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.

Straight from the Marxist con of critical race theory are three big lies about "systemic racism" in America that are debilitating to our nation: the lie that policing in the U.S. is thoroughly racist, the lie of voter suppression, and the lie of equity as the solution to solve "racism." Despite the evidence disproving these lies, they grow stronger, thanks to Democrats and activists with selfish interest in these narratives, who, along with their media partners, spread the sinister message that everything in America is racist by default and only massive government intervention can save us from ourselves. President Biden, Vice President Harris, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi – every Democrat on the national stage sees racism in literally everything at this point.

In this precarious time for America, Glenn Beck and North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson join together with data and the truth to fight back against the race-baiters ripping us apart.

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America has always been the land of the free. But as the line fades between the socialist, woke Left, and the Democratic Party that controls our government, are we diving headfirst into Marxism?

On his BlazeTV exclusive show, Glenn Beck spoke with Li Schoolland, who grew up under Mao's cultural revolution in China, and never did she think she would see the same warning signs in America. But now, she has a horrifying warning for us all.

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Earlier this year, Coca-Cola became the poster child for how a corporation could shove leftist ideologies onto its consumers. The company suspended advertising on Facebook in a push to censor former President Donald Trump, published a manifesto about racial equity, and demanded all legal teams working for Coke meet certain diversity quotas.

But now, after Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and many other conservative voices called for a boycott of the company's products, Coca-Cola appears to be shifting directions.

The Washington Examiner reported that the company issued a conciliatory statement after conspicuously failing to appear on a published list of hundreds of corporations and individuals that signed a statement denouncing the Georgia voting bill.

"We believe the best way to make progress now is for everyone to come together and listen respectfully, share concerns, and collaborate on a path forward. We remained open and productive conversations with advocacy groups and lawmakers who may have differing views," the company said. "It's time to find common ground. In the end, we all want the same thing – free and fair elections, the cornerstone of our democracy."

Then last week, Coca-Cola Co.'s new general counsel, Monica Howard Douglas, told members of the company's global legal team that the diversity initiative announced by her predecessor, Bradley Gayton, is "taking a pause for now." Gayton resigned unexpectedly from the position on April 21, after only eight months on the job, to serve as a strategic consultant to Chairman and CEO James Quincey.

"Why is Coca-Cola 'taking a pause' on all of these? Because you have been standing up," Glenn Beck said on the radio program Monday. "You and others have been standing up. Your voice, it's the power of one. Your voice makes a difference."

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This week on "The Glenn Beck Podcast," civil rights activist and Woodson Center founder Bob Woodson joined Glenn to call out the leftists in the "race grievance industry," like the Rev. Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter, Inc., who, he says, are "profiting off the misery of their people."

Woodson lived through the appalling segregation laws of the last century and has a much different message about what it means to be "oppressed" than the so-called "anti-racist" activists today.

Woodson said he believes the real struggle for impoverished minority communities "is not racial." He argued that leftists "at the top" derive "moral authority" by claiming to represent "so called marginalized groups," while they prosper at the expense of those "at the bottom."

"There's nothing worse than self-flagellating guilty white people and rich, angry black people who profit off the misery of their people," Woodson said.

"I call what Sharpton and some of those are doing is worse than bigotry. It's treason. It's moral treason against their own people," he added. "The only time you hear from them is when a white police officer kills a black person, which happens maybe 20 or 21 times a year, but 6,000 blacks are killed each year by other blacks. So, in other words, their message is black lives only matter when taken by someone white, which means you are betraying the black community when you turn your back on 20 children that are slaughtered and you don't march in that community and demand that those killers be turned over to the police."

'The problem is not racial," Woodson asserted. "The problem is the challenge of upward mobility. Any time you generalize about a group of people, blacks, whites, Native American, and then you try to apply remedies, it always benefits those at the top at the expense of those at the bottom. ... It's a bait and switch game where you're using the demographics of the worst of these, to get resources that helps the best of these, or those who are prospering at the top. So, if I was the president, I would say an end to the race grievance business, that America should concentrate on the moral and spiritual free fall that is consuming people at the bottom."

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