March to Socialism - socialist bikes

VOICE: The Glenn Beck program presents more truth behind America's march to socialism.

GLENN: Oh, socialism -- I learned this from kids -- socialism is great. What's wrong with socialism? It's fantastic. It will work. You're right. I mean, France is socialist. Well, today's march to socialism is a preview of the things to come. About a year and a half ago when Paris embarked on a mission to make the city more green. Wow, just like Obama's doing today. Well, they deployed a massive fleet of bikes for everybody to ride. Remember they got bikes, put them all over the city. It was going to be the same thing that most green initiatives claim, they would save the taxpayers millions of dollars and everything is going to be sugar fairies and lollipops and there will be big butterflies in the sky. Well, you're going to find this hard to believe, but that green program is now actually costing the taxpayers more money and the company that Paris is using, you know, to provide the bikes, they need a bailout now because they can't afford the expenses associated with the program. What expenses? They bought the bikes. They put them there for free. People just used them and they just returned them and it's great. Nobody has to use a car. There's no expenses there. Well, the popular bicycle rental scheme in Paris that has transformed travel in the city has run into problems -- this according to the newspaper -- run into problems just 18 months after its successful launch. Successful launch, they might want to look that up. I don't know exactly how you would call a year and a half before a collapse as successful, but let's go with it.

Remi Pheulpin, the bike's company's director general, says that the current contract is just unsustainable. It's simple: All the receipts go to the city and all of the expenses are ours. What are the expenses, you might ask? Well, the quote more than anticipated vandalism and theft. What do you think "More than anticipated" would be? I mean, 10% as opposed to 5%? 20% of the bikes instead of 10%? No, uh-uh, no. Actually they've had to replace nearly all of the original fleet. There were 20,000 bicycles at the beginning that cost 400 Euros to replace. That's $515. 7800 of the bikes have been stolen. They just vanished. 11,600 of the bikes have been vandalized. They have been hung from lamp posts, dumped in the river, torched, broken into pieces. Some have turned up in Eastern Europe and Africa. The new phrase in renting and using the Velib program -- I guess that translates to bicycle freedom, or free bicycle -- apparently most users use the latter of the two translations, they are using them now to make YouTube videos. They popped up all over showing people riding them in the subway system, on BMX courses, down large flights of steps in the city. Since the scheme's launch, nearly all of the bicycles have been replaced at the cost of 400 Euros. That's 19,400 bikes needed to be replaced out of the original 20,000 bikes. It's weird, and this is what I don't understand because this is so not socialist. It's weird to think that people treat property they own differently than socialist bikes left on the street for everyone just to share. It's almost like a capitalist principle there.

Well, the capitalists are taking charge there in Paris. They have agreed to pay towards the cost of replacing the stolen or trashed bikes, but it's refusing to bail out the company. I'm trying, I'm trying to -- oh, no, no. No, no, this makes sense. I was trying to figure it out. I had to go to a capitalist example, you know. I was looking at congress. That's exactly the way capitalists now do it. They change the original agreement to give them more money, which is totally different than a bailout.

VOICE: That was even more overwhelming evidence that we are destined to be a bunch of socialist pigs very, very soon, on the Glenn Beck program.

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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