual world of bits has been growing very fast, but the real world of atoms has been kind of stagnant. And I think there’s a strange counterpoint where the same thing happened with our currency, where the real value of money became separate from the virtual in August of ’71 when we went off the gold standard. And so, you know, whatever you think of the gold standard, it had the virtue of connecting the real with the virtual.

Glenn: Meaning something, right.

Peter: They were somehow connected, and so when you separate the two, then you have problems. So I think there’s nothing wrong with cyberspace or computers or anything, but it’s when it becomes separated from the real that it’s bad. And these successful companies have actually been the ones that somehow connected it. Facebook succeeded because it was about real people having a presence on the Internet. There were all these other social networking sites people had, but they were all about fictional people. One of my friends started a company in 1997, seven years before Facebook, called SocialNet. And they had all these ideas, and you could be like a cat, and I’d be a dog on the Internet, and we’d have this virtual reality, and we would just not be ourselves. That didn’t work because reality always works better than any fake version of it.

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck and Pat Gray discussed a series of recent polls that suggest presidential nominee Joe Biden's expected lead may be slipping with traditionally Democratic voters.

A new poll conducted by the Jewish Electorate Institute shows that two-thirds of Jewish voters still plan to vote for the Biden-Harris ticket in November. However, President Donald Trump's support within the Jewish community is also the highest among any Republican candidate in recent history.

In more bad news for Biden, a CNN poll (yes, CNN) released last month showed growing support for President Trump among black voters in swing states. Meanwhile, his support among Latino voters remains at roughly 33%.

"I don't think it's going to go the way the Democrats hope that it will," Glenn said of the election. "If you look at the groups that the Democrats have carefully fostered ... that's falling apart. If Donald Trump can grow that by 5%, and hurt the Democrats by 5% ... that alone could swing the election."

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We're being set up for a civil war. The Left is grooming us for an Eastern European-style revolution this election, and they're not even trying to hide it any more. The playbook for Mainstreet USA is the exact same that has been used in places like Ukraine, initiated by the same people in order to completely upend the American system.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck takes us through a tale of three chalkboards that will connect the dots: the Obama admin in Ukraine, the State Department's relationship with George Soros, Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots, the Great Reset, public school indoctrination, mail-in voting. It all points to something dangerous happening in November if we don't act now.

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The left has already determined that the wildfires raging across the West Coast were definitely caused by climate change and Big Tech is determined to silence anyone who dares suggest otherwise. Facebook even announced a sweeping policy on Saturday to remove posts that claim the fires were caused by arson from far-left activists.

But on his radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck revealed multiple arrest records for suspected arsonists in California, Oregon, and Washington — and several of those charged and arrested were also instigators in Black Lives Matter rallies, violent protests, and Antifa riots. He also called out the "news gods" in Big Tech, daring them to try to censor his video.

"I asked my staff, to see if there was any evidence [of arson] on the fires. And I don't mean evidence from Twitter. I mean evidence. Is there anybody who has been arrested for arson?" Glenn said. "Well, here they are. And YouTube and Facebook, go ahead. I want you to demonetize this clip. I want you to somehow or another say that we're lying. I want you to throttle this. Go ahead. Because then you're going to have to explain what we got wrong. And I happen to have all the documents right here. So my attorney is really ready for that throttling or demonetization. You say you're a protector of the truth? Great, here it is."

Glenn read off the first 10 arrest records, which combined allege the destruction of more than 120,000 acres and 700 structures, as well as tens of thousands of people evacuated from their homes.

"You want to tell us, PolitiFact, how you came to the conclusion ... that there was no arson in these fires?" Glenn asked. "Can you tell me how you came to that conclusion? Because your fact-check seems to be entirely false."

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Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders joined Glenn Beck on this week's podcast to share her unique perspective as a trusted adviser and confidante to President Donald Trump for two and a half years, which she also details in her new book, "Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom, and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House."

Sarah described the unprecedented levels of corruption she saw firsthand during the Russia probe and shocking lengths to which Democratic leaders and the mainstream media would go to "take the president down."

Sarah said she often saw sides of Donald Trump that the media never covered. Recently, she went on the record denying the Atlantic's claims that the president mocked our military during a 2018 trip to France. She was on that trip, she told Glenn, and her account of what really happened paints a very different picture.

"The people who are making this outrageous charge are such cowards for doing so in an anonymous way. If you really believed this, and believed it was wrong, one, why did it take you so long? And, two, put your name on it the way the rest of us have," Sarah said.

"He didn't say those things. Not only was I there that day, Glenn, I spent two and a half years traveling all over the world with the president, watching him interact with men and women of our armed forces almost every single day during that two-and-a-half year period," she added.

"This is a person who loves America and loves the people who allow the rest of us to live in America, free, and have prosperity. And I got to see that a lot. I think it is shameful that people are trying to distort who he is and what he has done, particularly when it comes to the men and women in the military."

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