Let's see if those chalkboard lessons paid off.
Class was in session Wednesday on The Glenn Beck Program, and it was test day. Glenn gave a pop quiz straight from the pages of his new book, Liars: How Progressives Exploit Our Fears for Power and Control, now the number one selling book in the country, according to Nielsen BookScan.
"I've got a quiz that I want you to take," Glenn said.
"Oh, we have to take a test?" Jeffy lamented.
"Yeah, you have to take a test," Glenn affirmed. "The quiz is: Are You a Progressive? Now, this is from page 184 of Liars. Most people think they are not a progressive. I wonder."
Glenn challenged listeners and his co-hosts to take the 21-question quiz. He also gave test results for Pat, Stu and Jeffy. Is there a progressive at The Glenn Beck Program? Find out below after taking the quiz.
A = Strongly Agree
B = Somewhat Agree
C = Neither Agree nor Disagree
D = Somewhat Disagree
E = Strongly Disagree
TAKE THE QUIZ
1. How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "Economic inequality is a major problem in modern industrial societies"?
2. One proper role of government is to ensure that nobody gets left behind due to circumstances beyond their control.
3. Each of us bears responsibility for the safety, welfare, and happiness of our fellow man.
4. When choosing between two possible laws, we should always choose the law that provides the greatest benefit to the largest number of people.
5. Because individual people sometimes act selfishly, it is OK for government to pass laws that limit choices to ensure that people don't get taken advantage of.
6. It's acceptable for the government to provide public funding to private charitable organizations that provide useful services to the poor.
7. The wealthiest people in society have the greatest responsibility to provide for the services and basic needs of the poor.
8. Because some people make unhealthy choices about what they put into their bodies, it's acceptable to pass laws that makes certain things illegal or at least harder to acquire.
9. Big companies who gain a monopoly over a given market pose a major threat to society and should be broken up or regulated to protect consumers.
10. If we really want to, we could eliminate poverty through greater education, a safe environment, and fair workplaces.
11. It's an unfortunate reality that many people are inherently greedy, selfish, and violent, and they cause most of the problems in society.
12. In any question of individual rights versus group rights, the rights of the group are greater because the individual is just one person while the group is many people.
13. The idea of race is an old-fashioned social construct, and there really is no difference between the various racial and ethnic groups.
14. The world would be a much better place if we treated males and females as completely equal in every way.
15. Because all cultures have something to offer, we should give every culture and social group an equal voice in making laws, policies, and setting standards.
16. The closer we get to a world where everyone has equal wealth and status, the more perfect the world will be.
17. A true democracy where the majority vote rules is the only fair way for a government to operate.
18. Individuals should have the right of free speech, unless their speech can be shown to hurt or offend other people.
19. If people aren't willing to contribute to charity when they can afford to, it's acceptable to pass laws to force them to give money to certain charities.
20. Money (or the love of money) is the root of all evil in the world.
21. People are better off when progress is driven by science and social discourse, rather than by religion or faith.
Scoring Per Question
A = 5 points
B = 4 points
C = 3 points
D = 2 points
E = 1 point
Using the scoring card above, how did Pat, Stu and Jeffy fare? Pat got 27 points, Stu got 25 points and Jeffy got . . . 46 points. What does that mean? It means an intervention may be required for Jeffy based on the answer key:
0-20 = Ron Paul (Libertarian)
21-35 = Ted Cruz (Conservative)
36-60 = Jeb Bush (Moderate)
61-80 = Donald Trump (Moderate Progressive)
81-100 = Hillary/Obama (Liberal Progressive)
100+ = Bernie Sanders (Socialist Progressive)
"100 plus, you're Karl Marx himself," Glenn joked.
Glenn had a great suggestion for people who have the book.
"How can we get Democrats to take this? You know what, anybody who has the book, take these pages and Xerox them. Cut out the names, cut out my name obviously, and give it to your Democratic friends and have them take this," Glenn said.
"I think a lot of people would be like, 'Oh, of course we have responsibility for everyone's happiness.'" Stu said.
"A lot of people would do that," Pat agreed.
"You can find it starting on page 184 in the new book Liars, which is available everywhere. Just got the BookScan numbers . . . number one selling book in the country.
"Nice!" Stu said.
"We'll see what the New York Times says," Glenn replied.
"Number 65 book in the country," Stu joked.
Liars: How Progressives Exploit Our Fears for Power and Control, now the number one selling book in the country, is available at bookstores everywhere.
Listen to this segment, beginning at mark 1:01, from The Glenn Beck Program: