Meet a reformed white power skinhead who once prepared for war against government

Pivot points are the moments in your life where everything changes. They are moments of redemption, love, courage, and struggle — and after they happened you can be a different person. On tonight’s Glenn Beck Program, Glenn heard the incredible story of Christian Picciolini — a former white supremacist who turned his life around. How did it happen?

Christian grew up in a small Italian neighborhood of Chicago called Blue Island. He was a good kid from a hard-working Italian immigrant family until one day he met the most dangerous man in America, and then everything changed.

"I didn’t come from a broken home. My parents weren’t drug addicts. They weren’t alcoholics. There really was no reason for me to join a gang. You know, those are typical reasons why people join something like that," Christian said. "I’m a first-generation American. My parents were immigrants from Italy, so when they came to this country in the 60s, they were chasing the American dream. They were working," Christian said.

"So, I was this lonely kid who was picked on because, you know, I didn’t really fit in in the upper-middle-class neighborhood where my parents decided to move us to, because I was in Italian kid. You know, my grandparents raised me because my parents were off working, so in the Italian neighborhood where I grew up and where I went after school, the kids in that neighborhood didn’t really want anything to do with me either because I didn’t really go to school with them," he continued.

"I was lonely. I was picked on, and when I first met Clark Martel, who is the individual who got me involved in the racist skinhead movement...I was smoking a joint with a stoner kid that I met from down the block, and like a scene out of a movie, this car comes, ’69 Firebird comes roaring down the alley kicking up dust and gravel, you know? The car stopped six inches from us, and this guy gets out, and like a lead actor on the stage, he walks across the headlights, and he looks at me. He gets close, and I remember his beady, really worn eyes looking into mine," he said.

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"He snatches the joint out of my mouth, and the first thing he says to me, and I’ll never forget it, Glenn, is 'Don’t you know that that’s what the capitalists and the Communists want you to do to keep you docile?' I was 14 years old. I didn’t know what a capitalist was. I didn’t know what a Communist was. I didn’t even know what the word docile meant, but from that moment on, I was really, you know, entranced with this guy, because for the first time in my life, somebody gave me a real reason not to do what I was doing, right?"

"It wasn’t just don’t smoke that joint or don’t smoke pot because it’s against the law, and you’re not supposed to do that. I was given a real reason. Now, I didn’t understand the reason because I didn’t understand politics at that age, but it gave me something to think about," Christian said.

From that fateful day in 1987 until he hit bottom in 1995, Christian was one of the leaders of America's most violent neo-Nazi hate groups.

How did it start to turn around? What was his pivot point?

"I got married at 19 years old, and I had my first child at 19 years old. Then I had my second child at 21. I had a hard time reconciling the hate that I had for the rest of the world and the love that I had for my family. Our mantra, our 14 words, our mission statement that we lived by was “We must secure the existence of our people and the future for white children.” When I went to protect my children from the very same people that I was in bed with, I couldn’t reconcile my hate anymore, so that was the first spark," Christian said.

"I also opened a record store at the same time to sell this white power music that got me involved into the movement, because that’s what these groups use is they really prey on young people and find ways to reach them. Music was the best propaganda to reach white youth. So, I started to meet all these people who I had no time for in the past. I started to meet Jewish people, and I started to meet gay people, and I started to meet Hispanics," he continued.

"And trying to be a good business person like my parents were, I opened myself up to them, and unwittingly I became friendly with them, not because I wanted to be a good business person, but because they really touched me, and they touched my heart. They showed me compassion when I was the person on the earth who least deserved it at the time."

Glenn pointed out that it was love that really turned things around.

"I’m telling you, I think love, just being human to one another, is the biggest wall breaker," Glenn said.

"It’s the best weapon we have," Christian said.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere were joined by Pat Gray to discuss "woke" Olympic athletes.

In this clip, the guys discussed how "bravely" some athletes are for threatening to protest the national anthem, for twerking on stage, and for showing off how woke they are.

Glenn reminded America of actual bravery at the Olympics when Jesse Owens won the gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. "He [Owens] was oppressed," Glenn said.

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Political commentator Bill O'Reilly joined the Glenn Beck radio program on Friday made an important prediction about President Joe Biden's chance of reelection in 2024.

O'Reilly told Glenn that former President Donald Trump was brought down because of COVID. "if COVID had not appeared, O'Reilly stated, "he [Trump] would have won reelection."

O'Reilly went on to predict that like Trump, President Joe Biden would lose reelection because of COVID. People saw a president who could not put out an intelligent fact-based message about COVID and people will remember that," he explained.

O'Reilly later added that "Trump and Biden are one-termers because of COVID."

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Critical race theory: Marxism is a religion

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Marx didn't actually tell his followers that the system needed to be destroyed. And it's not what Marx actually believed. Very few Marxists actually understand what Marx laid out.

Marxism isn't a list of demands and instructions. It's Marx's attempt to tell the future. Some of it he got right, most he got wrong. For example, he predicted the rise of automation.

Believe it or not, Marx was not an anti-capitalist. If anything, he revered it.

In a letter to Engels, he complained that too many people misunderstood his message, that his plan is to merge with capitalism. To make it new. He wanted to reify his brand of socialism, reify is a Marxist term, actually. It basically means to make an abstract idea concrete.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary. And he knew communism would never happen without the aid of capitalism.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary.

From there, he takes these ideas to some weird conclusions. Horrible conclusions. The main one being revolution.

What does the first phase of the Marxist revolution look like? How will we know if it has started? How can we tell if it's already begun? Marx's idea of the "dictatorship of the proletariat," where the working class would rise up in revolution and earn their freedom.

But what did Marx mean by freedom? Like so much of Marxism, it involves giving up your individuality, in service to the collective: "Only in community with others does each individual have the means of cultivating his gifts in all directions; only in the community, therefore, is personal freedom possible."

That's from his book The German Ideology, which he co-wrote with Friedrich Engels, the guy who paid all of his bills: "Free competition, which is based on the idea of individual freedom, simply amounts to the relation of capital to itself as another capital."

His idea here is that capital ruins any idea of freedom or individuality. And competition is what he uses as proof. In other words, Marx's definition of freedom has nothing to do with actual freedom, freedom as we know it.

He wrote, in Capital: "It is not individuals who are set free by free competition; it is, rather, capital which is set free."

He's saying that Capital manipulates our individual freedom and forces us to exploit ourselves. For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

Marxists have always argued that capitalism is a religion. That our debt to capital is no different than our debt to God. Critical Theorist Walter Benjamin wrote an entire book called Capitalism as Religion, and wrote that capitalism is "the first case of a cult that creates guilt, not atonement."

There were many strains of socialism before Marx. There were entire movements, named after socialist and anarchist philosophers. But Marx was the one who figured it out, with the help of a rotating cast of people paying for his sloth, of course.

Marx's influence on socialism was so profound that socialism was practically re-named in honor of Marx. Marx has been deified.

He created a utopian society. Very hypothetical. It requires a working class that is devoted to daily readings of The Communist Manifesto.

This assumes that people who work all day — at a real job, where they can't just sit on the couch all day as Marx did — even have the energy to read dense theory when they get home.

Marx made a religion.

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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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