Buck Sexton Live From the Scene at the Attempted Terrorist Attack in New York

What happened?

Terror struck Manhatten again but thankfully there were only a few minor injuries and a major tragedy was averted. A man from Bangladesh strapped a pipe bomb to a suicide vest which detonated early, avoiding any type of major damage. Fortunately, the suspect wasn't a skilled bomb maker, and most the bomb's force went into the suspect himself who is now in custody.

ISIS threat...

ISIS issued a cryptic message about "Christmas in New York" using the image of Santa Clause in Times Square with dynamite.

"We meet at Christmas in New York... soon," the message stated. It was shared online and on social media by ISIS sympathizers.

On the scene...

Glenn welcomed former CIA agent and radio host Buck Sexton on radio Monday who called in live on his way to the scene.

"So when you see the meme that was sent out from ISIS with Santa in the --- in Times Square, 'We're going to visit New York soon,' is that something that you think or authorities think that we are looking for direct ISIS participation in? Or is that just to inspire people to do what this guy did?" Glenn asked.

"You know, it's tough with this one. I wrote about this on the Hill a couple of weeks ago because there was so much jihadist chatter. And there were so many different people -- so many different memes and threats out there. There have been -- in true ISIS chat forums, there have been threats against the Vatican, the British royal family. Times Square. There's a whole bunch of them that have come out in the last month or so. Which is not unusual," Buck answered.

"But the problem with Islamic State threats, especially when they make it into certain channels, is they tend to make good on them. It might take them a year. It might take them two."

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GLENN: So early this morning, there was a terrorist strike in Manhattan. For those who watch ISIS, this was not a surprise. They, a couple of weeks ago, put out a meme that had Santa standing next to a box of dynamite in Times Square. And it says, we'll be visiting New York very soon.

And so today, there was a failed attempt, thank God, because it could have been very bad, right on 42nd and eighth, which is the Port Authority bus station and the subway terminal that kind of brings you right into Times Square.

Buck Sexton is in New York. He does his own national radio program. It can be heard here on TheBlaze Radio Network. Welcome, Buck. How are you?

BUCK: I'm good, Glenn. It's great to talk to you.

GLENN: So tell me what's happening in New York.

BUCK: I just have to tell everybody, if you do hear sirens in the background, those I believe are actually likely on the way because I'm on the way to the site, still. I'm right nearby. So there is still a lot of activity, a lot of police activity. I'm only a few blocks away from where this happened this morning. I think this is one of those weird instances, Glenn, where we have to say, wow, we got lucky. You have someone here who most likely -- I mean, I would -- I would bet money, although we don't know quite yet that he has ISIS paraphernalia at home, that he probably was spending time on various jihadist chat forums. And he might have even either said he did this for the Islamic State or left a note, which are things now that ISIS-inspired individuals do.

But he built a pipe bomb and tried to use it as -- he tried to take that IED and turn it into an S vest or a suicide vest. And fortunately, he wasn't a skilled bomb maker, and most of the blast, it seems -- there's a video that people can watch on the -- I know it's on NewYorkPost.com now. It's probably up on TheBlaze too. There's a video you can see of the actual incident.

And I think a lot of the bomb's force went into this guy, went into the suspect now, who is in custody. And we're just really lucky that -- Glenn, I don't know how he's thinking he's going to fight for the Islamic State and chooses to make a bomb, instead of go with a vehicle attack. A vehicle attack is so much more likely to kill people. So the terrorist incompetence in this case was our greatest ally.

GLENN: So I can't imagine how the force of the blast went into him and it was still alive.

BUCK: I think it was probably a partial detonation.

It reminds me very much of what happened with the underwear bomber. If you recall, Farouk Abdulmutallab. And he really burned himself. He didn't -- there was no real detonation of that explosion.

Because, yeah, Glenn, absolutely. I mean, a pipe bomb, the shrapnel from that, even with a kind of low-order detonation would tear him up. And he would be dead very quickly, you would assume. But it might have been more of a burn than a bomb, if you know what I mean.

GLENN: Yeah. Yeah.

BUCK: It might have ignited, but not actually exploded. And the other injuries are minimal, as has been reported -- which I don't know if they are from people -- look, it could be from people running for their lives, and somebody gets pushed down in the -- you know, they were down in the tunnel and hits their head.

But that's, I think, just more evidence of the bomb being a crude device. And that this individual was fortunately not skilled and did not plan this out well, and that's why we're not counting any bodies this morning.

GLENN: So when you see the meme that was sent out from ISIS with Santa in the -- in Times Square, "We're going to visit New York soon," is that something that you think or authorities think that we are looking for direct ISIS participation in? Or is that just to inspire people to do what this guy did?

BUCK: You know, I -- it's tough with this one. I wrote about this on the Hill a couple of weeks ago because there was so much jihadist chatter. And there were so many different people -- so many different memes and threats out there. There have been -- in true ISIS chat forums, there have been threats against the Vatican, the British royal family. Times Square. There's a whole bunch of them that have come out in the last month or so. Which is not unusual.

But the problem with Islamic State threats, especially when they make it into certain channels, is they tend to make good on them. It might take them a year. It might take them two.

But eventually, one of their adherents, or one of their trained fighters, depending on what kind of attack we're talking about, does attempt to -- does attempt to make good on the threat.

I also feel a little conflicted about it though, Glenn. Because we don't want to allow the terrorist to keep us in a state of perpetual fear over the holidays. And I know that that's part of it. Right?

That's part of the cyber jihad game. They post all this stuff so that every person who goes to Rockefeller Center here in New York to see the tree, gets a little bit nervous in the crowd. Every person who walks around in Times Square with their family has to think, you know, was there a commotion over there? What's going on?

Unfortunately, that's part of this long-term psychological warfare they're waging against us. So we have to create this balance between vigilance and anxiety. And they're playing games with that too. The terrorists are playing games with that all the time.

STU: Buck, we're obviously happy that this turned out the way it did and there wasn't a real tragic loss of life.

But it does pop to, I think the top of the mind, other important questions. Like, is there something we can do to secure Santa Claus, or is the remote location of the North Pole enough to keep him away from ISIS?

BUCK: You know, fortunately, Santa is like the original off-the-grid guy. So we don't to have worry much.

GLENN: You're saying Santa is the original prepper? Huh.

BUCK: His digital foot precipitate -- I mean, first of all, I don't even think he's leaving prints of any kind. Right? He's a slick individual.

GLENN: Right. Yeah, yeah.

BUCK: But, yeah, you're not going to get much off of Santa's social media. So the ways that they would usually try to track him down, I'm not too worried about him. Plus, reindeer, I don't know if, you know, if you get them annoyed, it depends on the time of the year, but they can be a handful.

GLENN: Yeah. Okay. Buck Sexton, thanks.

BUCK: Thanks so much, guys.

GLENN: You bet.

STU: You can catch Buck on his national radio show. He's on TV all the time. Buck Sexton is the place to find him.

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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The corporate media is doing everything it can to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) roasted him for allegedly lying to Congress about funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China.

During an extremely heated exchange at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Paul challenged Dr. Fauci — who, as the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, oversees research programs at the National Institute of Health — on whether the NIH funded dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Dr. Fauci denied the claims, but as Sen. Paul knows, there are documents that prove Dr. Fauci's NIH was funding gain-of-function research in the Wuhan biolab before COVID-19 broke out in China.

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn and Producer Stu Burguiere presented the proof, because Dr. Fauci's shifting defenses don't change the truth.

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Critical race theory: A special brand of evil

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Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

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