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.

(laughter)

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.

STU: IKEA.

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.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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