Why net neutrality is a terrible idea

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The push for net neutrality is on and it is the typical progressive issue. Given a name that sounds fair and logical, what it really boils down to is government giving itself an access point for more regulation, power and money. What will happen if this passes is disastrous - Glenn has more details on radio today.

"This is truly about control. When you look at what they've tried to do, they've tried to take away your guns. They're trying to take away your voice. They need control of the internet. Now, I hope to God they don't it get. I don't know how you get around this. But -- but there are a lot of people on the left and on the right that have bought into this that are good, decent people. They don't know what they're doing -- they don't what an they're doing. God forgive them for they know not what they do. They don't know what they're doing," Glenn said.

"Some of these companies know exactly what they're doing, like Netflix. They know exactly what they're doing and they're doing it because of their own corporate interests."

"I'm telling you, I no longer believe that a man -- this is a big thing for me. I no longer believe a man can chart his own course in the media world. I do not believe that a guy can start with nothing and end up Rupert Murdoch in this nation. You can't do it. There are too many corporate interests. And there's too many legal games that are played."

"You cannot do it. If we lose the internet and the government takes control of the internet, you will not be able to chart your own course online either."

WATCH:

Below is a rough transcript of this segment:

GLENN: Here. You go to -- right now, you can go to GlennBeck.com. And there is a place for you to put your name and your public comment, and you can sign and it goes to the FCC.

PAT: Please do this.

GLENN: You have to have it in, the last day is February 26 is the vote. Say no to the Obama FCC internet takeover.

PAT: Look at the left-wing outlets that are lined up in favor of net neutrality. The center for media justice.

GLENN: Oh, my gosh.

PAT: Media Matters. Color of Change.

GLENN: That's Van Jones.

PAT: I mean, on and on. Lesbians for Tech.

STU: They're a great organization. I do like them. Your sexual preference matters a lot in technology. I only want bisexual and transgendered IT people. It's important you go to --

PAT: Thank you. Common Cause. On and on. They're all -- this is just --

GLENN: Yes. This is a big one.

STU: It really is. Think about the arguments we made back in the health care. Back in those days. When we're saying, they're looking to take control of one-sixth of the economy here. Well, the internet is highly intertwined in one hundred percent of the economy.

GLENN: From the people who brought you Obamacare.com. The people who brought you --

PAT: Which cost $2.2 billion. Just for the website.

GLENN: They now say they'll be able to help you navigate the internet and make it better.

STU: How does anyone fall for this? This is inexplicable.

GLENN: I don't know. But listen to me, it's minorly about taxes. They'll come after you with taxes on everything. This is truly about control. When you look at what they've tried to do, they've tried to take away your guns. They're trying to take away your voice. They need control of the internet. Now, I hope to God they don't it get. I don't know how you get around this. But -- but there are a lot of people on the left and on the right that have bought into this that are good, decent people. They don't know what they're doing -- they don't what an they're doing. God forgive them for they know not what they do. They don't know what they're doing.

Some of these companies know exactly what they're doing, like Netflix. They know exactly what they're doing and they're doing it because of their own corporate interests.

PAT: I'd like to boycott them right now.

GLENN: But I can't. I love their service.

PAT: I love them too much.

[laughter]

But they're all over this.

GLENN: I want you to go to GlennBeck.com and sign this petition. They just said in Congress, you know, 30,000 people -- 30,000 people, that's a lot of people to listen to. So far, 16,000 people have signed this petition and sent it in. It's at GlennBeck.com. But we've got to let our voices be heard.

I'm telling you, I no longer believe that a man -- this is a big thing for me. I no longer believe a man can chart his own course in the media world. I do not believe that a guy can start with nothing and end up Rupert Murdoch in this nation. You can't do it. There are too many corporate interests. And there's too many legal games that are played.

You cannot do it. If we lose the internet and the government takes control of the internet, you will not be able to chart your own course online either. That leaves us exactly, where? With a mimeograph machine.

Say no to the FCC takeover of the internet. Go to GlennBeck.com.

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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Glenn Beck: Why MLK's pledge of NONVIOLENCE is the key to saving America

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Listen to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s pledge of nonviolence and really let it sink in: "Remember always that the nonviolent movement seeks justice and reconciliation — not victory."

On the radio program, Glenn Beck shared King's "ten commandments" of nonviolence and the meaning behind the powerful words you may never have noticed before.

"People will say nonviolent resistance is a method of cowards. It is not. It takes more courage to stand there when people are threatening you," Glenn said. "You're not necessarily the one who is going to win. You may lose. But you are standing up with courage for the ideas that you espouse. And the minute you engage in the kind of activity that the other side is engaging in, you discredit the movement. You discredit everything we believe in."

Take MLK's words to heart, America. We must stand with courage, nonviolently, with love for all, and strive for peace and rule of law, not "winning."

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Conservatives are between a rock and a hard place with Section 230 and Big Tech censorship. We don't want more government regulation, but have we moved beyond the ability of Section 230 reforms to rein in Big Tech's rising power?

Rachel Bovard, Conservative Partnership Institute's senior director of policy, joined the Glenn Beck radio program to give her thoughts and propose a possibly bipartisan alternative: enforcing our existing antitrust laws.

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Dan Bongino, host of The Dan Bongino Show, is an investor in Parler — the social media platform that actually believes in free speech. Parler was attacked by Big Tech — namely Amazon, Apple, and Google — earlier this week, but Bongino says the company isn't giving up without a fight. In fact, he says, he's willing to go bankrupt over this one.

Dan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he calls a "smear" campaign behind the scenes, and how he believes we can move forward from Big Tech's control.

"You have no idea how bad this was behind the scenes," Dan told Glenn. "I know you're probably thinking ... well, how much worse can the attack on Parler have gotten than three trillion-dollar companies — Amazon, Apple, and Google — all seemingly coordinated to remove your business from the face of the Earth? Well, behind the scenes, it's even worse. I mean, there are smear campaigns, pressure campaigns ... lawyers, bankers, everyone, to get this company ... wiped from the face of the earth. It's incredible."

Dan emphasized that he would not give up without a fight, because what's he's really fighting for is the right to free speech for all Americans, regardless of their political opinions, without fear of being banned, blacklisted, or losing jobs and businesses.

"I will go bankrupt. I will go absolutely destitute before I let this go," he said. "I have had some very scary moments in my life and they put horse blinders on me. I know what matters now. It's not money. It's not houses. It's none of that crap. It's this: the ability to exist in a free country, where you can express your ideas freely."

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