Author of ‘Pendulum’: Whoever Defines the Common Good Controls the Masses

Several weeks ago, Glenn read a book which friends had urged him to pick up. Pendulum: How Past Generations Shape Our Present and Predict Our Future was a page turner that unlocked answers to cyclical behavior in humans. Friday on The Glenn Beck Program, author Roy Williams joined the program for a fascinating discussion.

"I picked your book up, and I think I finished it in three hours. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough," Glenn said while welcoming Williams. "What a tremendous, tremendous work you have done."

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Glenn asked Williams to explain the general theory of the book:

Basically, there's a window of time, and it's spoken of 27 different times in the Bible. And it says that we become an entirely different people every 40 years. And I tried to figure out why that was happening. And I realized that we're torn between two good things. Of course, all the most important decisions in life are the choice between two good things. Those are the only hard choices. You know, justice or mercy. You know, freedom or responsibility. Honesty or loyalty. These things are both good, of course, but they come into conflict.

And so what happens is, we always overvalue one. And as a society, as the body politic, as the group, we overvalue it, and we take a good thing too far. And it's very predictable how long it takes us to do this. And then we begin to realize what we've done. And it begins to feel empty. And we begin to see the dark underbelly of what we've done. And we start going back the other direction.

And when we reach the middle, halfway between the two extremes, things are usually pretty good. And then when we take the other good thing too far, we have the same problem. And so from one extreme to the other extreme is 40 years. But a complete round trip is 80 years. And you can chart this for the past 3,000 years, Glenn.

What inspired Williams on his journey to discover and understand this pattern of human behavior?

"It came on me in a weird kind of an intuition. I woke up one morning in 2003, it was about this time of year. And, you know, I think in the autumn, a lot of us get a little reflective. We start thinking about the year that we're kind of wrapping up, and did we get everything done we wanted to do? And I was in kind of that frame of mind, and it hit me. In late 2003, I said, You know, I remember this. This is 1963 all over again. I remember 1963, but we're going the opposite direction," Williams explained.

So Williams began to investigate. It took about a year to complete the research, which first developed as a presentation until people urged him to put it into book form.

The Pendulum concept is based on the premise that there are two zeniths: The "we" generation and the "me" generation. Williams delivers a stunningly accurate pattern of where we've been, which predicts where we're going.

"You make it very clear in the book, and the examples of what we're headed for are pretty frightening, if you look in the past," Glenn said.

The upside is that the pendulum swings back, making the predictable cycle over an 80-year period.

Listen to the full and fascinating conversation to learn which American presidents were part of the "we" or "me" generation, where we are now on the pendulum and what's coming next.

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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.

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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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