Glenn Beck: Are you a survivor?


The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life


By Ben Sherwood

GLENN: Ben Sherwood is a guy who has written a book called The Survivors Club. I haven't had a chance to read this, but everybody on my staff has read it and said my gosh, Glenn, you've got to read this book. Just what we're just talking about is really the point of the book. If you know, if you've seen it in your own head first, you'll be a member of The Survivors Club. Ben Sherwood is here. Hey, Ben, how are you?

SHERWOOD: Hey, Glenn, it's great to be here.

GLENN: Thank you very much. Where did I go wrong on this? I'm not talking about the economy but playing out in your head and thinking the unthinkable in advance as being something actually that's positive to do.

SHERWOOD: You didn't go wrong at all. The truth is when you talk to survivors around the world, and I met hundreds of them trying to find the secrets of people who can bounce back from anything, mountain lion attacks, foreclosure, disasters, earthquakes, people who are the best survivors share a kind of personality, and they're not that different from you and me. In fact, we're all kind of the same. We just don't realize we have those strengths inside us, and one of the most important things as you said is to pay attention and to have a plan and to have a Plan B, and a lot more to the survivor personality but that sort of awareness, it's called situational awareness in the military, that's a huge part of what it takes to be a survivor in tough times.

GLENN: Okay. So break it down to little things like foreclosure or losing your job. What did you learn from survivors on that?

SHERWOOD: What I learned from survivors of economic tough times is that they don't walk away from their 401(k) envelope when it arrives in the mail. One of the things that I hear a lot these days from friends and from family is they just can't bear to open up the company 401(k) form and see it keep shrinking and shrinking, so they don't. And that's sort of like sitting on an airplane and watching the wing on fire and refusing to look out the window or they will run to one of the exits. The fact is that the most effective survivors face the reality and then develop a plan and they are adaptable in the face of new situations and new challenges. And I saw this in every kind of crisis, whether it's economic, whether it's health. You name it, the survivor personality's one that sort of faces the facts and begins to deal with it.

GLENN: So help me out on this because I -- and maybe it's human nature and not necessarily arrogance, or maybe it's both. I remember on September 11th, everybody prayed, everybody went to church. I cracked my Bible. I think a lot of people did. And I read about the Tower of Babel and the thing that really stuck out to me was, "And in their arrogance they built a tower to reach the sky," and that phrase has stuck with me since September 11th, and it's the arrogance -- I have thought it's the arrogance but I'm beginning to think now it's just human nature. I thought it was the arrogance of, "We're America; nothing can happen to us; it will always be this way" that was really going to be our downfall, but actually that's human nature to not look -- I don't hear anybody saying, "Hey, you know, guys, there is a real possibility things get very, very bad for us." Everybody wants to run the other way and say, "No, it's all sunshine and lollipops; come on, everything's been fine; everything always will be fine."

SHERWOOD: There's an interesting phenomenon in any crisis and it's called the Normalcy Bias. That means that people in a fire, in a plane crash, in an economic recession, they just want normalcy to prevail and so they look at the facts around them. Even in department stores, as department stores have caught fire, people go to the cash registers and pay for their goods. That's just a human response to want things to be okay, and if you want to survive a recession or if you want to survive a health problem, you can't just sort of go to normal. You've got to go to a plan and take action.

GLENN: But the problem is that a plan doesn't even start necessarily with a plan. It starts with knowing where the exits are.

SHERWOOD: Exactly.

GLENN: So give me the example of the great white fire. Remember that fire in, where was it, Providence? It was up in Rhode Island.

SHERWOOD: The Station fire, sure.

GLENN: Yeah.

SHERWOOD: So that's a case where most of us when we go in one entrance to a sporting event or an airplane or a nightclub or a restaurant, we sort of think that's the entrance and that's the exit, but when experts looked at that Station fire in Rhode Island where a band was playing and 100 people lost their lives from the pyrotechnics display caught fire and turned in a nightclub into an inferno, turns out that 60 people could have lived if they had responded immediately to the fire and had not all headed for the entrance that they had come in. And what that means in survival terms, and it goes exactly to your point which is you've got to know the exits, you've got to have a plan, you have to think about these things ahead of time is that and people had reacted quickly and they had known there were other ways to get out of there besides the way they had come in, 60 people would have lived. And they've analyzed this very carefully and what I take away from that is that there's a survivor personality and we have all this these qualities inside of us and there's also some basic knowledge that we all need to know about getting through everyday life, whether it's basic economic planning but it's also the safest stuff like the safest seat on an airplane or the right days and the wrong days to go to a hospital. There's sort of some basic knowledge. So when you combine the personal qualities that it takes to survive, test times and to face your storm and if you combine the basic knowledge that is required to get through stuff, you can really improve your chances in just about any situation.

GLENN: Help me out on this because I have been saying to people to get out of this for the last few years, get out of debt, there's a storm coming, get out of debt, don't buy stuff that you don't need, look for the best value on things that you do want to buy or do have to buy. I've also said -- and people just make fun of me all the time, and fine with me. Get some food. Have some food. Just even as an investment, if inflation starts to go up, you are not going to lose any money on food. You're going to consume it anyway. But people will say, "Well, that's crazy, you don't need all that food." I don't understand the unwillingness to break the mold and just be -- to think the unthinkable but to prepare for the worst and expect the best.

SHERWOOD: So here's the thing that they say and the experts call that, it's sort of a high consequence, low probability event is what they say. So an earthquake or what you're describing, which is a total economic collapse or for instance Mexico failing next door, those are events that no one wants to think about and so when they've studied how we behave in the face of potential high consequence, low probability events, people don't do what they need to do. So I'm not a survivalist. I'm just a regular guy and a writer and a journalist and I don't carry around canned goods and flares in my briefcase just in the event of an emergency, but I do believe in sort of some basic planning and some preparation. And after writing this book, you know, we've got an emergency kit in the back of our car now and we've got flashlights in various places in our house and we've got, as you describe, we've stocked up on some stuff and we check the air in our tires when we go out for a drive because it turns out that these basic things that people don't do, as you've been describing and the results can be really serious.

GLENN: I swear to you, are you from New York, Ben?

SHERWOOD: I'm actually, I grew up in Los Angeles. I spent a lot of time in New York, though. I work in New York.

GLENN: I swear to you people in these cities, especially New York, which, it's an island and they don't -- they think that New Jersey is like Europe. They just, they don't even understand it. I think if there was a Katrina ever in Manhattan, there would be like 40 survivors. There would be people who just, they would be eating each other within a week because they wouldn't have any concept of how to even function. Everything happens and it's all, "Well, no, the bus is supposed to be..." you'd have people waiting for their bus or their subway that would just be doing it by roads and, "Wait a minute, I don't know what to do."

SHERWOOD: So in fairness to the people of New York, and you described September 11th earlier, that was an incredible display of a community rallying at an incredibly tough time. And I would say you're right, a lot of that survival instinct has been bred out of us because there's a grocery store down the corner and everything is sort of handed to us in an easy fashion.

GLENN: In some ways because it has to be. For it to function, it has to be. You're not -- you know, you ain't going to Central Park and, you know, planting turnips. You know what I mean?

SHERWOOD: One of the most interesting things in all of my research is this myth of panic, and you mentioned it earlier when you were talking about the nations of the world like passengers on the Titanic floating on the water and fighting and pushing each other under. One of the surprises about how people behave in disasters and in crises and how you can get into The Survivors Club, one of the surprises is that when they've looked at earthquakes and terrorism and other problems around the world, that kind of mindless unreasoning fear, that kind of panic where people literally it's mayhem and hysteria, every man or woman for themselves, that almost never happens. And in fact, in an incredible crisis people engage in what they call situational altruism. They actually sort of come together and do the right thing and in fact, on U.S. Air 1549 the other day in the Hudson, there was organized chaos on that plane but people sort of got their way out and they actually helped each other. So I do think --

GLENN: Hang on just a second. I want to take issue on this. You know, I have to take a break, but think about the answer to this. I want to take issue on this on that fire again in Rhode Island. They couldn't even pull the bodies out of the door, they were packed so tightly climbing on top of each other to get out. I mean, there is, there is that, you know, let's help each other out, et cetera, et cetera, but there also comes a point to where it does become like The Titanic where you're just, a drowning man will push another one down to save himself, not thinking. Hang on just a second. We'll get you a chance to respond to that. It's The Survivors Club by Ben Sherwood.

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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