Pendulum: If Glenn's Radio Show Went on Chemo, Here's How It Would Look

A book called Pendulum: How Past Generations Shape Our Present and Predict Our Future sat on Glenn's desk for a long time. When he finally took the time to read it, he was amazed to discover it validated his own long-held "pendulum theory" --- in a big way.

"Friends of mine have been saying to me, 'Glenn, you got to read this book,'" Glenn told radio listeners Wednesday. "So I've been trying to catch up on all of my reading lately and trying to get through of all of them, and I've been reading a lot of history books."

Pendulum breaks down societal trends into the "we" generation and the "me" generation.

The "me" generation says, "Can't we all get along? You're okay, I'm okay." On the flip side, the "we" generation says, "I'm okay, you're not okay." At its zenith, it goes from "you're not okay" to "you're an enemy."

According to Pendulum, that's exactly where we are right now.

"So how do you solve that?" Glenn asked.

The strongman's answer would be to remove everyone in his path because the ends justify the means. To counteract this trend, the authors of Pendulum suggests two things: Listen with your whole heart and try not to interrupt.

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Glenn described how he's trying to navigate this issue:

Right now, what we’re doing on this radio show is chemotherapy. We are taking the medicine that we think we have to take, which is, be more Christ-like . . . try to articulate what people are saying and listen to people. And don’t demonize.

Yet, we balance that with, there are things we have to speak out against, we have to take a strong stand against. And how do we do that without killing ourself? Well, I describe this as chemotherapy. We are trying to take the medicine that we believe we have to take, and we’re hoping that it kills the infection before it kills us.

Watch the clip or read the transcript below for more.

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

GLENN: So, first, be an example and listen. Two, be capable of articulating calmly how the other side sees it. So not only do you have to listen, you have to be able to say, "Okay. So here's how the other side sees it."

Now, this is amazing because I just read this part this morning. This is what I've had trouble from, from many people, when I said, "Listen, I don't agree with Black Lives Matter, but here's how they feel."

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: What's interesting is, by saying that, the Washington Post has asked for an op-ed piece. The New York Times has asked for an op-ed piece. That's never happened before.

Now, as I said to my wife, I don't necessarily take that as a badge of honor. That makes me question absolutely everything. However, it shows the other side is willing to listen for the first time and because they see that maybe somebody is listening. When we listen to each other is the only time we can -- why did we not make any progress with Barack Obama? Why did we know we would never make any progress with Barack Obama?

PAT: He didn't listen.

GLENN: He never listened to us. Not once.

PAT: No.

GLENN: And so that ratcheted things -- and I think he did it intentionally.

PAT: He didn't even pretend to.

GLENN: No. He didn't want to. He rejected -- Cindy Sheehan met with George W. Bush in the Oval Office. Barack Obama never invited the Tea Party people to go and meet with him and talk to him. Never. And if he did, because of everything that is written by the people on the left, he doesn't listen anyway. He tells you where you're wrong. But somebody who actually listens softens the blow.

I don't think the Tea Party would have been as -- as -- as active as they were if he would have said, "You know what, let me sit down and listen." And then came out with a press conference and said -- with the Tea Party people, "I just met and we disagree on a lot of things. A lot of things. But there's some things that I needed to hear." Can you imagine how that would have changed things?

PAT: Oh, it would have made a world of difference.

GLENN: So why aren't we doing that as leaders? Why aren't we doing that? The reason we're not doing that is because, A, it's just been my gut -- and I haven't had -- I mean, how many times we've walked in for the last year to work and go, "I don't know how to navigate these waters. I don't know what we're doing. I have no idea what we're doing. I don't -- this hasn't been done before. How do we navigate these waters? How do we save our voice?"

I mean, it's almost -- I wrote to somebody last night: Right now, what we're doing on this radio show is chemotherapy. We are taking the medicine that we think we have to take, which is, be more Christ-like, listen to people, try to articulate the way other -- this was before this came out, or before I read this. Try to articulate what people are saying and listen to people. And don't demonize.

Yet, we balance that with, there are things we have to speak out against, we have to take a strong stand against. And how do we do that without killing ourself?

Well, I describe this as chemotherapy. We are trying to take the medicine that we believe we have to take, and we're hoping that it kills the infection before it kills us.

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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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The Biden administration is now doing everything it can to censor what it has decided is COVID-19 "misinformation." But Glenn Beck isn't confident that the silencing of voices will stop there.

Yeonmi Park grew up in North Korea, where there is no freedom of speech, and she joined Glenn to warn that America must not let this freedom go.

"Whenever authoritarianism rises, the first thing they go after is freedom of speech," she said.

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Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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