Matt Walsh: 3 Solid Reasons Why Socialism Resonates With Young People

Matt Walsh, contributor at TheBlaze.com, joined The Glenn Beck Program on Thursday to talk socialism, rabbit holes and apes with guest host Buck Sexton.

"Young people have more favorable --- according to different polls I've seen --- more favorable impressions of socialism than capitalism. Is this sort of just the progressive dream of many decades of controlling education coming to fruition? Is this just public ignorance of history? What's happening here?" Buck asked.

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Matt Walsh offered three solid reasons on why socialism resonates with young people today:

I think the first is just stupidity. A lot of people are very, very stupid. We can't forget that.

I think that young people, especially those that are lost and weren't raised, you know, with any kind of moral foundation of any kind, you rebel against things just because they exist and you go for something else just because it's different.

I think the third thing is the saddest reason . . . that we've lost . . . the young generation has lost what I think should be an instinct, to kind of want to go out on your own, make your own way in life, be independent, be free, you know, self-determination. These are things that a lot of people in my generation aren't inclined to.

The progressive left, as we know, have been remarkably effective at delivering their message --- through infusing public education with leftist ideology and, according to Walsh, tying it to the morality of good vs. bad. Conservatives, on the other hand, have failed to make the case that their principles and values are the best way to equal the playing field and help people rise above their circumstances.

To win over younger voters, Walsh believes the conservative right will have to connect on an emotional level, not just a logical one.

"So I think what conservatives have to do is come back and not just explain why capitalism makes people wealthier, but to explain why it's the morally superior arrangement. And this shows that the moral message is what appeals to people more than anything. It speaks right to their heart," Walsh said.

Speaking about reacting on an emotional level, Buck turned the conversation to Hambre the gorilla being shot and killed when a young boy fell into the silverback's enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. Walsh's article on TheBlaze --- One Human Is More Important Than A Million Gorillas. And We All Know It. --- brought out a visceral reaction from those who view animal life equal to or above human life. While much of the criticism was somewhat levelheaded, plenty of comments were off the rails.

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"I also encountered hundreds of people who flat-out said, 'Look, it's not the ape's fault that the kid fell in there. It's the fault of the parent. It's the fault of the kid, even.' And so, you know, survival of the fittest. The ape is stronger. You shouldn't make the ape pay the price for the stupid decision of the parents of the kids, and that means that the kid dies," Walsh said.

The national outrage, candlelight vigils and wreaths placed by a gorilla statue were ridiculous and over the top for Walsh.

"People die all the time. You don't see this reaction. One hundred twenty-five thousand unborn humans are killed every day in the world --- every day. Fifty million human beings are killed in the womb every year. And there are no monuments."

Why would someone place an animal life over a human? Walsh believes it's directly related to the rabbit hole progressives would find themselves in if they answered one question: Why is human life sacred and special?

"Why is it sacred? You know, I recognize that it must be true. Why is it true? And it must be true because there's some sort of power, some dimension outside of our own, some creative source from which we, you know, derive that value, which is what is explained in the Declaration of Independence. And if that's true, then that means that we have a moral responsibility to treat human life with respect and dignity. But if we have a moral responsibility, then what does that mean? And pretty soon, as progressives travel down this path and they fall down this rabbit hole and they get to the bottom, and they realize they're wrong about literally everything they think," Walsh said.

It's easier for many to accept a twisted worldview than to admit to being wrong.

"They're not willing to confront these questions which may lead them to the conclusion that they're wrong about everything," Walsh said.

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Elon Musk calls Biden a 'damp sock puppet,' says the president treats Americans 'like fools'

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Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Tesla, took to Twitter on Thursday to remind President Joe Biden that he left a certain key player out of a discussion about the future of building electric vehicles in the United States.

After meeting with General Motors Chair and CEO Mary Barra and Ford Motor Co. CEO Jim Farley, among others — but not including Musk — at the White House, Biden tweeted, "I meant it when I said the future was going to be made right here in America. Companies like GM and Ford are building more electric vehicles here at home than ever before."

Musk first responded by tweeting, "Starts with a T, Ends with an A, ESL in the middle."

Later in the thread, Musk seemed to agree with Twitter user Kim Paquette by tweeting: "Biden is treating the American public like fools."

Finally, Musk tweeted his pièce de résistance (at least for the day): "Biden is a damp [sock] puppet in human form."

This isn't the first time Musk has taken issue with the current administration. In December, he railed against Biden's "Build Back Better Act", saying he's deeply concerned about how the multitrillion-dollar bill would increase the national debt. In October, Musk slammed the administration's proposed tax on unrealized capital gains, warning Americans that "eventually, they run out of other people's money and then they come for you."

And who could forget Musk's spectacular Twitter spat with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass)? In case you missed it, Warren called Musk a freeloader after Time magazine named him "Person of the Year." Musk shot back with, "If you opened your eyes for 2 seconds, you would realize I will pay more taxes than any American in history this year. Don’t spend it all at once … oh wait you did already."

On his radio program Thursday, BlazeTV's Glenn Beck spoke out in Musk's defense. He praised Musk's "American spirit," noting the South African-born American entrepreneur's humble beginnings.

"Do you know that when Elon Musk and his brother launched their first company, Zip2, Elon was living in his office and he was showering at the YMCA? Did you know that? But he was in America. He's got more American spirit in him than most people I see every day. He's gone from showering at the YMCA to now mapping out a trip to Mars and he'll do it. Why? Because he has that American spirit in him."

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When Biden was given the keys to the Oval Office in January 2021, gas was $2.50 a gallon and the inflation rate was 1.4%. Today gas is at $3.32 a gallon and the inflation rate is at 7% ... and STILL RISING. These are just 12 months of numbers, but we’re clearly in a worrying decline. While the economy has opened up more post-COVID, it’s not just getting worse — we’re going IN REVERSE.

On "Glenn TV" Wednesday, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard (and the very top of his studio ceiling) to explain what’s happening to inflation and why it’s so hard for your family to afford basic goods and groceries. It’s not “corporate greed,” as Democrats have been telling you. The Biden administration wants to continue to spend trillions of dollars to “reinvent capitalism,” but that’s in addition to the trillions that are being pumped out IN THE SHADOWS.

Glenn exposes what the Fed has been doing behind closed doors and shows us the tidal wave that’s about to hit. He’s looked at the numbers, and they're frightening. Carol Roth, former Wall Street investment banker and author of “The War on Small Business,” gives advice to Americans who want to protect their checking and savings accounts before it’s too late.

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The stock markets have taken a nosedive in the biggest downtrend since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. But that's nothing compared to what's coming thanks to our government's embrace of modern monetary theory, warned BlazeTV's Glenn Beck on the radio program.

"It really is important that you understand what's happening to us," Glenn stated. "Modern monetary theory is truly the [fuel] ... for the great reset. It is the idea that we can print as much money and spend as much money as we want," he explained.

"Then the next step is to release the Federal Reserve digital currency and make payments by other currencies [including cryptocurrencies] illegal," he continued. "And you're seeing it happen now in real time. Why would they do this? Because you cannot print this kind of money without having absolute control over how it is spent."

Glenn broke down the steps powerful political organizations — like the Federal Reserve — will take to end currency competition and enact a Federal digital dollar, which will allow for the government to have complete control over how we spend our money.

"This is what's coming. This is coming quickly, and events will make it move faster. For instance, why is Joe Biden basically giving Ukraine to Russia? He's giving it to them. He he knows Russia's not afraid of him. Putin knows that [Biden] is not going to do anything ... neither is NATO. They're not going to do anything," Glenn said.

"It's because war resets everything. War is the best great resetter. Changes boundaries. It changes borders. It changes laws. It changes societies. It changes currencies. It changes everything. And in the end you just want the war to stop. And so you you accept whatever it is the terms are that you're going to have to live under now. We're in very, very dangerous times. The only way to survive this is to know why they are dangerous times."

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Chances are, you've noticed that many large companies have decided to become woke activists, despite the fact that alienating half your customer base is a terrible business strategy.

This woke shift isn't being driven by the usual market forces. It's the Great Reset's ESG score system at work, Glenn Beck said on "GlennTV." Under the “environmental, social, and governance” score system, companies will no longer make decisions based on what you, the consumer, want. Now, it's all about what those in power deem society should want. And it's not just businesses that are affected, he explained.

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