The Kondratiev Wave (You Won't See This at the Super Bowl)

Soviet economist Nikolai Kondratiev was Stalin's chief economist. He studied capitalism, identifying and coining what's called the Kondratiev wave. The wave represents the cycles of an economy in seasonal terms --- spring, summer, winter, fall and the green shoots.

Spring is all about new ideas, change. During summer, things get a little relaxed, lazy. In the fall, leaves start to die and then transition into a winter --- a recession or depression. And then, spring again, the green shoots --- new ideas --- start to sprout up.

That's exactly how America once worked.

"If you look back at the American wave, up until the Fed, those were happening about every ten to 20 years," Glenn said Friday on The Glenn Beck Program. "And you see that we were going through very short, less than-a-year depressions. And everything would crash --- come crashing down. And then there would be this depression where everybody would be like, 'Oh, my gosh. I'm out of money.' But within a year, things started going up again."

When the government became too involved, choosing winners and losers, it interrupted the natural flow of things. Problems didn't corrected fully and purely.

"Every time we try to get government involved to slow it down, what it does is it adds a layer of corruption and allows people to be more and more stupid and not pay for their sins," Glenn said. "It allows for corruption to happen in the banking system and never have to pay for it. Because somebody will bail you out. There's no real cost to that."

The solution is smaller government.

"That's why we have to get off of the Fed. That's why we have to get back to the Constitution," Glenn said. "That's why we have to get back to a real free system."

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

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

GLENN: Yeah. Okay. Why? Why?

If you go back and you look and you look at the Kondratiev wave, which is the spring, summer, winter, fall, the green shoots. Okay. This was Kondratiev. He was Stalin's chief economist, and he went back and looked at capitalism.

JEFFY: Pat and I were just talking about the Kondratiev wave.

GLENN: Shut up.

PAT: We were doing that documentary on Kondratiev a while ago. Remember that?

JEFFY: Right! And it goes up and down with the green shoots.

GLENN: Just let me know when you're done.

PAT: Okay. I think we're done.

GLENN: Okay. Good.

So the Kondratiev wave where the spring comes. New ideas. And people start to -- kind of like tech industry. Okay. New ideas. New things are happening. And you can see these green shoots that, oh, my gosh, everything is going to change. But then it kind of settles in, in the summer, where all of these companies get fat, they get sassy, they get lazy. And they're like, "You know what, we're going to be here forever."

Then you start to see autumn. And you start to see the leaves change, and the seasons change. And you're like, "You know what, something is going to fold here. Something is not right." And everybody hanging on and hangs on and hangs on, until all the leaves are gone. And then it's in the winter. And it hammers into winter, which is a recession or a depression.

Then it balances things out, and you start to see green shoots again. Well, if you look back at the American wave, up until the Fed, those were happening about every ten to 20 years. And you see that we were going through very short, less than-a-year depressions. And everything would crash -- come crashing down. And then there would be this depression where everybody would be like, "Oh, my gosh. I'm out of money." But within a year, things started going up again. Okay?

It's like burning the underbrush of a forest. You have to burn an underbrush, otherwise the entire forest will burn down.

This is what the fed was to do. The fed was to stop those depressions and those giant spikes. Well, they didn't, did they? They've spaced them out farther, but they've made them bigger. So the -- we never had a Great Depression before. We had depressions. 1920 was a depression deeper than 1933. 1929, 1933, deeper than the Great Depression. But because we didn't have the Fed -- the Fed was not prepared to turn all the levers. It was over within a year, and it led to the Roaring Twenties.

So every time we try to get government involved to slow it down, what it does is it adds a layer of corruption and allows people to be more and more stupid and not pay for their sins. It allows for corruption to happen in the banking system and never have to pay for it. Because somebody will bail you out. There's no real cost to that.

That's why we have to get off of the Fed. That's why we have to get back to the Constitution. That's why we have to get back to a real free system. And a real free system doesn't include special payments to the government so they can prop up a certain company.

When he talks about, you know, the drug companies and you can't do anything about it, his solution is, control the drug company. Well, that will lead to less and less innovation and ground-breaking drugs. So his idea is, let's control it. Instead, what you should do is get the drug companies out of the lobbying business entirely. There shouldn't be the lobbying business in Washington.

When you start to have these big companies lobby -- why were the drug companies, why were the insurance companies for Obamacare? How is that possible?

PAT: Because --

GLENN: It was good for them.

PAT: Yeah. Big-time good for them.

GLENN: It was good for them. It's bad for us. But their lobbyists got in and made it good for the elites and for the companies. And we all lost. That's why you have to clean up the corruption. And the only way to clean up the corruption is to make the government small enough to where it doesn't matter. It stays out and lets people do their own thing. And you let those companies rise and fall. If somebody is going to screw the public -- yes, people are going to get screwed. People are going to get hurt. But it will happen, and it will happen quickly. And the government's job is to put those people in jail, period.

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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."

Watch the video clip below for more or find the full podcast with Abigail Shrier here:

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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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Our Fourth Amendment, which protects our right to privacy, has never been in more danger. Journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain how the digital world has given leaders — both in government and corporations — the ability to not only spy on Americans, but to track their patterns of behavior, too.

Lara explained why, even if you think you have nothing to hide, you should be very concerned. Because these digital "human terrain maps" could be used to manipulate you in any way those in control see fit.

"The purpose of your privacy is much more than just being out of public view," Lara said. "There is really nothing that's more central to our democracy than the right to privacy. I mean, all of the rights in the Constitution have a real purpose, and a real value, and if we allow people to take them away from us, we voluntarily are surrendering that. We are lambs to the slaughter.

"They're not just looking at what you have to hide. They're looking to manipulate you into doing what they want. These are control systems. That's what they are," Lara explained. "What they do with the information is they create a 'human terrain map' for every single person on the planet, anyone within a digital signature or within their reach. They are creating a human terrain map that can be used against you, by anyone."

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