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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Winston Marshall assumed that he would be playing banjo with Mumford & Sons well into his 60s, but one tweet — simply recommending Andy Ngo's book — was all it took for the woke mob to attack. At first, Winston apologized, saying he "was certainly open to not understanding the full picture." But after doing some research, not to mention a whole lot of soul-searching, his conscience "really started to bother" him.

On the latest episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast," Winston opened up about the entire scandal, what he discovered in the wake of his cancellation, and why he's decided to put truth over career.

"I looked deeper and deeper into the topic, and I realized I hadn't I hadn't been wrong [when] I'd called the author brave," Winston said of Ngo. "Not only was he brave, he'd been attacked by Antifa mobs in Oregon, and he was then attacked again ... he's unquestionably brave. And so my conscience really started to bother me ... I felt like I was in some way excusing the behavior of Antifa by apologizing for criticizing it. Which then made me feel, well, then I'm as bad as the problem because I'm sort of agreeing that it doesn't exist," he added.

"Another point, by the way, that I found it very frustrating, was that that left-wing media in this country and in my country don't even talk about [Antifa]. We can all see this footage. We see it online," Winston continued. "But they don't talk about it, and that's part of my, I think, interest initially in tweeting about Andy's book. Because I think people need to see what's going on, and it's a blind spot there. ... CNN and MSNBC, they don't cover it. Biden in his presidential election said it was just 'an idea' that didn't exist. I mean, did he not see the courthouse in Oregon being burnt down?"

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FBI whistleblower Steve Friend exposed the FBI for its handling of the investigation into the January 6 riot — and paid the price. Friend joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to describe the series of events that eventually led him not only to leave the FBI, but to speak out against potential abuses within the department as well. The crux of his story began with cases concerning the January 6, 2021, riot and one arrest warrant that he refused to take part in.


Friend also joined Glenn on his "Targets of Tyranny" special to explain why he believed the January 6 cases were run by Washington, D.C., and how the agency's handling of the "J6" investigations has been so "unusual" that he says he's "never" seen anything even close to this before.

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A judge has banned Texas father Jeff Younger from speaking about his son, James, who was taken from him by our courts after he refused to call his son a girl. But Jeff said he'd rather go to jail than comply: "I'll appear in handcuffs ... but I'm not taking this tyranny."

Jeff joined Glenn Beck on "Targets of Tyranny" to tell James' story and explain the biggest lessons he's learned while battling our legal system.

"This interview is illegal in the state of Texas," Jeff told Glenn. "I was banned from publishing any blog posts, social media post, publishing a newspaper article, doing any writing at all about my situation. I was also permanently banned from doing interviews, doing podcasts, appearing on television interviews, and these are all specifically laid out," he explained.

"I was also banned from speaking on three political topics. I'm not allowed to talk about anything about transgender issues, gender expansiveness, or whether my son is a boy or a girl. And I have told this judge — and I tell this judge every time I do an interview — I will never follow your illegal and unconstitutional order. I have contempt for her as a judge issuing the order. I have maximum contempt for the tyrannical language of the order, and I will never follow the order," Jeff continued.

"I'm guilty of maximum criminal contempt in the 301st District Court of the state of Texas, and [the judge] is obligated to put me in jail for the maximum sentence, which is 180 days in the jail in Dallas County. Four days later, I'll be in the jail library with the writ of habeas corpus that I've already prepared. We will go to the 5th District, and we will see who's right. I'll appear in handcuffs, her in the judge's robe, but I'm not taking this tyranny. And I'm not going to stop speaking out about my son."

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Here's how deep Amazon's ties to the government REALLY go — and why it matters to YOU

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The world knows Amazon is an extraordinarily powerful company, but one family’s terrifying story demonstrates just how dark, dominant, and dishonorable the monopolistic corporation truly is. Amy Nelson’s husband, Carl, was accused of an unspecific crime by Amazon — his former employer — in 2020. Even though Carl was never charged with that crime, Amazon still seized nearly all the funds Amy and Carl had spent years acquiring. Everything was taken directly from their bank accounts via civil asset forfeiture. But the dangers of Amazon go even further.

Amy joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to detail just how menacing the relationship between Amazon and our federal government — specifically the DOJ — truly is.

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