Glenn Beck: Earth Hour = Failure


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GLENN: Dude, how awesome was Earth hour this weekend? Rockin'. For almost an hour on Saturday, cities and people were encouraged to shut off their lights for an hour to raise awareness about energy conservation and the threat from climate change. Don't tell me you missed it. How could you? I mean, people were shutting off their lights... and stuff. It was probably like really dark, you know, and hard to see. Really? You missed it? It's so weird. From what I'm reading in the media, it was a huge success and Reuters said billions of people took part in the event. They also say that because of a couple of cities, you know, turned off lights for an hour that, you know, they also, they had a mandate and governments had to follow that. So still not ringing a bell, the whole Earth hour thing, huh? Of course, even though billions turn off their lights, there was still a few hiccups that the activists don't want to mention. You know, they were minor, you know. And probably good explanations for the hiccups like Times Square in New York City. Apparently it was still pretty bright with the lights off there because well, I mean, it just looks like there were a lot of lights still on. We put the pictures of what New York City looked like during Earth hour and it was well, you'll see it in the newsletter. Sign up for the free newsletter at GlennBeck.com. Maybe the city had already laid the guy off who was supposed to turn the switch off or more likely it was, you know, a nonunion person that was asked to switch the lights off and that person mysteriously disappeared minutes before Earth hour. So the lights on Times Square, they still looked like they were blazing, but that's all right because billions of other people, you know, they all participated in by the way, Las Vegas turned their lights off on the strip for an hour. Pictures at GlennBeck.com and in the newsletter. The problem as far as, you know, making the point on energy conservation and global warming, when you look at that picture, you can see an endless line of cars. I mean, the cars were still I guess they could have turned the lights off on the cars as they were still driving around but I don't know if that would have so the problem is, you know, now that the 80 bajillion lights in Las Vegas are running 24/7 again, you know, really kind of makes that whole hour that the environmentalists got kind of I mean, did they turn the slot machines off? I'd like to know that. This did he turn the bells and the lights off inside where there were people playing with the slots? And in an effort to illustrate just how much people can save by turning off their lights you know what, hang on. I've just got to turn off the lights here in the studio. Well, now I can't read any of it. Okay, I've got to turn the lights back on for just a second because I can't anyway, in an effort to illustrate just how much people can save by turning off the lights and conserving energy, the UN said that they saved $81,000 by shutting down the outside lights for an hour. When they got called out on that, the actual number came to no pun intended came to light. It was a bit smaller. It was well, it was close to $81,000. It was $102. Of course, I mean, the UN was just probably factoring in the usual added cost of corruption and bureaucracy in that $81,000, you know, an hour figure. It was probably just you know, we were funneling money over to anyway, I'm not sure exactly. But finally perhaps the final nail in the coffin that Earth day was an epic failure even though billions participated, I mean, not that it was a failure. I mean, it had a couple of hiccups. Drew Johnson, the president of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research took a little drive by Al Gore's mansion during Earth hour. You may remember Al Gore. You remember, he's the guy that started the whole global warming movement. There may have been some global warming breaking news or something, some documents that had just come through and Al Gore had to read them because Al Gore may have left a few lights on. The spotlights that usually illuminate the mansion were off. I mean, he keeps them on all the time? That's weird. Are you sure they're spotlights, not just in some sort of angelic glow? I'm not Gore had his TVs on. You could see the bluish hue and the light movements. I mean, you stalkers know exactly what I'm talking about. And, of course, even Al Gore during Earth hour can't shut off the all important flood lights that shine on the trees on the driveway leading to the mansion. I mean, if he didn't light up his trees, how would everybody know that he loves trees and he's so green?

Al Gore Leaves The Light On For Ya

Update, Al Gore said he did honor Earth hour. National Post asked a spokesperson if the Gores were asserting that Drew Johnson was mistaken about seeing the lights at the residence. They responded, correct. Let there be no light, said Al Gore, and there wasn't.

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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.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere were joined by Pat Gray to discuss "woke" Olympic athletes.

In this clip, the guys discussed how "bravely" some athletes are for threatening to protest the national anthem, for twerking on stage, and for showing off how woke they are.

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."

O'Reilly went on to predict that like Trump, President Joe Biden would lose reelection because of COVID. People saw a president who could not put out an intelligent fact-based message about COVID and people will remember that," he explained.

O'Reilly later added that "Trump and Biden are one-termers because of COVID."

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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.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.