Glenn Beck: March to Socialism - Capitalism dead?

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VOICE: The Glenn Beck Program starts more truth behind America's March to Socialism.

GLENN: That's right, we are and happy socialists, we're all socialists now, don't forget, I know it because Newsweek magazine told me so. You see, capitalism -- and I should probably define this. That funny little system that turned the world at a place where we lost our teeth at 9 years old, married at 12 and died at 22 to a place that instantly complains when we can't access a video file on a server in China in four seconds. You know, that capitalism, it's dead. I can't wait until our children can die at 22 again. Oh, sure, there was a time when someone like Ayn Rand was popular, but those days are over. Ayn Rand, by the way, she wrote books like "Atlas Shrugged" about how the individual working hard and innovating, you know, was the backbone of a civilized society and that the government is constantly standing in their way flexing its muscles and holding us all back. So antiquated now. That time is over.

In completely unrelated news, Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" sold more copies in 2008 than any other year since its release in 1957. You know what, there's been -- there could be a lot of book burnings that people are just taking it off the shelf and just burning it. Americans -- I'm quoting from the article -- Americans are flocking to buy and read "Atlas Shrugged" because there are uncanny similarities between the plot line of the book and the events of our day, says Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Center For Individual Rights. Americans are rightfully concerned about the economic crisis in government's increasing intervention and attempts to control the economy. No. Ayn Rand understood and identified the deeper causes of the crisis we're facing, and she offered in "Atlas Shrugged" the principled and practical solution consistent with American values. That's weird. Because there seems to be a lot of people mistakenly not realizing that capitalism is dead. Hello, why are you reading the book? It's over. By the way, despite the fact that sales were at an all-time high in 2008, sales of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" have almost tripled over the first seven weeks of this year compared with the sales for the same period last year, which was a record. But remember, capitalism is dead. And it's weird because, you know, the economy the way it is, I mean, who's buying books? Maybe it's just that people are so confident that things are going to turn around, you know, that it's going to turn around really, really soon that they are out just spending their money like water." Hey, this magical system of socialism, it's going to cure everything.

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.

Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 799,995 (up from 735,135 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 38,735 (up from 34,807 Yesterday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 169,995 (up from 155,950 Yesterday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Yesterday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that 11% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization
  • US has 164,359 Confirmed Cases and 3,173 Deaths, up from 142,746 cases and 2,489 deaths Yesterday
  • The United States of America now leads the world in total confirmed cases, with 63,000 more cases than Italy (although Italy leads the world in Deaths with 11,591 officially dead)
  • US has 3,173 Dead vs 5,507 Recovered and 3,512 in Critical Condition
  • The US Currently has 155,679 Active Cases of COVID-19, with less than 0.6% of the total US population tested
  • 15% of Americans who have been tested have been diagnosed with COVID-19
The Moment of Trump's Conversion: Dr Anthony Fauci Takes Full Responsibility
  • Dr Anthony Fauci, the Chief Medical Advisor to the coronavirus task force, explained on CNN that Trump listened and "got it right away" after being shown new data projecting as many as 3 Million deaths in the US if COVID-19 mitigation policies were lifted.
  • Fauci also said Trump's "first goal is to prevent suffering and death" and this was part of the reason why he knew the COVID-19 guidelines should be extended.
  • "You know, interestingly, we showed him the data, he looked at the data and he got it right away, it was a pretty clear picture," according to Fauci.
  • "Dr. Debbie Birx and I went in together and leaned over his desk and said 'Here is the data, take a look.'
  • Trump reportedly looked at them, understood the implications and he shook his head and said 'I guess we got to do it.'
  • "Medically, this is the right decision, and I stand behind it 100%," Fauci said.
  • "From a public health standpoint, we felt strongly that it would have been the wrong decision to pull back," Fauci said. "I mean, we are scientists, physicians, public health officials. We're not economists. We're sensitive to the idea that the economy could suffer, but weigh that against tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of American lives."
  • " was patently obvious looking at the data that at the end of the day if we try to push back prematurely, not only would we lose lives, but it probably would hurt the economy as well. So you would lose on double accounts. So, to us, there was no question what the right choice was."
Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland Join States Issuing House Arrest Orders
  • Maryland and Virginia became the latest states on Monday to enact "stay-at-home" mandates amid the coronavirus outbreak, except for essential travel for work.
  • Virginia's order is in effect until June 10, making it one of the longest statewide mandates implemented so far.
  • Maryland's penalties for violating its order are among some of the strictest in the country, including a $1000 fine, and up to 30 days jail time for repeat offenders.
  • In total, more than 210 Million Americans now effectively live under some form of House Arrest or Shelter In Place type orders, with another, 50 Million facing travel or shopping/eating restrictions.
  • Only 6 states have not closed schools.