How free is America's economy?

The United States ranked #12 in the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, just behind Denmark. On radio Wednesday, Glenn and radio co-hosts Pat and Stu explained why comparing ourselves to Denmark is pointless.

"Denmark doesn't work. And the Denmarkians know it," Glenn said.

Pat added, "Their lifestyle is not like ours."

To illustrate, Stu pointed out the average dwelling space in Denmark is about 900 square feet.

Glenn explained further.

"Denmark pays for a large and expensive welfare state. The only way you can with relative high taxes on the middle class, whose members pay both high income taxes and a VAT tax," Glenn said. "If Sanders were intelligently honest, he would acknowledge forthrightly that the only way to pay for generous benefits for the middle class is to tax the middle class, where most the income earners are. But Senator Sanders doesn't seem to think a great deal about these things."

Listen to the segment or read the full transcript below.

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

GLENN: The United States is currently the 12th freest economy in the world.

So when Bernie says, we're going to be like Denmark, he's lying to you. He has to know. But everybody thinks, "Well, Denmark is good."

PAT: No, it's not.

GLENN: Denmark doesn't work. And the Denmarkians know it.

PAT: The Danes know it. The Swedes know it. The Finns know it. The Norwegians know it. They all know it doesn't work. Their lifestyle is not like ours. It's just not.

GLENN: Pat, have you done -- have you done your heritage? Have you done your genealogy?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Do you have any Denmarkian in you?

PAT: I don't. Not a lick of Denmarkian.

GLENN: I do. I have Denmarkian. Please don't play around with the Dane thing. Us Denmarkians find that offensive. I have royal Denmarkian blood in me. I just want you to know that.

STU: I think the average dwelling -- because I was looking this up because Pat had mentioned earlier. Something like 900 square feet.

PAT: Yeah, it's right around there. 900 square feet. Now, the average in the United States is about 38 square feet. Is that right?

STU: Yeah, no, no. The average new home in the United States is over 2500 square feet. So three times basically as big.

PAT: It's pretty amazing.

GLENN: Denmark has strong property rights, relative freedom from corruption, low public debt, freedom of trade and investment, and their corporate tax is currently lower than ours.

PAT: Lower. By quite a bit.

GLENN: Is that a problem for anybody?

PAT: I like the bank situation too. Because he loves to talk about the banks and how evil they are.

GLENN: Denmark pays for a large and expensive welfare state. The only way you can with relative high taxes on the middle class, whose members pay both high income taxes and a VAT tax. If Sanders were intelligently honest, he would acknowledge forthrightly that the only way to pay for generous benefits for the middle class is to tax the middle class, where most the income earners are. But Senator Sanders doesn't seem to think a great deal about these things. He worries about the size of the holdings of our largest banks. And fret that six banks have assets equal to 65 percent of the US GDP. He doesn't consider that, in Switzerland, there are two banks whose combined assets are more than twice the GDP of Switzerland.

STU: Not 65 percent. But more than twice.

PAT: Okay. Double the GDP. It's 1.6 times as much in Denmark.

GLENN: Here's the thing, everything we're doing, including the big bailouts went to -- to make the banks bigger. I'm not for bigger banks, quite honestly. I'm for -- monopolies never work. Socialism is a monopoly, through the government. It doesn't work.

Never mind that Denmark's largest banking assets has 1.6 times Denmark's GDP. A lot more than 65 percent split among the six banks that troubles Mr. Sanders. It goes on and on and on. But Bernie Sanders apparently doesn't understand what us Denmarkians know.


STU: You just sound so native to Denmark.

PAT: You really do.

GLENN: You can't fake it. Ya sure.

STU: Wow, did you hear that?

GLENN: Oh, my gosh, I just slipped -- it's like when Hillary Clinton goes to the South, and she slips right into it. When I'm talking about Denmark as a Denmarkian and I just start to slip into, well, quite honestly, my wooden shoes.

STU: Yeah. You're big on the wooden shoes.

GLENN: Yeah. Which may be Holland. But I say, ya, damn Holland. You know what I mean?

PAT: I do.

STU: That's a good stance.

PAT: Yeah, it's powerful.

GLENN: If I were the king of Denmark, Holland would pay for its crimes.

PAT: Well, and it's so confusing to the rest of the world because a lot of people mix up Holland and Denmark.

GLENN: Right. Right. They're like, "Oh, you're from the -- you're from the Netherlands."

PAT: That's how confused they are. They don't even call it that anymore.

GLENN: No, I'm from Netherland. I don't know who these Netherlanders are.

STU: Netherlanders.

GLENN: Yes. I don't know who they are. But it's probably a plot by Holland.

STU: Ah.

GLENN: And the Swedes give us that boxy car. And then what? Nothing else.


PAT: Jeez.

GLENN: No, that's the Swiss.

PAT: Oh, yeah. Dang it.

STU: But IKEA are the Swiss. And they come with the Swedish meatballs and lingonberry juice. Whatever that is. I don't know what it is, but it's available at every IKEA.

GLENN: Well, because you're not Denmarkian. Lingonberry juice is the -- was the official drink of the Denmarkians, until the great Lingonberry War of 1761.

STU: 1761. Lingonberry War.

PAT: Should I Google that?

GLENN: Oh, it was awful. No. It's not up there. You know why? Holland.

PAT: Bastards.

GLENN: The people that make hollandaise sauce. Piss me off every time. They covered up the great Lingonberry War.

PAT: Did they commit genocide on the lingonberries?

STU: You're right. It's been deleted by Holland. You were actually right on it. I didn't think --

PAT: You were skeptical.

STU: I was skeptical at first.

PAT: Man. He's Denmarkian. Never doubt him.

GLENN: So I'm just coming to you and saying, Bernie Sanders doesn't know a damn thing about Denmark. You know, ask him about the Lingonberry War. He won't know.

PAT: He won't know. He won't know. He won't know.

Imagine sometime next year, getting called before HUWAC – the House Un-Woke Activities Committee.

"Are you or have you ever been a member of the un-woke?"

Something like that is not as far-fetched as you might think.

Last week, Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor during the Clinton administration, now a UC Berkeley professor, tweeted this:

Since the 1970s, there have been dozens of "Truth Commissions" around the world like the kind Robert Reich wants in America. Most of these have been set up in Africa and Latin America. Usually it happens in countries after a civil war, or where there's been a regime change – a dictator is finally overthrown, and a commission is set up to address atrocities that happened under the dictator. Or, as in the commissions in East Germany and Czechoslovakia, atrocities under communism. Or, in the most famous example, South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation commission addressed the decades of apartheid that ravaged that nation.

These commissions usually conclude with an official final report. These commissions and reports have served as a means of governments trying to close a dark chapter of their country's history, or provide emotional catharsis, as a way to generally move on. Sometimes it kind of works for people, most of the time it leaves people clamoring for more justice.

Here's how one professor described truth commissions in an article in The Conversation last year. He wrote:

The goal of a truth commission… is to hold public hearings to establish the scale and impact of a past injustice, typically involving wide-scale human rights abuses, and make it part of the permanent, unassailable public record. Truth commissions also officially recognize victims and perpetrators in an effort to move beyond the painful past… Some have been used cynically as tools for governments to legitimize themselves by pretending they have dealt with painful history when they have only kicked the can down the road.

See, this is the problem with a lot of "Truth" commissions – they are inherently political. Even if you trust your government and give them all the benefit of the doubt in the world that their Truth commission is trying to do the right thing, it is ALWAYS going to be political. Because these truth commissions are never set up by those who have LOST power in government. They're always established by those who have WON power.

The Deputy Executive Director of the International Center for Transitional Justice says one of the main points in these Truth commissions is that "the victims become protagonists."

A Department of Anti-racism is entirely within the realm of possibility.

So, who are the victims in Robert Reich's America? People like him, members of the far-Left who had to endure the atrocities of four years of a president with different political ideas. What an injustice. I mean, the left's suffering during the Trump administration is almost on the level of apartheid or genocide – so we totally need a Truth commission.

There have been lots of calls for the U.S. to have its own Truth and Reconciliation commission, especially around racial injustice.

This past June, Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California introduced legislation to establish the " United States Commission on Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation."

Ibram X. Kendi – the high priest of anti-racism, and author of Target's current favorite book " Antiracist Baby" – proposes a Constitutional anti-racism amendment. This amendment would:

establish and permanently fund the Department of Anti-racism (DOA) comprised of formally trained experts on racism and no political appointees. The DOA would be responsible for pre-clearing all local, state and federal public policies to ensure they won't yield racial inequity, monitor those policies, investigate private racist policies when racial inequity surfaces, and monitor public officials for expressions of racist ideas. The DOA would be empowered with disciplinary tools to wield over and against policymakers and public officials who do not voluntarily change their racist policy and ideas.

If you think that is far-fetched, you haven't been paying attention to the Left's growing radicalism. In a Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration, a Department of Anti-racism is entirely within the realm of possibility. And of course, such a DOA would never stop at policing government.

We're in a dangerous, precarious moment in our history. Given the events of 2020, should Democrats gain the White House, the Senate, and the House, how many commissions will be in our future? They will suddenly have plenty of political capital to drag the nation through years of commission hearings.

And the Left's form of justice is never satisfied. You think it will stop at a T&R commission on race? MSNBC's Chris Hayes tweeted this month about the need for a commission to deal with Americans who are skeptical about wearing masks:

Or what about a Truth commission on religion? I mean, look at those reckless churches spreading Covid this year. Or this would be a big one – a T&R commission on climate change deniers.

The Left is highly selective when it comes to truth. That's why they are the very last group you want in charge of anything with "Truth and Reconciliation" in the title.

This is one of the most incredibly frustrating things about the Left in America today. The Left insists there is no such thing as absolute truth, while simultaneously insisting there are certain approved truths that are undeniable.

So, you can't question "Science" – even though that's pretty much what every great scientist in history did.

You can't question racism as the explanation for all of existence – because, well, just because.

You can't question third-party "Fact-checkers" – because the powers that be, mainly Big Tech right now, have decided they are the Truth referees and you have to trust what they say because they're using certified external fact-checkers. They just forgot to tell you that they actually fund these third-party fact-checkers. It's like if McDonald's told you to trust third-party health inspectors that they were paying for.

The Left thinks it has a monopoly on Truth. They're the enlightened ones, because they've had the correct instruction, they're privy to the actual facts. It's psychotic arrogance. If you don't buy what they're selling, even if you're just skeptical of it, it's because you either don't have the facts, you willingly deny the facts, or you're simply incapable of grasping the truth because you're blinded by your raging racism problem. It's most likely the racism problem.

The Left never learns from its own preaching. For the past 60-plus years they've decried the House Un-American Activities Committee for trying to root out communists, getting people canceled, ruining Hollywood careers, etcetera. But a HUAC-type committee is precisely what Robert Reich is describing and many on the Left want. It's not enough for Trump to be voted out of office. Americans who helped put him there must be punished. They don't want reconciliation, they want retribution. Because the Left doesn't simply loathe Donald Trump, the Left loathes YOU.

President Donald Trump's performance at last night's final presidential debate was "brilliant" and "the best he's ever done," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Friday.

Glenn described the moments he thought President Trump came across as "sincere," "kind," and "well-informed," as well as Joe Biden's biggest downfalls for of the night — from his big statement on wanting to eliminate the oil industry to his unsurprising gaffes as the debate neared the end. But, the question remains: was Trump's "brilliant performance" enough to win the election?

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This is a moment "Cynical Theories" author James Lindsay probably hoped would never come. The liberal mathematician and host of the "New Discourses Podcast" recently came out as "unhappily" voting Republican, including for President Donald Trump, because the Democratic Party is now being controlled by a far-left movement that seeks to destroy our country and the U.S. Constitution.

He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain why this election isn't "Trump versus Biden." It's Trump versus a "movement that wants to tear apart American society at its very foundation." Lindsay warned that if it isn't stopped, the left can toss out our rights by rewriting the Constitution — or abolishing it altogether.

"A lot of people don't understand what's happening with the election we have right now," he said. "They think it's a choice between Donald Trump and Joe Biden. And at the surface level, of course, it is. We're voting for each candidate to be duly put into the office of president. But that's not what we really have going on. We have, in Donald Trump, a man who's going to govern as we've all seen — the way he feels like he's going to govern. And we have in Joe Biden, a man captured by a movement that wants to tear apart the American society at its very foundation."

Lindsay noted the popular leftist narratives that call to "abolish anything they don't like," which now includes the U.S. Constitution. He added that "this is the movement that is controlling the Democratic Party."

"It is my belief, that there has been a largely effective kind of silent coup of the Democratic Party, that's turned it completely under the control of this movement. And that's what we're going to be electing with Joe Biden. So I can't do it," he said.

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Tonight at 9 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CT, Glenn Beck goes straight to the source of the biggest story in the country with Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who takes us directly into Hunter Biden's alleged laptop.

Despite Big Tech's attempts to squash this story, there should be a mad scramble in the media to get to the bottom of major corruption allegations, but they're willfully ignoring it. However, this is not just a story about Hunter Biden. This is all about Joe Biden. It's a story Glenn has been investigating for over a year that traces back to Ukraine and China. It goes directly to the root of corruption within our political system: How politicians use their family members to enrich the entire clan and sell out their country. While the media looks the other way, Glenn asks Mayor Giuliani to show us the evidence. Giuliani details the chain of possession of the laptop and reveals news that he only had possession of the laptop days before the New York Post story broke. He says, "I reported this the day after I saw it."

He also drops a major bombshell on the show and says Big Tech doesn't want you to see evidence that "establishes with texts, documents, contracts" that "Joe Biden was a 10% partner with a Chinese communist … and there are witnesses that will come forward and testify to it."

Big Tech censorship is out of control. So to watch tonight's explosive episode of Glenn TV, you must be a BlazeTV subscriber. Because Big Tech is doing whatever it can to limit free speech, we're offering our most important discount on BlazeTV ever. Use promo code GLENN to get $30 off a one-year subscription, so you'll have 24/7 access to news and entertainment completely free of biased "fact-checks" and censorship.

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