Mark Steyn Interview

GLENN: A guy that I just found recently because of his book, America Alone which is, I mean, it's eye-opening. It is skin-peeling. You've got to read America Alone. When did that come out, Mark? When did you originally put that out?

STEYN: The paperback should be out, I think in a couple of months' time.

GLENN: Okay. It's fantastic stuff. But anyway, Mark Steyn is the writer. He is a columnist, a syndicated columnist in how many papers around the country I don't know. But he's very well read. Very smart. Very astute and you know what I really like, I've actually started to talk to Winston Churchill's grandson as well here recently and it's interesting to see people who come from England and their view of America because they can distill things sometimes a little faster. First of all because they see oh, my gosh, guys, wake up, you're making the mistakes we made 20 years ago.



America Alone


by Mark Steyn

Description: Provocative and often humorous book about the West’s unwillingness to confront Islamist extremists and why America could be the last country standing against this force.

Glenn's Comments: Scary stuff, right on target, fits right in with Glenn’s take on the world dynamics at this time.

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STEYN: Yeah.

GLENN: And then also because you have a different -- you just come at it differently than we do. I'd love to pick your brain here just a little bit on what you're seeing here in America, Mark, on politics.

STEYN: Well, you know, I nearly drove off the road the other day when I heard your McCain-Away hypnosis thing because, of course, that's exactly what my neighbors in New Hampshire did. You know, we're a state that we're not evangelical Christians or anything like that but we like low taxes and we believe in free speech, live free or die. So what do we do, we voted for a guy who voted for tax cuts and introduced McCain/Feingold. It seems to be that -- it's interesting, I think, what New Hampshire did because they voted for someone who has nothing going for him other than that he's totally the kind of president we would like. In other words, he's cranky, ornery, contemporary, you stick him in a plaid coat and he seems like a rather mean, bitter, twisted guy who might fit in in the Granite State. So I think it tells you something about what the Republican base would like their candidate to be totally.

GLENN: But you know what? But wait a minute. Hang on just a second. The exact opposite is true with Mike Huckabee.

STEYN: Yeah, I think that's true but I think Huckabee's thing is slightly overstated. I was amazed by the total of lack of balance in New Hampshire and in a sense he feels -- I hate to seem like I've got the political version of ADD but he seems very less thirsty to me, Mike Huckabee right now. To take another comparison, Mitt Romney, for example, his policies are much more congenial to conservatives but I just get all this mail, I'm sure you do, too, saying he's just this ridiculous plastic Ken doll and I think in part because of the comparison conservative thing of George W. Bush who's reviled as a cowboy even though he goes around saying he's looked into Vladimir Putin's soul and all the rest of it. I think a segment of the Republican base just wants someone who appears tough even if they then cave on a lot of these things.

GLENN: The plastic thing on Romney is incredible to me because I think where it comes from is he's a CEO. He is the guy, if you are running a company, he's the guy you want because you'll never tube your stock price by saying something stupid.

STEYN: No. This guy made $200 million out of caroling at the winter Olympics. That's a sport nobody likes, nobody down here likes in Canada they are crazy for it. You can have a 3,000-channel cable package down here and you can't get the caroling channel. You can get everything else. You can get the Dennis Kucinich channel, you'll get everything but you won't get the caroling channel. This guy Romney made $200 million out of caroling.

GLENN: So who do you think -- let's pit some people against each other. Let's go. Romney/Clinton, who wins?

STEYN: I think Romney's got a chance against Hillary Clinton. In a sense, you know, Hillary's thing is that she's got such high negatives that I think Romney's actually viable against someone like Hillary. So Hillary gets the nomination. There's no reason that she shouldn't. I think Romney could actually do a good job and win.

GLENN: This goes into my theory of he's everybody's number two.

STEYN: That's the problem after New Hampshire. He became a decent number 2 in Iowa. He came a decent number 2 in New Hampshire. That's beginning to look like a patent and it's easy to see him being everybody's second choice and winding up with a nomination and then being America's second choice in November.

GLENN: Right. But see, this is where I disagree. If you are up against, if you are up against Hillary Clinton who has such high negatives, there will be those people who will go, gosh you know what, I mean, he is not my favorite but I just, I don't trust her. You know what I mean? If he's everybody's number two, you can be number one. Does that make sense?

STEYN: I think that's right. In a sense he is running as the sort of, the elevator music candidate. He would be relatively easy to live with for the next four or eight years, right?

GLENN: Tell me what you think Huckabee/Obama, who wins?

STEYN: I think that's much more difficult. I think one of the interesting lessons in New Hampshire and Iowa is that in Iowa, in the caucus thing you have to vote in public and I think there clearly was some pressure to see how can you stand up and vote against the first viable African-American candidate for president. Well, in the privacy of the voting booth in New Hampshire, quite a lot of people felt differently not because they are racist but because Barack Obama, if you take away his sort of identity group exhaustism, he just talks in these kind of platitudes all the time. The hope, the change, the change you can believe in, the hope of change, the hope of a belief in change, you can believe in all this. That is actually something that is not going to go the distance. He is an exotic cipher but he is a cipher and that's where Hillary can actually open up quite devastatingly on him because if you can't define yourself, then your opponent gets to define you for you.

GLENN: I've got 20 seconds. Tell me who you think the candidates are going to be.

STEYN: I think it's always foolish to bet against the Clintons. You know, as my former senator Bob Smith said after the impeachment trial, Clintons won, he always wins, let's move on and it's easy to see that shaking out that way in November.

GLENN: 10 seconds who is going to be the Republican candidate?

STEYN: I have absolutely no idea. At this point we either need to get behind Alan Keyes or shoot ourselves.

GLENN: Mark Steyn, thank you very much. Talk to you again soon, my friend.

STEYN: Always a pleasure, Glenn.

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.

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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."

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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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