Glenn Beck & Ben Stein


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LENN: I don't think we need -- let's just move past it.

STU: I think we need to get the truth out.

GLENN: I think we all know the truth and I think we can move past it. This is not making my own life any better. Ben?

STEIN: Well, I feel wound to say that it was my idea to eat the cheeseburgers but I don't think it was my idea for you to smoke.

GLENN: I believe it was.

STEIN: I don't think it was, with all due respect.

GLENN: With all due respect, how old are you?

STEIN: 63. Well, wait a minute. What possible relevance does that have to --

GLENN: I'm not saying -- look, I'm not saying that you are starting to slip a little but I'm not not saying it, either.

STEIN: So you think maybe I suggested it to you, then I forgot.

GLENN: I think you said to me, Glenn, it would be funny to smoke. And I said, Ben, but I don't smoke. Better yet, we don't smoke, as my wife pointed out. And you said, Glenn, do it or I walk.

STEIN: I don't think that was exactly how it went, Glenn. I don't think that was exactly how it went.

GLENN: I'm worried about your health.

STEIN: No, I don't think that was exactly how it went at all, but I admire your -- you should be running for office. I admire your imagination very, very much. Now, that was not my idea at all. Sorry.

GLENN: That's what I heard.

STEIN: Well, that's scary if that's what you heard because I shudder to think what else you heard.

GLENN: Let me ask you, what kind of profits are you making now, Mr. Stein, on the -- all of the ventures that you're involved in? I'm just using the politician thing.

STEIN: Well, I mean, I make a living. It's a very small living compared to yours. It's tiny compared to yours. I barely am able to get by, but I get by a little bit.

GLENN: You barely get by?

STEIN: Yes, really.

GLENN: With your like 1400 houses? Every time I talk to you, you're like in a different city. You're like, yeah --

STEIN: That's because I'm traveling around giving speeches trying to earn my living. I don't have a giant, enormous super radio show like some people do.

GLENN: I have to go around and give speeches, too.

STEIN: No, you don't. You do it so you can get money for your cigarettes. You do it so you can get money to buy the world's most exotic cigarettes, some special brand you have made only for you in North Carolina.

GLENN: Called Marlboro.

STEIN: Well, that's the label you have put on them but they're specially made for you with the highest quality vintage tobacco.

GLENN: You know, Ben, you had you were on. We were talking a little bit about oil at the beginning of the TV program. Did you actually go back and watch the testimony? Did you see it?

STEIN: I saw a little tiny bit of it. You know, I have a simple theory about it. People hate those upon whom they are dependent. They hate -- teenagers hate their parents, students hate their teachers, patients hate their doctors. People hate those upon whom they are dependent.

GLENN: Well, then why don't we hate the people in the Middle East?

STEIN: Well, because we're scared of them and they are not close to us. We hate those upon whom we're dependent and we are also close to. We're also terrified, certain parts of the political spectrum are terrified of the terrorists and don't dare challenge anybody in the Middle East except Israel, of course, and they are ready to kick around anytime.

GLENN: Stu just said what do you mean we don't hate the people in the Middle East? When it comes to people in congress, everybody just wants to get in bed with Saudi Arabia.

STEIN: Yeah, that's true.

GLENN: It's crazy.

STEIN: Saudi Arabia, that's one thing. Everyone wants to get in bed with Syria and they're dangerous, dangerous, dangerous, dangerous people. Dangerous people, really, really scary, really, really scary. Very terrifying people. And I just see in today's news that they are now getting new nuclear facilities.

GLENN: Yeah, isn't that great?

STEIN: Yeah, that's great. They are really great.

GLENN: So Ben, you are an optimist.

STEIN: Well, I'm sort of an -- I'm an optimist in America, yeah.

GLENN: Yeah. Well, what else is there? Really?

STEIN: Well, there's Israel and there's Canada.

GLENN: Okay, all right. I'm an optimist on Israel and Canada.

STEIN: Good, good, good. God bless you. God bless you.

GLENN: So here's the question. How do you see us getting out of -- I mean, did you see that oil was up at, like, $135 today?

STEIN: It was up and then it pulled back. Maybe it's just barely $133. It's got to be abominable. I want to tell you something. I was at dinner last night with a group of energy traders in Houston.

GLENN: Hmmm. You mean like Enron people?

STEIN: Well, there are several of them, not all of them, were ex-Enron guys and they were very smart, sharp guys and they denied they were purposely driving the price up for speculative profits which is like I say a waterfall denying that it flows down. But it's very clear to me that this is, in fact, a speculative bubble. They said to me, "Well, look," they said. We're doing this based -- the price is going up based on the new idea that nobody's ever had before that we're running out of oil. I said, we've been saying we're running out of oil for at least 40 years, maybe 100 years. So that's not a new idea. Maybe it's truer now or closer to true. No, what's new now is a wild speculative mania by the speculators. You're right: In the long run we're going to be in a terrible crisis.

GLENN: So how do we -- when does that bubble burst?

STEIN: Well, I don't know. You never know when bubbles burst. But the Internet bubble lasted about four years and everybody said it's a bubble, it's a bubble, it's a bubble. Then when people said, well, maybe it's not a bubble, that was when it burst. It's got to be a bubble. Nothing has happened to move it. It has moved 25% in 30 days. That's unheard of except for a bubble.

GLENN: Wouldn't the fastest way to burst a bubble to get serious on getting our own oil? Wouldn't the -- they say -- Schumer said yesterday --

STEIN: No.

GLENN: What?

STEIN: It wouldn't be the fastest way. It would be a sure way but it wouldn't be the fastest way.

GLENN: What's the fast way?

STEIN: There is no fast way. It can't be done. It just can't be done.

GLENN: Maybe my way would be the fastest way.

STEIN: No. I'm just saying I don't know of any fast way. I don't --

GLENN: You are saying you don't know -- do you know a faster way than my way?

STEIN: Yeah. A faster way than your way would be for the energy information agency to come out and say, with all due respect, we don't think we're at peak oil. If some responsible agency of the government, which may be a conflict in terms. If some responsible agency of the government came out and said we are absolutely unequivocally not peak oil, that would probably do it.

GLENN: You are right. You know, a faster way than that is when space aliens come out of the sky and say, here, WD-40, we've made it into a miracle energy drink.

STEIN: I know, but it is quite possible. Look, let me back up. Today there was a UN-based energy organization that came out with a very scary forecast about oil supplies.

GLENN: Right.

STEIN: I think if it's a UN agency, in all likelihood somebody's bribing them to say it. If it's a French-based UN agency, I would guess -- this is just a guess -- that some energy trader is bribing some economist or statistician there to come out with that report. If somebody at the energy information agency is in the United States said we totally don't believe that; we think that we are not even close to peak oil, that would have a huge impact on the price.

GLENN: Let me just ask you total non sequitur here. Your dad is a guy who came down with, was it trickle down economics?

STEIN: No, he's no longer living. But his phrase was supply side economics. The trickle down has been around forever. His idea was supply side, that mainly if you lower taxes, you will increase supplies and that will effect inflation because at that time the big crisis was inflation and the supply siders were saying that by cutting taxes, we would lower inflation, which was a totally new idea and turned out not to work. But it was a totally new idea.

GLENN: All right. Thank you so much, Ben.

STEIN: God bless you. And next time corned beef and pan Russian dressing.

GLENN: And I will not listen to you about smoking or putting poison --

STEIN: No, inhale a cigar.

GLENN: See, that's exactly what he did to me yesterday. That same kind of voodoo that he does.

Faced with an oppressive government that literally burned people at the stake for printing Bibles, America's original freedom fighters risked it all for the same rights our government is starting to trample now. That's not the Pilgrim story our woke schools and corporate media will tell you. It's the truth, and it sounds a lot more like today's heroes in Afghanistan than the 1619 Project's twisted portrait of America.

This Thanksgiving season, Glenn Beck and WallBuilders president Tim Barton tell the full story of who the Pilgrims really were and what we must learn from them, complete with a sneak peek at the largest privately owned collection of Pilgrim artifacts.

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Saule Omarova, President Joe Biden's nominee for comptroller of the currency, admitted she wants to fight climate change by bankrupting coal, oil, and gas companies. Alarmingly, Biden's U.S. special climate envoy, John Kerry, seemed to agree with Omarova when he said "by 2030 in the United States, we won't have coal" at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, Scotland, earlier this month. But that could end in massive electrical blackouts and brownouts across the nation, BlazeTV host Glenn Beck warned.

Carol Roth, author of "The War On Small Business," joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to explain what experts say you can do now to prepare your family for potential coming power outages.

"It's interesting. Usually when I go out and talk to experts in areas that are not 100% core to my area of expertise and I say, 'I would like to give you credit.' Usually I get, 'OK, here's how you credit me.' But everyone is like, 'No, no. Let me tell you what happened, just don't use my name.' And this is across the country," Roth said. "This isn't just a California issue, which obviously [California] is leading the nation. But even experts out of Texas, people who are monitoring the electric grid are incredibly concerned about brownouts or blackouts now, already. So forget about 2030."

"You want to have a backup source of power," she continued. "Either a propane, diesel, or combo generator is something that you're going to want to have. Because in a state, for example like Texas, I'm told that once the state loses power, it will take a minimum of two weeks to restore plants back to operations and customers able to use grid power again. So, this isn't something that we've got nine years or whatever to be thinking about. We should be planning and preparing now."

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This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Pilgrims and their Wampanoag allies in 1621. Tragically, nearly half of the Pilgrims had died by famine and disease during their first year. However, they had been met by native Americans such as Samoset and Squanto who miraculously spoke English and taught the Pilgrims how to survive in the New World. That fall the Pilgrims, despite all the hardships, found much to praise God for and they were joined by Chief Massasoit and his ninety braves came who feasted and celebrated for three days with the fifty or so surviving Pilgrims.

It is often forgotten, however, that after the first Thanksgiving everything was not smooth sailing for the Pilgrims. Indeed, shortly thereafter they endured a time of crop failure and extreme difficulties including starvation and general lack. But why did this happen? Well, at that time the Pilgrims operated under what is called the "common storehouse" system. In its essence it was basically socialism. People were assigned jobs and the fruits of their labor would be redistributed throughout the people not based on how much work you did but how much you supposedly needed.

The problem with this mode of economics is that it only fails every time. Even the Pilgrims, who were a small group with relatively homogeneous beliefs were unable to successfully operate under a socialistic system without starvation and death being only moments away. Governor William Bradford explained that under the common storehouse the people began to "allege weakness and inability" because no matter how much or how little work someone did they still were given the same amount of food. Unsurprisingly this, "was found to breed much confusion and discontent."[1]

The Pilgrims, however, were not the type of people to keep doing what does not work. And so, "they began to think how they might raise as much corn as they could, and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery."[2] And, "after much debate of things" the Pilgrims under the direction of William Bradford, decided that each family ought to "trust to themselves" and keep what they produced instead of putting it into a common storehouse.[3] In essence, the Pilgrims decided to abandon the socialism which had led them to starvation and instead adopt the tenants of the free market.

And what was the result of this change? Well, according to Bradford, this change of course, "had very good success; for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been."[4] Eventually, the Pilgrims became a fiscally successful colony, paid off their enormous debt, and founded some of the earliest trading posts with the surrounding Indian tribes including the Aptucxet, Metteneque, and Cushnoc locations. In short, it represented one of the most significant economic revolutions which determined the early characteristics of the American nation.

The Pilgrims, of course, did not simply invent these ideas out of thin air but they instead grew out of the intimate familiarity the Pilgrims had with the Bible. The Scriptures provide clear principles for establishing a successful economic system which the Pilgrims looked to. For example, Proverbs 12:11 says, "He that tills his land shall be satisfied with bread." So the Pilgrims purchased land from the Indians and designated lots for every family to individually grow food for themselves. After all, 1 Timothy 5:8 declares, "If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."

We often think that the battle against Socialism is a new fight sprouting out of the writings of Karl Marx which are so blindly and foolishly followed today by those deceived by leftist irrationality. However, America's fight against the evil of socialism goes back even to our very founding during the colonial period. Thankfully, our forefathers decided to reject the tenants of socialism and instead build their new colony upon the ideology of freedom, liberty, hard work, and individual responsibility.

So, this Thanksgiving, let's thank the Pilgrims for defeating socialism and let us look to their example today in our ongoing struggle for freedom.

[1] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

[2] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[3] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 134.

[4] William Bradford, History of Plymouth Plantation (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1856), 135.

Like most people, biologist and science journalist Matt Ridley just wants the truth. When it comes to the origin of COVID-19, that is a tall order. Was it human-made? Did it leak from a laboratory? What is the role of gain-of-function research? Why China, why now?

Ridley's latest book, "Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19," is a scientific quest to answer these questions and more. A year ago, you would have been kicked off Facebook for suggesting COVID originated in a lab. For most of the pandemic, the left practically worshipped Dr. Anthony Fauci. But lately, people have been poking around. And one of the names that appears again and again is Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance and a longtime collaborator and funder of the virus-hunting work at Wuhan Institute of Virology.

If you watched Glenn Beck's special last week, "Crimes or Cover-Up? Exposing the World's Most Dangerous Lie," you learned some very disturbing things about what our government officials — like Dr. Fauci — were doing around the beginning of the pandemic. On the latest "Glenn Beck Podcast," Glenn sat down with Ridley to review what he and "Viral" co-author Alina Chan found while researching — including a "fascinating little wrinkle" from the Wuhan Institute of Virology called "7896."

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