Glenn Beck: Crystal Palace

The Crystal Palace

GLENN: I'm in New York City. My wife just said to me the other day, she said, "Honey, someday when the kids are all gone, you can retire and we'll just get a place and you can just give tours of New York City." And I said, "When the kids... when the kids are gone? I'll be dead before the kids move out of the house, for the love of Pete." She didn't take that well. Anyway... I love this city. I love, I love this city because I love looking at the buildings because I know the history behind many of the buildings, and I know why they were built in a certain way. I know why Rockefeller Plaza looks the way it does. I know that it was in response, it was the response of an architect that said, "I want to be an American architect. We just keep stealing architecture from other -- we're not ancient Rome. We're not Greece. We're not building Notre Dame. We're America. Let's have our own architect." That, that attitude is why we have Rockefeller Plaza, the Empire State building and the Chrysler building. Because they wanted to do something purely American and different. Wow. The Chrysler building, which is this beautiful iconic, silver building came from a guy who said, "I want people to look at this and I want them to see the future, I want them to know that Chrysler is the way to the future and I want it to look like a hood ornament." That's why it looks that way. And at the same time it was a battle of egos. There was another building being built at the same time and which one's going to be higher? Which one's going to be higher? What the guy who was thinking he was going to win didn't know is that the Chrysler building had the needle on top embedded inside of the building. So when it looked like it was done, the other guy finished his building and said, "Done. Tallest building in New York." That's when Chrysler said, "Crank it up." And that giant needle came out of the top of the Chrysler building. Fantastic! Fantastic. But right down the street from me there was a building I never even heard of before . It was one of the wonders of the world, let alone definitely one of the wonders of America. It was called the Crystal Palace. It was built in the 1800s as a monument to recognize America, Americans' industrial and technological accomplishments, and it -- well, we would never build a building like this today. It would never get off the ground.

Today we don't only vilify industry and capitalism but what they gave us as well. The combustible engine, the incandescent light bulb, Google searches, all killing the planet. The New York City Crystal Palace was built for the 1853 World's Fair. America wanted a building in the World's Fair that captured the promise of America. When the building was finished even the New York Times said this is commensurate with the great importance of the object and the spirit of progress of which our country's name forms a synonym. Wow. America and progress, the same thing. The New York Times.

The building was a challenge for engineers. A lot of people said it could never, ever be done, but the building was built and the world marveled. Took 1800 tons of iron and over 15,000 individual panes of glass that enclosed four acres of open space, four acres just shrouded in iron and glass. On the top of the building was a 123-foot dome. It was the highest constructed in America. It was 100 feet across. It was meant to showcase, this glass Crystal Palace was meant to showcase the innovations and inventions of industry, and it was one place everyone could come from all around the world and see what America had created, what we were on the verge of doing. The number of daily visitors in this Crystal Palace, they built hotels specifically because the Crystal Palace was such a draw. The number of visitors to the Crystal Palace to see America's future exceeded the population of many American towns and small cities on a daily basis.

What was there? Steam-powered rotary presses, positive film cameras, sewing machines, electric lamps that were still experimental, high-powered artillery, cotton gins. There was a 12-foot section of the 2,000-mile-long telegraph cable that was being at that time prepared to be laid beneath the Atlantic ocean to connect New York and London, and people at the time said this will never be done; you can't connect them. How are you going to put a telegraph? You're going to put that all the way across the ocean? "It will never happen." Twice a day a guy stood in what was known at the time as a magic box, and this magic box was being held up by ropes and cables and this magic box would start to go down and be lowered down by the ropes and the guy who was inside the magic box, he was the creator of it, he cut the ropes and the magic box stayed up. His name was Elisha Graves Otis. What was known as the magic box was the Otis Elevator. That was in the Crystal Palace, and the world came and marveled at American ingenuity.

October 5th, 1858, what was then the icon of New York burned to the ground. The floorboards inside were wood. They caught fire. The fire was so intense that the structure melted. Wait a minute. I didn't think that was possible. No conspiracy theories here. They weren't trying to cover up any kind of Enron records. The fire was so intense that it was nothing but a heap and pile of metal, most of it melted, and the glass had melted and fused together.

That may have been the end of the Crystal Palace, but it's not the end of the American capitalist story. Everything cooled, and a woman came by and said, "So what are we going to do with all of this stuff?" Said, "I don't know, it just is just cooling now." "She said, can I have it?" "What? What are you going to do with it?" "May I have it?" She took the pieces, cut them up into small pieces and sold them as souvenirs and now maybe something that has been passed down in generations in people's homes, sitting in museums, sitting some place in the Smithsonian is a piece of the Crystal Palace that is no longer here but was built as a monument to what Americans can do. By the way, now sitting on that land, a monument out of what the entrepreneurial spirit can do, that land now sits in the shadow of the Empire State building, another monument of what the Americans can do. The Empire State building, built in less than one year. That land now sits in the shadow of the Empire State building. What a surprise. The government bought that land and the government partnered with the uber wealthy, the titans of the time, decided they were going to build a library there and an ice skating rink. The New York public library which is now under renovation still stands in that spot where the Crystal Palace was. However, they are spending an awful lot of money on something that the American entrepreneur is quickly making obsolete. Isn't it just like government to continue to live in the past.


For the first time in the history of "The Glenn Beck Program," former President Donald Trump joined Glenn to give his take on America's direction under President Joe Biden compared to his own administration. He explained why Biden's horrific Afghanistan withdrawal was "not even a little bit" like his plan, and why he thinks it was "the most embarrassing event in the history of our country."

Plus, the former president gave his opinion on China's potential takeover of Bagram Air Base, the Pakistani Prime Minister, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Glenn asked President Trump how similar the Biden administration's withdrawal from Afghanistan was to his administration's plan.

"Not even a little bit," Trump answered. "We had a great plan, but it was a very tenuous plan. It was based on many conditions. For instance, you can't kill American soldiers. ... You have to understand, I did want to get out. But I wanted to get out with dignity, and I wanted to take our equipment out. And I didn't want soldiers killed. ... What [Biden] did was just indefensible. He took the military out first and he left all the people. And then we became beggars to get the people out. I had a plan to get them out very quickly. But first, the Americans would go out."

Trump told Glenn that his plan included maintaining Bagram Air Base and explained why he would not have left "a single nail" behind in Afghanistan for the Taliban to seize.

"We were going to keep Bagram open," he explained. "We were never going to close that because, frankly, Bagram is more about China than it is about Afghanistan. It was practically on the other border of China. And now we've lost that. And you know who is taking it over? China is taking it over. We spend $10 billion to build that base. It's got the longest, most powerful runways in the world. And China has now got its representatives there and it looks like they'll take it over. Glenn, it's not believable what's happened. You know, they have Apache helicopters. These are really expensive weapons, and they have 28 of them. And they're brand-new. The latest model."

Glenn mentioned recent reports that Gen. Milley, America's top military officer, made "secret phone calls" to his counterpart in China while President Trump was in office.

"I learned early on that he was a dope," Trump said of Gen. Milley. "He made a statement to me — and I guarantee that's what happened to Biden — because I said, 'We're getting out of Afghanistan. We have to do it.' And I said, 'I want every nail. I want every screw. I want every bolt. I want every plane. I want every tank. I want it all out, down to the nails, screws, bolts ... I want every single thing. And he said, 'Sir, it's cheaper to leave it than it is to bring it.'

"The airplane might have cost $40 million, $50 million ... millions and millions of dollars. So, you think it's cheaper to leave it than to have 200 pilots fly over and fly all the equipment out? ... I said, you've got to be nuts. I mean, give me a tank of gas and a pilot and I just picked up a $40 million-dollar airplane. It was amazing. So, I learned early that this guy is a dope. But what he did, is he hurt our country ... and he shouldn't have been allowed to do it. And bad things should happen to him."

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In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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