Glenn Beck: Chavez seeks arms from Russia?

Moscow Rules

Glenn: Author of the new book Moscow Rules, Daniel Silva is with me and I've said before, there's a handful of authors out there that I think are doing what Hollywood used to do in the 1940's and that was inform through entertainment many and there are a lot of things that people, you know, you will listen to, but you'll tie them all together, but you can't get your dopey friends together, if you are spooked at all by Putin, Russia, you can read it and really enjoy it and hand it to one of your friends and say, it's not anything and when they read it they go, yeah, most of that stuff really happening right now.

So, Daniel, you and I were talking on the set a couple of days ago about what's really going on in Moscow and then I saw a story in the paper about how Moscow is now being courted by Chavez and he's begging them, please arm me for the evil America.

Silva: You know, no one likes people to say "I told you so," but two nights ago you and I had a conversation about the fact that Russia is selling arms, flogging its arms to a veritable rogue gallery of the nations around the world and what happened the next morning? We picked up the newspaper and there is Hugo the great or excuse me, is it Ugo

Glenn: Ugo.

Silva: sitting next to little Dimitri, Diminutive Dimitri as I call them and they have agreed on a package of arms worth $1 billion.

Glenn: And by the way, that billion dollars comes from Citgo gas.

Silva: Oil.

Glenn: Yep.

Silva: Yeah, this is unfortunately not the first arms package that has been negotiated between the Russians and the Venezuelans. According to my research, they have already purchased $3 billion worth of Russian weapons in the last three years. 23 military helicopters, 24 SU jets, and I believe there are some submarines that are going to be in the new package. They've been negotiating for this for a long time. So, you know, it's reverting to that old Cold War sort of behavior, where you're going out and you're finding friends among the crappiest of the leaders out there and it's all it gives the Russians another advantage. We buy very few, the world buys, I should say, very few finished products that are stamped made in Russia, other than vodka, you know, arms of one of Russia's only true ex experts other than oil and natural gas and so they need a market.

Glenn: Let me tell you something, Daniel. This morning I got up and Adam who works with me brought over some a canister of bullets because we'll go out target, you know, shooting and everything else.

Silva: Uh huh.

Glenn: And he brought out a box of bullets and sat them down and they're made in Russia and I said, What the hell are you doing with Russian bullets? And he said, Oh, you know, Russia is big into bullets and everything else and with the war going on you're buying your ammunition from Russia. I'm, like, what are you talking about?

Silva: A very interesting as speck of the deal that's on the table and that is that they want to build an AK 47 factory in Venezuela to license the production of AK's.

Glenn: That would be perfect.

Silva: Which is exactly what Latin America need, more than AK 47's flowing around so that Ugo can sell, ship off AK's to whoever he likes and they don't need to go to Moscow for them.

Glenn: There is also two other stories in the paper, while Obama was meeting with the Lebanese prime minister, at the same time Russia was arming Iran and just last week Russia tried to buy every bit of carbon fuel from Libya. That's all of their natural gas and all of their oil.

Today there's a story I don't know if you've seen this one about the Arctic. Have you seen this one?

Silva: I have not seen the Arctic story, but they lay claim to vast portions of the Arctic. I have talked about, you know, the expansionist

Glenn: Russia.

Silva: Russia and I remember a few months ago they went down and planted some kind of Russian flag on the sea floor. They believe that the Arctic or a large portion of it is theirs.

Glenn: And now we know why and I'll explain after the top of the hour, because there are vast, vast reserves of oil now. While we're playing footsy on this global warming thing, they are locking up the world's reserves. It is bad, bad news. I'll give you proof positive at the top of the hour.

Daniel Silva, author of Moscow Rules, thanks, man.

Silva: Take care.

Critical race theory: The education trap

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The fall semester isn't far away. If you aren't prepared for that, someone else is. Predatory behavior. The most important takeaway from this piece is, whatever is happening on campuses right now is what is going to play out through the rest of society in about 30 years. We're seeing it right now with Critical Race Theory.

It started on the campus. It started in the classroom. And our children are set to be the next victims in the cultural warfare for a nightmare that seems like it will never end.

Colleges are manipulating the system.

It's a little ironic that colleges are overflowing with Marxist professors who preach the Gospel of Karl Marx in their classrooms, because academia in America is the perfect example of capitalist achievement. If anything, colleges are manipulating the system in a way that should make Marxists furious. And they hurt the people that Marxism is supposed to rescue.

Colleges are an enterprise. They are Big Business. It means nothing to them to send thousands of students into debt—not if it means the campus will get a new fountain or another office for the Diversity and Inclusion department.

They'll never admit it, but a big part of their problem is that they have put so much into the myth of progress. They can't even admit that it's a myth. Because it's useful to them.

Roger Scruton once said:

Hence the invocations of "progress", of "growth", of constant "advance" towards the goal which, however, must remain always somewhere in the future.

In reality, they don't give a damn about actual progress.

That's how they have turned academia into instruments of social engineering. They use college to change society.

Their purpose is no longer educational. It's social. They're using the classrooms to cause social change.

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On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere were joined by Pat Gray to discuss "woke" Olympic athletes.

In this clip, the guys discussed how "bravely" some athletes are for threatening to protest the national anthem, for twerking on stage, and for showing off how woke they are.

Glenn reminded America of actual bravery at the Olympics when Jesse Owens won the gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. "He [Owens] was oppressed," Glenn said.

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Political commentator Bill O'Reilly joined the Glenn Beck radio program on Friday made an important prediction about President Joe Biden's chance of reelection in 2024.

O'Reilly told Glenn that former President Donald Trump was brought down because of COVID. "if COVID had not appeared, O'Reilly stated, "he [Trump] would have won reelection."

O'Reilly went on to predict that like Trump, President Joe Biden would lose reelection because of COVID. People saw a president who could not put out an intelligent fact-based message about COVID and people will remember that," he explained.

O'Reilly later added that "Trump and Biden are one-termers because of COVID."

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Critical race theory: Marxism is a religion

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Marx didn't actually tell his followers that the system needed to be destroyed. And it's not what Marx actually believed. Very few Marxists actually understand what Marx laid out.

Marxism isn't a list of demands and instructions. It's Marx's attempt to tell the future. Some of it he got right, most he got wrong. For example, he predicted the rise of automation.

Believe it or not, Marx was not an anti-capitalist. If anything, he revered it.

In a letter to Engels, he complained that too many people misunderstood his message, that his plan is to merge with capitalism. To make it new. He wanted to reify his brand of socialism, reify is a Marxist term, actually. It basically means to make an abstract idea concrete.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary. And he knew communism would never happen without the aid of capitalism.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary.

From there, he takes these ideas to some weird conclusions. Horrible conclusions. The main one being revolution.

What does the first phase of the Marxist revolution look like? How will we know if it has started? How can we tell if it's already begun? Marx's idea of the "dictatorship of the proletariat," where the working class would rise up in revolution and earn their freedom.

But what did Marx mean by freedom? Like so much of Marxism, it involves giving up your individuality, in service to the collective: "Only in community with others does each individual have the means of cultivating his gifts in all directions; only in the community, therefore, is personal freedom possible."

That's from his book The German Ideology, which he co-wrote with Friedrich Engels, the guy who paid all of his bills: "Free competition, which is based on the idea of individual freedom, simply amounts to the relation of capital to itself as another capital."

His idea here is that capital ruins any idea of freedom or individuality. And competition is what he uses as proof. In other words, Marx's definition of freedom has nothing to do with actual freedom, freedom as we know it.

He wrote, in Capital: "It is not individuals who are set free by free competition; it is, rather, capital which is set free."

He's saying that Capital manipulates our individual freedom and forces us to exploit ourselves. For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

Marxists have always argued that capitalism is a religion. That our debt to capital is no different than our debt to God. Critical Theorist Walter Benjamin wrote an entire book called Capitalism as Religion, and wrote that capitalism is "the first case of a cult that creates guilt, not atonement."

There were many strains of socialism before Marx. There were entire movements, named after socialist and anarchist philosophers. But Marx was the one who figured it out, with the help of a rotating cast of people paying for his sloth, of course.

Marx's influence on socialism was so profound that socialism was practically re-named in honor of Marx. Marx has been deified.

He created a utopian society. Very hypothetical. It requires a working class that is devoted to daily readings of The Communist Manifesto.

This assumes that people who work all day — at a real job, where they can't just sit on the couch all day as Marx did — even have the energy to read dense theory when they get home.

Marx made a religion.

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