Author distills liberties we have lost since the days of our nation's founding

Joshua Charles, the author of the new book Liberty's Secrets joined Glenn on radio Monday to discuss the wisdom of our founders that has been lost, which is now eroding the foundations of our nation's liberties today.

If you are a liberty lover, a homeschooler or simply somebody who's trying to make their way and understand what the essentials to liberty are, "this definitely needs to be on your shelf and well-read," Glenn said.

Listen to the exchange or read the full transcript below.

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

GLENN: A few years ago, there was a guy who was watching my television show and listening to the radio show, and I said, "Somebody really needs to take and -- and take the arguments for liberty that our founders did and rewrite them. So we -- we all understand what the founders were saying originally, in today's language." And a guy who was in law school at the time, he happened to be listening, and he was like, "Huh, that's a pretty good idea." And so he wrote it in today's language. It became a number one best-seller. It was called "The Original Argument." And he has now done it again, this time it's called "Liberty's Secret." I was a little disappointed because I was like Victoria's Secret.

PAT: Not a lot of pictures in this one.

GLENN: There's no pictures in this one.

PAT: No.

GLENN: So Joshua Charles is with us right now. Joshua.

JOSHUA: Glenn, great to be with you. And I want to thank you for all this. You catalyzed a lot of this, and here we are.

GLENN: Well, I mean, again, I would just say you might have sold more books if you put Dolley Madison as something hot.

JOSHUA: Probably. Probably.

GLENN: Yeah. Here's what -- you had a really good way of distilling the things that we have lost and that we used to know and now we don't really -- now we really don't even think about it all that much. You take on Ben Franklin's list of virtues, which is one of my favorite stories about Ben Franklin, one of the best things -- and you have taken that now and have made it approachable for today. Would you just start there?

JOSHUA: Yeah. No. I think one of the biggest things we've lost is this idea that freedom is only possible for a society that is virtuous, is moral, has a moral compass. And I think what we're struggling with these days is, among other things, we've lost the ability to have a coherent moral discussion. We're not even on the same planet. We're in different universes in some cases.

When you read the founder's writings, they're full of words like "truth" and "justice" and "righteousness." And while of course not all of them agreed at every moment of every day of every year what exactly that meant, they did believe it was out there. That there was a truth, there was a justice, there was a righteousness. And so it provided a coherence to their language, to the way they were able to discourse. And as far as Franklin's list of virtues, that's where I start --

GLENN: Hang on. Hold on just a second. Before you go into that. And it wasn't just -- like, we'll hear politicians now talk about the truth. I've not heard them use the word righteousness, but they'll talk about doing the right thing. That's not the same. That's a campaign speech. These guys actually believed in it. They believed there was one universal truth.

JOSHUA: Yeah. Absolutely. And it was clearly derived from the Judeo-Christian principles that many of them held to. There's a lot to that. I remind people, the book is several hundred pages long. So there's a lot of detail to all this. You can't flesh it all out on a radio interview, but starting with Franklin's list of virtues, I think there were ten to 13, somewhere in there. They mentioned things like chastity. I don't think that's very popular today.

GLENN: Yeah.

JOSHUA: And Franklin himself I think didn't fully live up to that one. But temperance, you know, controlling your appetites. Frugality. Orderliness. I mean, all of these various virtues. And then of course the last one, humility. Imitate Socrates and Jesus.

And so there was this idea that if you want to be free, then act like it. For every freedom which is asserted, there is a duty which is put on -- put on you. And if you don't have the duty along with the freedom, then you really don't want to be free.

GLENN: So in your book you talk about how they foresaw the times that we're living right now.

JOSHUA: Yeah.

GLENN: They knew this was going to happen.

JOSHUA: Yeah. In fact, I think we -- we came a bit later than they expected. I think they expected the collapse sooner.

GLENN: Yeah. Within 50 years.

JOSHUA: Yeah, yeah, certainly. And it's actually really eerie when you read some of the letters that James Madison, Adams, Jefferson even, they can see the civil war coming. And it's very nerve-racking to them. But fortunately we survived that. But, no, there's absolutely amazing things in there about financial collusion, about what we would today call "crony capitalism." About the degeneration and constitutional jurisprudence.

Jefferson, Madison, those two in particular talked a lot about the idea that words means something. Again, kind of -- kind of the language corollary of the moral absolutes. That, you know, there is a moral absolute out there just in the same sense that words do have meaning.

You know, they talked about the -- the -- the courts becoming an oligarchy of sorts. They talked about big banks getting into bed with big government. They talked about fiat currency. That was something that John Adams talked a lot about, in particular. Said it was the same as robbing Peter to pay Paul. There's a lot more in there on that. They talked about a lot of this. They talked about the degradation in morality.

GLENN: They talked about -- in your book, you point out, they talk about the two sets of rules, one for the elite and one for everybody else.

JOSHUA: Yeah, absolutely. No, I mean, Jefferson said if the Constitution became corrupted, if the central government started doing things it was never intended to do, he said, it would become the most corrupt government on earth. And I think part of the reason is, is because the ecosystem that the founders have set up. It's a pretty complex system.

I mean, Tocqueville -- I quote this in the book as well -- he said it's frightening how much the Constitution presumes the people over whom it rules to not be ignorant. It's a complicated system. It's not just, oh, there's the government. They can legislate and do whatever they want like how it's been in most countries. I mean, to this day, parliament is still supreme in the United Kingdom. They technically have a queen. But she's pretty much there just for, you know, the figure head.

But, no, the American system is complex. And so as those things started to bleed into each other, it became even more complex. And, you know, I think back in the day when we were doing the Federalist Papers, we brought up Federalist 62, where Madison talks about what use is all these laws if people can't understand them, they can't parse through them, and it essentially does become a set of two rules, where those who can afford the lobbyists, the attorneys, the high-powered expensive personnel to manage their concerns with the government, well, they do get their affairs managed with the government. But what about the rest of us? So absolutely.

GLENN: So the name of the book is "Liberty's Secrets," and if you are a liberty lover, a homeschooler, somebody that is trying to make their way and understand, what are the essential things? The subtitle of the book: What is the lost wisdom -- what is the stuff that is laying on the scraps of the table that nobody is even looking at anymore that we need to remember and then also will be the secret for putting things back together -- I don't want to wreck the book. But, you know, the very end is liberty's resurrection. And you want to go into a little bit of -- because you do have optimism which mine's fading rather quickly, Joshua.

JOSHUA: Well, I don't know how much I would say it's optimism. I'm not a -- I'm not a pessimist. I'm a short-term pessimist, no doubt. But, you know, I read a lot of history, as I know you do too. And I was just in Egypt this summer. Was seeing some amazing stuff. And you just learn that there are waves to these things. There's crests and there's downfalls and there's rises. And things wax and wane.

GLENN: Yeah.

JOSHUA: And we've seen people get it together. And so, you know, I don't know for sure. But what I talk about in that concluding section is just, if we want to be free, this has got to be our attitude. And the fact is that liberty is not a risk-free proposition. It is inherently risky. But it is that risk which allows the greatest display of human flourishing and greatness, in the first place. You can't have that display of human greatness, ingenuity, you know, increase in the quality of life -- you can't have that if everybody is just worried about being secure. And that's what I think is happening.

So those are the general things that I talk about. I don't lay out a program. I don't lay out ten points. Do this. No, no, I don't get into contemporary commentary. I just get into just, here are just some principles. And one of them is, we have to be willing to take risks. And liberty has always been a proposition which it has to be defended in every generation. And if it's not, it goes away. And there have been times when it's come back, and our founders knew that. And so, you know, who knows? But I hope that is certainly the prognosis for us as well.

GLENN: Joshua Charles. The name of the book is "Liberty's Secrets."

"Liberty's Secrets," available wherever books are sold. But this definitely needs to be on your shelf and well-read. Thank you very much, Joshua. I appreciate it.

JOSHUA: Thank you. Appreciate it.

GLENN: God bless.

Corruption, greed, and death. This is what the Left’s border policy is REALLY about, not the humanitarian effort they claim it is.

On tonight's episode of "Glenn TV," Glenn Beck exposes the groups benefitting from the border chaos under the Biden administration. A leftist money supply flows to NGOs on the border that are now taking the roles that the government should be filling with immigration and helping immigrants to flood into the U.S. Glenn asks: Why is the U.N. funding the flow of migrants to our border and subverting Congress? Why are former Biden staffers working for “non-profits” that are now getting exclusive, HIGHLY irregular multimillion-dollar border contracts? Worse than that, the consequences of Biden’s border policy have now turned deadly. National Guard members at the border are dying, fentanyl from China pours across the border, and terrorists have found an easy path to enter our country.

Finally, Glenn asks Texas Rep. Chip Roy if it’s time to impeach DHS Secretary Mayorkas for his negligence that is costing American lives.

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I can no longer relate to the modern pro-choice woman. I don’t want to shout my abortion. I want to pretend it never happened. Up until the SCOTUS leak, I had done a pretty good job of burying my 20-year secret. But the Roe v. Wade information earthquake triggered an eruption. I can no longer pretend to be ambivalent or leave it to blue-check pro-lifers to speak for me. My days of repeating the “safe, legal, and rare” mantra like a good, GenX libertarian feminist are over.

Some pro-abortion activists call their life-ending procedure “self-care,” like they just booked a hot stone massage or a facial at a spa. This is a polite euphemism many women tell themselves – not because we are cold-blooded killers, but because it’s how we survive. We HAVE to lie in order to justify what is actually taking place. Denial is a protective coating, a barrier from the truth. Remember, any woman born after Roe v. Wade has been programmed to believe that abortion is a natural-born right. “It’s legal; therefore it must not be evil. This is a medical procedure. Women do it every day.” Planned Parenthood has a nice way of describing abortion on its website: “A doctor uses a combination of medical tools and a suction device to gently take the pregnancy tissue out of your uterus.” “Gently take the tissue out.” Benign euphemisms that wrap our hearts and minds in a suffocating cocoon. Benign euphemisms to keep us in line.

I was raised in the Bible Belt and to believe that sex before marriage was the gravest of sins. You’d be better off robbing a store by pistol than to be caught fornicating with a boy. And yet I did fornicate with a boy. No boy I’d ever be proud to bring around to my parents. I never gave him the option to talk me out of it. I just demanded he pay half for the procedure and never speak of it again. I told myself it would be easier to survive the hidden shame of the abortion than wear the shame of my sin on my belly for the next nine months.

...the pill I took made an ugly, painful mess, and it didn’t finish the job.

I took the so-called “easy” way out at six weeks along and swallowed a pill I got from some abortionist who gave me the creeps. He was no medical saint like the one portrayed in “The Cider House Rules,” nobly saving women from coat-hanger abortions. The doctor in my story made a quick buck at the expense of terrified “good girls.” Years later I would learn he kept aborted fetuses in buckets and was under investigation for shady medical practices. I couldn’t leave his clinic fast enough, but at least I wouldn’t have to miss work or skip my college classes. I could finish my degree and still make my parents proud. How convenient. But the pill I took made an ugly, painful mess, and it didn’t finish the job. Now I had to see a real obstetrician, get an ultrasound, and deal with the aftermath.

This doctor’s office was nicer. It had bright lights and pink walls. Although my doctor was professional, I still felt the quiet judgment in her voice. I refused to look at the image of my tortured fetus on the screen. I knew what it would mean if I did – my feminist career ambitions would lose the battle to my soul if I looked at that baby. The doctor told me the fetus was still viable but likely mentally damaged. The “kinder” thing to do would be to finish the job at an in-clinic abortion. End the fetus’ suffering and end my own self-torture. I woke up from anesthesia to learn the abortion was complete. It’s over so quickly, but the internal conflict hangs. And hangs.

You find weird ways to cope. Not long after, I discovered an abandoned robin’s egg, still perfectly intact. I wrapped it in a sock and carried it with me for over a decade. If I couldn’t do right by my own child, maybe I could keep this unhatched egg safe. Eventually, I had to come to terms with the fact that the bird egg was dead, and I got therapy. He was a good New York psychologist. Secular, liberal, tolerant. He helped me to forgive myself, but I always knew who I really needed to ask for forgiveness …

It’s easy for a young woman with all those stockpiled eggs in her ovaries to be pro-choice. She can toss away the miracle of life like a rotten banana or a bruised apple because it is easily replaced. It wasn’t until I was forced to confront the mortality of my own fertility that I felt the full force of my regret.

But I do not write this letter to achieve redemption or to be the new face of the pro-life movement. You will not see me pleading with women outside an abortion clinic. You will not see me protesting with a cutesy, homemade sign at the March for Life. You will not see me sparring on Twitter, confronting baby-killers with cold, hard facts. For now, you will not even know my name. I suppose this is not very brave, but my story is not complete and God’s work in me is in an active state. Mine is a modest mission: Maybe if I’m honest about my own wounds, I can help other women like me to heal. Maybe I can love the terrified, knocked-up woman in the Bible Belt who believes the best worst lies our society has ever told, better than any conservative talk show host ever could.

The SCOTUS leak ripped a band-aid off a festering 50-year-old wound.

The SCOTUS leak ripped a band-aid off a festering 50-year-old wound. It’s naive to think we will fix this mess for the unborn overnight and deprogram men and women plugged into 50 years of slick, well-packaged lies. Slavery was legal in the U.S. for over 200 years before we fought a war to end it. And it was another 100 years before we ended state-sanctioned racism.

When it comes to the issue of defending innocent life, I know it’s hard to be patient. This is a clear battle of good vs. evil for many on the right, but you need allies like me – the former “safe, legal, and rare” pro-choicers who are afraid to come out of the shadows. Afraid to become a political prop in the culture wars, but willing to do the quiet missionary work in our back yards.

I hope for the day future progressives look back in horror at today’s progressives fighting to keep abortion on demand. I hope for the day the New York Times publishes the pro-life version of the 1619 Project. Maybe they’ll call it the “1973 Project,” “whose mission is to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of abortion and the contribution of the pro-life movement at the very center of our national narrative.”

Until that day, I want to help these women to be braver than me. To see beyond their impossible tomorrow. If I had allowed someone the chance to help me be brave, I might not have had the same successful career, but I would have a 20-year-old son or daughter in whom to invest this unexplained overflow in my heart.

Dear EV drivers: Think you're safe from soaring gas prices? Think again.

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Diesel fuel prices have surged to record levels, adding to already record-high inflation in the U.S. But most Americans don't drive cars that run on diesel, and many have turned to electric vehicles (EVs) to avoid the ever-increasing pain at the pump. So, how would diesel supply shortages — and the resulting sky-high prices — affect you or your budget?

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck explained why every American should be concerned about the rising cost of diesel.

"Diesel fuel is the fuel that powers the economy," Glenn began. "How does that work? Well, let's start over in China. You want something from China, you have to put it onto a big boat, a slow boat from China, and that's powered by diesel.

"Then, it gets to our docks," he continued. "You know all of those big cranes and everything else that take that crap off of the ship and then put it on the ground? Run by diesel. And then the forklifts that come and pick it up and then bring it over to the train, those run on diesel. And then the train, those engines, they run on diesel. And then the trucks that get it halfway across the country from the train where they're picked up again by the forklifts, run by diesel. Then they're put into another truck, also run by diesel."

"I sure hope all the people bragging about their electric cars as gas prices skyrocket have a backup plan for their food too. Because as diesel prices go crazy, so does the price of EVERYTHING," Glenn posted on Twitter.

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President Joe Biden said “This MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that’s existed in American history, in recent American history,” during a speech from the White House on Wednesday.

BlazeTV host Glenn Beck took to Twitter to respond to Biden's outrageous assertion by sharing 50 incidents of far-left violence from 2016 to 2020.

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In addition to those 50 relatively recent incidents, Glenn also brought up a few earlier examples of far-left violence that, no doubt, our president would rather forget.

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