What are some books to stay away from and why?

There are no bad books.

What are some books to stay away from and why? It's an odd question, one that left Glenn quite puzzled when he came across it. Are there any books you should avoid. 'Fifty Shades of Grey' isn't a book that Glenn is rushing out to buy, but it's certainly not a book he would tell someone to avoid. In fact, one of the most transformative experiences of his life came from reading a book he didn't agree with. On radio this morning, Glenn explained why he would never tell someone to avoid reading something.

"You know, I thought of like 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. I avoid that. And I don't think there's any redeeming value. I haven't read it, but from what I've heard, I don't think there's any redeeming value. It won't make my life better," he said. "But I'm so afraid, I'm so nervous about where our society is going. When somebody poses the question, what books are bad? No books are bad. No books are bad."

Glenn explained that it was actually The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan that started him on the road to finding God in his life. Glenn was Catholic when he started reading it, and it challenged his perception and made him think about what he truly believed and why.

"The books that have made me the most angry, the most frightened, the most insulted are the ones that have come the closest to changing my life. Because they're the ones that I feel something. I can tell you the first one that made me feel that way is 'The Demon-Haunted World' by Carl Sagan. I think of that book all the time. 'TheDemon-Haunted World' by Carl Sagan. I was Catholic at the time, and he was talking about the old church."

"But I remember reading Carl Sagan, and I got so infuriated because he was using the Catholic church as an example of how bad things could really get," he explained. "I actually got so mad, I threw the book across the room. And I stopped. It was like instinct. This guy pisses me off. Where did that come from? I remember I went back and picked up that book and I said, I have to read it now. There's something inside me that's not right now. What is making me feel that way? That book changed my life."

"I considered because of that book, there is no God. And, you know what, I've never considered that before. Why do I feel this way? Because why am I defending something that happened in the ninth century. How could I possibly be upset about something that happened, that I know is wrong? Where is that feeling coming from? Wait. What feelings have been given to me that don't belong to me. Wait a minute. Does God even belong to me, or have I just been given that in doses my whole life? Yeah, I don't know if he's real."

"It started the gears turning. And so the gears were turning and churning and churning and churning and finally, things started going, wait a minute. Click, click, click. And the vault door opened."

"What started as a book by an atheist, who says there is no God, and then going to Yale, where they're saying, there definitely is no God. To being the guy that everybody is like, oh, jeez, the guy is a freaking preacher, shut him up. "

"There are no bad books."

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.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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