Glenn Beck: Survivors Club


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


By Ben Sherwood

All right, let me go to Ben Sherwood. And Ben, I have to blame -- I got trashed by Geraldo Rivera this morning on television and it's because of you.

SHERWOOD: (Laughing). My apologies.

GLENN: I was doing the show. In fact, you're part of the show tonight. We're doing the TV show tonight on "Think the Unthinkable." What's the worst possible scenario. We're war gaming tonight on what America could go through in the next few years, and this idea really came from you. Geraldo Rivera said on television this morning, he said, "Oh, this is ridiculous. What good comes out of war gaming? What good comes out of looking at all of the different possibilities that could happen." You tell me, Ben. What good could come out of thinking of possibilities with some of the best and brightest minds and playing a war game?

SHERWOOD: Well, you just ask 150 people who were on an airplane that landed on the Hudson a few weeks ago. They never imagined that their plane would go down on the Hudson, and they somehow through all kinds of leadership of a few passengers, a pilot and a crew, they managed to get off that plane. That is not an easy thing because as we've discussed before, most people when they see a plane with a wing on fire, they have nothing in their memory bank. They have nothing to draw upon to know how to act in that situation, and the result is what scientists call behavioral inaction. That is, they do nothing. And so by sounding the alarms, by telling people about what could happen out there in this country, the economy, all sorts of challenges that we face and we know we face, by sounding the alarm, you are basically putting into people's minds the scenarios that when those scenarios arise, they have a fighting chance of dealing with them.

GLENN: You know, you sent me the quiz for your book. By the way, the name of the book is The Survivors Club. It's fantastic. You have to read it, especially in these times. It's just -- and by the way, congratulations on being New York Times best seller.

SHERWOOD: Well, thank you for that, Glenn.

GLENN: You sent me a poll to take. Can you tell me what it even means? I took this, I took this survey and then it tells you what kind of person you are. It said that I was a fighter. What does that mean?

SHERWOOD: So the typical person has what is called -- most people are not wired to deal with the low probability/high consequence events. That means that most of us are not wired to deal with the kinds of crises that pop up in life. And what I did when I went out and interviewed survivors around the world to try to figure out what the most effective survivors do whenever they're challenged, whether it's a medical crisis or an economic challenge, I found that they share certain common personality traits and they share an outlook and a lens, sort of a mentality for dealing with a challenge. And so what we did was we created the world's first profiler. It's a personality test that lives on the Internet and that's on your website. It takes a couple of minutes to take it and it's --

GLENN: It's on the website now? I didn't even know. It's on GlennBeck.com right now?

SHERWOOD: It's going to be on GlennBeck.com. Your producer told me as soon as we're done, he'll put it up. So you can take a quiz that will take them what their survivor type is. I'm not surprised at all, Glenn, to hear that you're a fighter. Fighters are people who, with a real sense of purpose -- and by the way, in the last segment you mentioned sort of the purpose of being here, a real sense of purpose, a real sense --

GLENN: Hang on. We're up against a break. Hang on. I want you to describe, finish the fighter thing but I want you to describe all the other levels of it as well. Hang on. Back with Ben Sherwood, author of Survivors Club. Unbelievable book. More in a second.

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GLENN: 888-727-BECK. So Ben Sherwood is really the inspiration for this show tonight bus it's a war game show. What is the unthinkable, what does this look like if it goes really, really bad on us, the economy and everything else. And Ben told me on the air, the author of Survivors Club that the people who have thought things through or thought the unthinkable were really, that was one key component in surviving. Tell me about the different kinds of survivors. You have this survivor IQ test that's up at GlennBeck.com right now where you can take it, find out what category you're in. Explain the categories and then we'll -- explain what it means. Dan is a believer. Stu is a thinker, and I'm a fighter.

SHERWOOD: So what we found is that there are five basic survivor personalities and we all fall into one of these categories and so we created the survivor profiler which asks the short quick version which is on your website, produces a very quick glimpse of your survivor personality. Readers of the book get a code to take a deeper, longer test that produces around a 10-page customized report on your specific survivor strengths and your specific survivor talents. But the types, a fighter, Glenn. A fighter is a purpose-driven, mission-driven character like Lance Armstrong, somebody who guts it out, pushes and fights their way through a particular problem.

A thinker is a person who uses intelligence, common sense, street smarts, sort of their mind to think their way and analyze their way through a problem, not the same kind of mission-driven, fighter, resilient, tenacious personality. More of a cerebral person who works their way with thoughts through a problem. That's not --

GLENN: Wait, wait. Hang on. Wouldn't it be better to be a thinker than a fighter?

SHERWOOD: Fighters -- so here's the thing. These aren't mutually exclusive because I'm about to tell you, for instance, that there's a survivor type called a believer, and I know that you're a person of faith and a believer. What we measure for in this test is what is the dominant quality that is your leading quality. It doesn't mean that you aren't a thinker.

GLENN: There were several times that I went, well -- there was one question where I thought, well, no, I would step back -- first I would say, where are the exits. And then I would look at everything and I would evaluate and then I would also pray at the same time. So is that why I was -- I was torn on which one to do and I just went with what would be the first thing I would do.

SHERWOOD: That's exactly right. See, the test and the reason why it has a very high accuracy and the longer version that comes with the book is even more accurate is that we put these questions to you that are not -- it's not an either/or because we are all lots of these different qualities together. And what we're measuring for is what is your dominant trait in a situation. What is sort of the thing you would lead with. Again it doesn't mean that you don't also rely on prayer and brains. There's also a realist survivor type. That's a person who is incredibly pragmatic and practical. And there's also a connector personality type, and the connector is someone who relies on their social network and their bonds with others and their ability in social situations, they are a people person, to get through a problem. And this has -- we tested this on the real survivors in the book, we tested this on real people in the population. The accuracy level is very high. And Geraldo's point, Geraldo giving you grief this morning for raising these questions, everybody knows that we're going to get slammed by something in life, whether it's a medical diagnosis or a pink slip. We all know that crisis is inevitable and you are only putting your head in the sand if you don't want to think about those situations. The advantage that a person needs by knowing their survivor type, the advantage that they have in watching your show this afternoon and war gaming what could happen is that you have a plan and you have framed in your mind, you've started to rewire yourself to deal with the fact that bad things happen and. That's the person in the United States who studied the way people respond and the crisis. And the problem is that we just aren't wired to deal with these. I live in California. I live on one of the most active earthquake fault lines in the world and in California they have managed to. They have to pursue it at home in the event of an earthquake. And we have a pair of tennis shoes, in our ca rs in the event of an earthquake. They have begun to rewire to live with the reality that the big one could be coming and that's why it's important to have a program like this afternoon, this evening on your show to talk about what are people going to do when these low probability, high consequence events come and it seems that these events are becoming more and more probable. They are not so low probability anymore.

GLENN: Ben, is there a better, is there one that we -- a survivor type that we should be striving for? Is there one that has a better potential of surviving? Is there --

SHERWOOD: No. No, Glenn. What I found in looking at a lot of these different crises and situations --

GLENN: Explain for people who don't know what The Survivors Club is, the book that you did, explain real quick what you did.

SHERWOOD: The Survivors Club is a book. The thesis is that we're all members of this invisible fellowship and that we're all dealing with problems in our families and problems in our cities and we're all suffering from cancer or from illness or from economic distress or we're all car crashes, and I went out and interviewed survivors and experts to analyze what are the things that the most effective survivors know and how can we, the rest of us, get some of those things in advance of whatever we're going to face. And that's what I went out to do with The Survivors Club. And what I think we found out is that there's this mentality, there's this outlook, and all of us can prepare ourselves. I'm not advocating stockpiling canned goods.

GLENN: Sure, not living in, you know, digging a hole in the backyard and burying yourself.

SHERWOOD: No, not at all. That's not at all what this is about. This is just about some basic knowledge and sort of a basic orientation which is -- and you've talked about this. There are things that are happening all around us that if you ignore them, you are putting yourself and your family and the people you love in greater jeopardy because unless you have a plan and a Plan B, unless you're facing reality -- it's called situational awareness in the military -- unless you are aware of the threats in daily life and unless you prepare for them and have a plan of action, you are basically, when that stuff happens, if the last few months the unthinkable has happened. Banks have collapsed, some of the pillars of the American economy have melted down. The unthinkable has happened, but there are still people out there who aren't facing those facts.

GLENN: That's amazing to me. It's amazing to me.

Stu said to me this morning, we were talking about it and I said, what, almost two years ago -- was it a year ago or two years ago? When we were at 14,000 in the Dow I said on the day we hit 14,000, I said, do not buy. Get out. Because the Dow will hit 7500. It is going to 7500. And everybody laughed and, you know, I was way out on a limb. And Stu said to me today when I pointed out, I said, "It's at 7300 today. I can't believe that." He said, you know, part of it with me is I'm not as freaked out I think as I would have been. Even though I made fun of it at the time, it was in my head and I had at least, you know, thought about it, dismissed it but thought about it. And so now that it's here, it's not as freaky as it may be for other people.

SHERWOOD: So when I went to the Air Force survival school in Spokane, Washington to learn the secrets that the military teaches its men and women on how to survive in hostile environments, I went up there to run around in the forests and find out what some of their special sauce is that I could put in the book so that regular people could use some of those secrets in daily life.

GLENN: 20 seconds.

SHERWOOD: They teach you to hug the monster, that is embrace your fears. Grab a hold of them. Wrestle. And as Stu says, if you imagine the Dow down at 7300, when it happens, it's not so terrifying.

GLENN: Good. Now imagine it at 3,000. Okay, we'll see you tonight, Ben. Special tonight, 5:00, Fox News Channel. Think the unthinkable.

Many members of the far-left already are calling for a ‘Night of Rage’ after the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and the White House has been discussing plans to defy the ruling too. In fact, one idea floated by Biden Administration officials, according to the New York Times, includes providing abortions on military bases. So, will America experience another summer of riots? Are YOUR taxpayer dollars at risk? And what does this mean for deep-blue states? Josh Hammer, legal expert and opinion editor for Newsweek, joins Glenn to discuss what may come next...

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GLENN: Josh Hammer, he's the opinion editor of Newsweek. He's the host of the Josh Hammer show. He is really quite brilliant. One of the leading minds in the conservative movement, I think. Josh Hammer joins us now.

To tell us, what did you find in this decision?

JOSH: Glenn, great to be back with you, on such a momentous, and really such an emotional day, honestly. So, you know, look, as you said, this dropped recently. Funny enough, I was in the middle of getting a guest lecture from an organization on the advisory board as to when it drops. So I barely had any time to kind of skim through, let alone guess the concerning dissenting opinions. But it looks like this looks very similar, to the draft opinion that was leaked, by the Politico story, a month and a half ago, in early May. And I think those of us who were praying that the five justices from this leaked draft opinion, would have the fortitude to stiffen their spines against this unprecedented assault. Now knows that our prayers were answered, Glenn. That's really my takeaway right now.

This looks a lot like the leaked opinion. Justice Thomas and Justice Kavanaugh have some reconcurring opinions.

But unbelievable. And really just holding aside the constitutional law stuff for a second hear. Just speaking as pro-lifers, on a day like today, I think we really just need to pause. And I tweeted this out earlier. We need to just be grateful for our half century of pro-life activist forbearers. You know, this -- Glenn, this issue could have gone away after 1973. That was a long time ago. 1973. I mean, this issue could have just gone away. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the pro-life moral activist. Political activist. And, of course, yes. Legal activist. Who fought day in and day out, that makes sure this great injustice stayed front and center of our national, political conscience. And in many days, the culmination of a half century of fighting for truth and justice. But in many ways, it's also a new beginning for the pro-life fight as well, interestingly.

STU: How do you mean a new beginning for the fight? I just it's going to turn, I think we're going to see abortion turn even darker in those states that allow it. Is that -- is that what you're meaning by this?

JOSH: Well, look, for a half century now, Roe vs. Wade, and its project any, specifically, the Planned Parenthood versus Casey case of 1992.

They took away from the states obviously. They arrogated authority away from the states, the ability to attempt to nationally codify one view of the morality of abortion.

It happened to be a profoundly immoral view. So these -- the fight now shifts to the states. And the pro-life activists. And all the 50 states. Especially, obviously in red states. Purple states. I mean, admittedly some blue states like New York and California, probably won't be able to touch them there.

But we have to make sure that our side is well positioned in the state Capitols for every red, purplish, probably even light blue state, to make sure we fight for successful, cogent, and morally consistent pro-life legislation. The state of Oklahoma, actually, just north of Texas. Right where you are now, Glenn. They have been leading on this actually. Governor Kevin Stitt signed into law, a fantastic pro-life bill there in Oklahoma. A few weeks ago. Maybe a month ago or so at this point, that basically just bans abortion straightforward from conception. And there are some -- you know, obviously, likable the mother. So forth. But we really need to start thinking about trying to craft legislation now, at the state level. But to your point, I do fear that the blue states will only double down in their radicalism. Unfortunately within that will only lead to an ever greater divide, in our country, that we have today. But obviously, at the end of the day. We're going to save at the end of the day, millions and millions of unborn children. We are going to save human beings who can grow up to cure cancer, who can win Nobel prices.

I mean, this is just a tremendous win for the human species. I don't know how to say it other than that.

GLENN: I will tell you, I saw the stat, that I think it was last year or the year before. 20 percent of all pregnancies ended in abortion. 20 percent.

JOSH: Wow.

GLENN: That is -- that is a shocking number. And we do have our -- our work cut out for us. Because I -- I think that these states are going to double down. But I think, you know -- God doesn't waste anything. You know, there is no waste with God. Even the -- even the worst things that could possibly happen, turn out to be something good. You know what I mean? You're like, holy cow, how did that just happen.

And I think that evil is going to fully come unmasked. I'm telling you, Josh. I don't know how you feel about this. I think this could be the day of America's Kristallnacht. I can see these pro-life centers being burned to the ground today. They're calling for a night of rage around the country. I think evil is going to show itself. And that will scare the American people, hopefully.

JOSH: You know, I've been thinking about this a lot this week, actually. Because I've been bracing for a new kind of George Floyd summer of love, happening this summer. Coming to a city or suburb near you. Unfortunately, myself. Look, I live in Florida. I know, Glenn, you live in Texas. It is in moments like this, where I do think that where you live matters. And who your mayor is. Who your governor is, matters.

Because law and order and rioting and anarchy is not really a federal issue. It is to a limited extent. June 2020, Tom Cotton wrote this op-ed that was pretty controversial at the time.

I happen to agree with it. Where he said, quote, unquote, send in the troops. And there is some federal legislation from the reconstruction era that would justify that.

But most kind of quelling and quashing of anarchy does happen. Constitutionally speaking, at the state and local level. So at a moment like this, where I fear that you're probably not wrong. I take some solace. That Governor DeSantis is my governor. I think Texans should take some solace, that they are represented by -- by a Republican governor. The legislature there as well. So I -- I fear that you are right. I pray obviously, that no one -- it's hard.

I fear that it's something -- that something bad is happening. At the end of the day, of course. It does not mean that justices cannot do what they are supposed to do. So thank God they did that.

GLENN: So, Josh, have you looked into what the White House has been saying? The White House yesterday. In fact, do we have a clip of -- of this?

What the White House said yesterday, about the guns. And then they were turned to the -- the Scott us ruling, for Roe vs. Wade. Do we have that, please?

JOSH: Will the president accept this decision, even if he disagrees with it?

VOICE: I think it's going to come from the Supreme Court. So it's a decision we certainly are going to respond to. I'll leave it at that. Just like any other Supreme Court decision. Just like the one they did today on guns.

GLENN: So the White House won't say that they're going to accept it.

Which I don't think they will. They're talking now about taking doctors and moving them into places like Oklahoma or Texas, where abortions will be outlawed. And putting doctors on our military bases to perform abortions.

I mean, where does this go, when you have a government, that is in defiance of -- of one branch of the government?

JOSH: So there's a lot to unpack here. So we should start from first principles. The idea of judicial supremacy, and this is a peculiar thing, to say on a day like today, where such a pro-life victory has happened in Italy. But if we're going to be consistent here, the idea of judicial supremacy. The idea that the justices, have the sole and exclusive ability to interpret the Constitution for themselves. And no other Constitutional actor, in article one or article two, let alone the state. Has the ability to tentatively interpret it. That is erroneous. In fact, actually it was really Abraham Lincoln actually, who in the Dred Scott case, famously opposed judicial supremacy and flouted the Dred Scott ruling, at least as it pertains to everybody other than Dred Scott himself. I have actually argued, a former legal scholarship, in a law review article actually, that the Laconian view of how each branch of government should interpret the Constitution for itself, is correct.

Having said that. Having said that, there is a thing called prudence. And there is a thing called comedy. And in a moment like today, when it really does look like -- and I agree with you, that we are now bracing for riots through the streets. When the political rhetoric is at DEFCON one. When people are trying to assassinate Supreme Court justices. I think it would be -- at its bare minimum, a profoundly imprudent act. For the Biden administration, to try to undermine this ruling.

Now, what they might do, is they might try to kind of issue some kind of executive orders, or issue some regulations, that might try to kind of undermine it, at the edges here. But at the end of the day, the idea that this returns to the state. There's not really a whole lot they can do about that. Basically, at this point, throughout the country. Kentucky within West Virginia. Kansas. Whatever. If they want to go ahead and ban abortion, what can the Biden administration literally do about that? I mean, short of sending in the National Guard, to protect Planned Parenthood, if the state legislature of Kentucky goes ahead and bans it. There's not a whole lot they can do. And it's very difficult to envision a world, in which the Biden administration literally sends in troops to red states, to protect Planned Parenthood, if that state legislature goes ahead and bans it. So for practically speaking. This is a lot of tough talk and rhetoric. Obviously the campaign here in 2022. There's not really a whole lot that practically speaking, they can do to actually prevent red and purple states from enacting pro-life legislation.

GLENN: I'm glad to -- I'm glad to hear that. I know that they have been working on things. I mean, he has said, you know, there's executive orders, that I can employ. There are things that I can do. He's talked about a national public health emergency. Which I think is just -- is crazy. But I would hope, that the president would come out and say, we strongly disagree with this. And you're right. The court is not the end all. But the court did not end abortion. It just said, the people should decide. I think that's the best kind of court ruling, on any of it. The people should decide what this is. And send it back to the states. Josh, I thank you very much. Appreciate your time. Was there -- there was another ruling, that came out today. Was it important?

JOSH: Oh, no. In comparison to this. A total nothing burger. A 5-4 decision on Medicare reimbursement related. So nothing, honestly.

GLENN: Great. Thank you very much. Appreciate it, Josh. Josh Hammer, opinion editor for Newsweek. And the host of the Josh Hammer show.

GLENN: There are two things trending on twitter right now.

Number one is praise God.

Number two trend is Night of Rage.

Good verses evil.

Build up or tear down.

'Lord, we are SORRY it has taken us this long': BlazeTV hosts react to historic Roe v. Wade decision

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The Supreme Court of the United States officially overturned Roe V. Wade, and the debate over abortion rights has been given back to the states. On this historic day, BlazeTV hosts celebrate the Supreme Court's incredible decision and take a look at some of the insane reactions as the left comes completely undone.

Jason Whitlock: Today will forever stand as a pivotal moment in our nation’s history

The Supreme Court of the United States overturned Roe v. Wade. The decision and the reaction to it have already revealed a lot about our people and politics. Pro-life groups celebrate, pro-choice groups call for “a night of rage,” and Nancy Pelosi just seems completely confused by the United States Constitution.

Glenn Beck reacts LIVE to Roe v. Wade ruling: 'Lord, we are SORRY it has taken us this long'

I never thought that in my lifetime, I would see Roe v. Wade be overturned. But today, that day has come. The Supreme Court has voted 6 to 3 to return decisions about abortion to the states. But this fight isn't over. We are about to see good versus evil side by side. Many states will stand with the unborn. But others will become abortion mills. It's your turn to choose now, America!

Allie Beth Stuckey: 'Praise God, Roe v. Wade is overturned!'

I don't know about you, but I just had the most euphoric feelings. It almost seems too good to be true. I didn't think there was any way that this would actually happen, especially with all the backlash, intimidation, and violence toward the Supreme Court justices. And yet, here we are. Roe v. Wade has been overturned. This is an amazing day!

Dave Rubin: Big disagreement on what happens next now that Roe v. Wade is overturned

Dave Rubin, Libby Emmons, Jeffrey A. Tucker, and David Reaboi debate what will happen in the wake of the Supreme Court’s breaking decision on Roe v. Wade. Now that abortion rights have been pushed back to the states, will there be a summer of massive riots or not? Will the Roe v. Wade ruling make America’s political polarization significantly worse?

Stu Burguiere: Here are the reasons SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade

I never thought this would happen. I never thought I would see this day. I just never ever ever ever never ever believed that Roe v. Wade would actually be overturned. I really didn't. But let's take a look at the reasons this day has finally come ...

The Rick & Bubba Show: 'This is history! Unfortunately we're 60 million lives too late'

We were live on the air when news broke of the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned its controversial 1973 Roe v. Wadeopinion, concluding that there is no constitutional right to an abortion.

"The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives," the syllabus of the decision reads.

As expected, the leftist outrage erupted instantaneously, fueled largely by the misinformed idea that overturning Roe v. Wade means abortion will be banned nationwide. But, as stated in the above-mentioned Supreme Court syllabus, the authority has actually been returned to individual states and their duly elected lawmakers.

One such misinformed leftist, Parkland shooting survivor Cameron Kasky, was infuriated that those awful Supreme Court justices "just voted to kill women." So he took to Twitter to urge people to go to the homes of said Supreme Court justices to "let them know how you feel."

"Go to the home of every Supreme Court justice who just voted to kill women. Let them know how you feel," Kasky tweeted.

The backlash was immediate:

Kasky decided to delete his original tweet because he is apparently "sick of republicans talking to [him]." But, unfortunately for Kasky, the internet is indeed forever:

Speaking from the White House, President Joe Biden dutifully helped spread the misinformation about the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and took the opportunity to prompt voters to elect more Democrats in November so that Congress can write abortion protections into law. Did the president just let slip the real reason Congress hasn't made any effort to start writing such laws in the nearly two months since Justice Samuel Alito's draft opinion was "leaked" in early May?

Watch Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguere discuss how Biden's speech reveals that Democrats are absolutely terrified of the upcoming midterm elections. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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