Glenn Beck: Sad state of affairs in Philly

Glenn Beck is seen here on the Insider Webcam, an exclusive feature available only to Glenn Beck Insiders. Learn more...

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

GLENN: Oh, yes, my friends. Here it is the march to socialism. Today, no love for the common man. Beck and Fox pretend to fight for the little guy but do nothing to promote equality. You know, we had something else that was prepared for the march to socialism, but this is this proves the point. This is from the Philadelphia Inquirer which has about another 10 minutes before it goes out of business. This is proof of what we were just talking about, wouldn't you say, Stu? We were just talking about progressives and that you're not enlightened enough, you know that the way to stop you back in the early 1900s was they wanted to have big administration, they wanted to have lots of government programs and they wanted to take the money from the rich and give it to the poor. That's not, that's not Marxism. To them that's not socialism. They are offended by that. And I mean this sincerely. They truly believe they are not Marxist or socialist. But you, libertarians and conservatives and some Democrats go, wait a minute, wait a minute, that sure sounds like conservativism. No, it's not. That's enlightened. That is their serious caveat that stops it from being Marxism. It's enlightened. It's repackaged. These people actually believe it.

But here's a story in the Philadelphia Inquirer that proves what we were just talking about: Beck and Fox pretend to fight for the little guy but do nothing to promote equality. This is also why you cannot have the argument of whether the Republicans need to move right or left until you have this conversation: Is Fox News host Glenn Beck or own Father Charles Coughlin, the radio priest who railed against FDR in the 1930s, that's becoming a common refrain among liberals who hear echoes of Coughlin in Beck's attacks on President Obama. Conservatives recoil at the charge.

First of all, nobody even knows who Father Coughlin was. Father Coughlin is a guy I had to look up when I was studying the Great Depression. Before anybody charged me, I'm looking at this, I'm looking at the Great Depression, what happened, who were the players, et cetera, et cetera. This is a guy who stood up against FDR. First he stood with him but then they had a disagreement. FDR's people sent people from the administration to Father Coughlin and said, please, you've got to come back to FDR, you've got to help us out with the New Deal. Toward the end of the New Deal he said this is a sham, this is a total and complete sham.

The other thing about Father Coughlin is he was okay with the extermination of Jews. So anti Semite. This guy had, he was 30? No, 70 I can't remember, millions and millions and millions of people.

STU: I think I read 40 million.

GLENN: 40 million people listening to him on radio. Back then that was a ton. He was very powerful. Okay, so common refrain among liberals who hear echoes of Coughlin in Beck's attacks on President Obama. I contend that he don't even know who he is. Conservatives recoil the charge noting that Coughlin vilified Jews. No matter what you think of Beck who joined Fox in January and already draws more than two million viewers every evening, he is no anti Semite. Well, thank you, Jonathan Zimmerman. But he's also no Coughlin. Again, thank you. Whose attack listen, this is where it becomes key: Whose attacks on poverty amid plenty would surely earn him the label "Leftist or even socialist" on Fox News today. No. Progressive. Indeed before he dissented into Jew baiting, Coughlin's chief target was economic inequality and that's what's missing from the rants of Glenn Beck and his fellow commentators on Fox who have managed to make me nostalgic for the days of Father Coughlin. He's nostalgic for a Jew baiter, for a race baiter, for a guy who's like, hey, the ovens aren't that bad. Because I won't rail against inequality.

He's also let's be clear. Coughlin was a kook. He is not just an anti Semite. He claims that Great Depression was caused by conspiracy of international bankers who undermined America's sovereignty and economy.

I'm telling you, if the kook mark my words. If the kook label doesn't stick to me because that's what they have been trying to do, I'm nuts, I'm crazy, I'm a kook. If you've listened to me over the years, you know that I'm a fairly reasoned man. You may not agree with me, but I'm a fairly reasoned man. I am bothered by, I'm bothered by inconsistencies but I'm not a kook. That's what they're trying to paint me as now. If that doesn't work, mark my words, the next thing they are going to come after is he's an evil genius businessman, and they will come after, they will come after me on, look at the business, look he doesn't mean a word they have already tried. He doesn't mean a word that he says but that's because he's crazy. Now they are going to tie you watch. They will tie it into, he's a crazy businessman who just says these things to make money. That's all that matters.

STU: Just one clarification. They won't use the word "Genius." I promise.

GLENN: If it's only in the word "Evil. Evil genius."

STU: If it's tied to evil.

GLENN: If it's got a hyphen.

STU: Not a person who's a genius and evil. Just you are a genius at being evil.

GLENN: Yeah, it's a total game. It's a total sham. That's all it is. And again for those of you who have listened to me for a long time, you know I turn down more business than I take because I mean, I have to tell you there's been some behind the scenes conversation about business wanting to advertise on this show and I've said, nope, nope, here in the recent weeks. And it is I mean, you just know me. For those of you who don't, you'll have to get to know me or listen to kooks like this guy from Philadelphia.

Coughlin was no kook. He was just an anti Semite. He claimed the Great Depression, blah, blah, blah. After briefly supporting Roosevelt, Coughlin condemned him as a tool of these corporate moguls and most bizarrely as a communist. That's where Coughlin got it wrong, but here's why he got it wrong. Coughlin also indicted free market capitalism which left millions without work or homes. Then, as now, Coughlin's native Detroit had the highest unemployment of any major American city. In the cold Michigan winters, jobless men shivered on bread lines or huddled in soup kitchens. To Father Coughlin, it was sinful not just unfair, but a crime against God for the poor to suffer while others prospered. Consider the stated principles of Coughlin's ill fated National Union For Social Justice, social justice. Social justice. Social justice, where did I hear social justice recently? Oh, my gosh. Who's the KKK guy, the preacher? Jeremiah Wright. Social justice. Another name for Marxism. Social justice also used by progressives. In Father Coughlin's time, social justice was not a Marxist term. It was a progressive term. He said he found it in 1934, I believe in upholding the right to private property. Yet, in controlling it for the public good. Coughlin declared he went on to demand that nationalization of public necessities including banking, oil and natural gas industries. Coughlin also included a shout out for progressive taxation, particularly in the event that America went to war, for defense of our nation and its liberties, there should be no conscription of wealth as well as a conscription of men. Most of all, Coughlin insisted federal policy should aid the least fortunate. I believe the chief concern of government shall be for the poor because the rich have ample means to their own on their own to care for themselves.

Okay. This guy goes on now and says close your eyes. Can you picture Glenn Beck saying any of these things? No. He says, you can't. He's now saying that that's my problem, and that is exactly the problem in Pennsylvania. Of course this paper in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is writing this. Because they want to make the argument about the Republicans, and this is the argument that everybody in the country is having, should the Republicans go more right or more left? No, they need to cut out the progressive gene. This guy's vilifying me because I'm not a progressive. I don't believe in big government. It is a sad day in America when a reporter on a paper in Philadelphia doesn't even know the history of our country well enough, doesn't even know the history of the founding that happened in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has not read enough of the founders' words to even know the words of Benjamin Franklin. I'm sorry. You can go to your Father Coughlin all the time and pine for the days of the anti Semite who also wanted to take wealth from people along the lines of Karl Marx. I would much rather go back and reach back to the founders and the words of people like Benjamin Franklin who you'd think this guy would know, living in Philadelphia and being an educated journalist, who said the best way to help the poor is to make them uncomfortable in their own poverty.

I am a compassionate man. I just believe in teaching a man to fish, not giving him fish. I just believe in let's make them uncomfortable in anything that the government can do so they don't want to take it very long. We're doing the exact opposite. You are creating a giant bureaucratic government that enslaves people. I'm trying to say help when we must; push and help themselves every single day.

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.


The number of people serving life sentences now exceeds the entire prison population in 1970, according to newly-released data from the Sentencing Project. The continued growth of life sentences is largely the result of "tough on crime" policies pushed by legislators in the 1990s, including presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Biden has since apologized for backing those types of policies, but it seems he has yet to learn his lesson. Indeed, Biden is backing yet another criminal justice policy with disastrous consequences—mandatory drug treatment for all drug offenders.

Proponents of this policy argue that forced drug treatment will reduce drug usage and recidivism and save lives. But the evidence simply isn't on their side. Mandatory treatment isn't just patently unethical, it's also ineffective—and dangerous.

Many well-meaning people view mandatory treatment as a positive alternative to incarceration. But there's a reason that mandatory treatment is also known as "compulsory confinement." As author Maya Schenwar asks in The Guardian, "If shepherding live human bodies off to prison to isolate and manipulate them without their permission isn't ethical, why is shipping those bodies off to compulsory rehab an acceptable alternative?" Compulsory treatment isn't an alternative to incarceration. It is incarceration.

Compulsory treatment is also arguably a breach of international human rights agreements and ethical standards. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have made it clear that the standards of ethical treatment also apply to the treatment of drug dependence—standards that include the right to autonomy and self-determination. Indeed, according to UNODC, "people who use or are dependent on drugs do not automatically lack the capacity to consent to treatment...consent of the patient should be obtained before any treatment intervention." Forced treatment violates a person's right to be free from non-consensual medical treatment.

It's a useless endeavor, anyway, because studies have shown that it doesn't improve outcomes in reducing drug use and criminal recidivism. A review of nine studies, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, failed to find sufficient evidence that compulsory drug treatment approaches are effective. The results didn't suggest improved outcomes in reducing drug use among drug-dependent individuals enrolled in compulsory treatment. However, some studies did suggest potential harm.

According to one study, 33% of compulsorily-treated participants were reincarcerated, compared to a mere 5% of the non-treatment sample population. Moreover, rates of post-release illicit drug use were higher among those who received compulsory treatment. Even worse, a 2016 report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health found that people who received involuntary treatment were more than twice as likely to die of an opioid-related overdose than those with a history of only voluntary treatment.

These findings echo studies published in medical journals like Addiction and BMJ. A study in Addiction found that involuntary drug treatment was a risk factor for a non-fatal drug overdose. Similarly, a study in BMJ found that patients who successfully completed inpatient detoxification were more likely than other patients to die within a year. The high rate of overdose deaths by people previously involuntarily treated is likely because most people who are taken involuntarily aren't ready to stop using drugs, authors of the Addiction study reported. That makes sense. People who aren't ready to get clean will likely use again when they are released. For them, the only post-treatment difference will be lower tolerance, thanks to forced detoxification and abstinence. Indeed, a loss of tolerance, combined with the lack of a desire to stop using drugs, likely puts compulsorily-treated patients at a higher risk of overdose.

The UNODC agrees. In their words, compulsory treatment is "expensive, not cost-effective, and neither benefits the individual nor the community." So, then, why would we even try?

Biden is right to look for ways to combat addiction and drug crime outside of the criminal justice system. But forced drug treatment for all drug offenders is a flawed, unethical policy, with deadly consequences. If the goal is to help people and reduce harm, then there are plenty of ways to get there. Mandatory treatment isn't one of them.

Lindsay Marie is a policy analyst for the Lone Star Policy Institute, an independent think tank that promotes freedom and prosperity for all Texans. You can follow her on Twitter @LindsayMarieLP.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani joined Glenn Beck on Tuesday's radio program discuss the Senate's ongoing investigation into former vice president Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and reveal new bombshell documents he's currently releasing.

Giuliani told Glenn he has evidence of "very, very serious crime at the highest levels of government," that the "corrupt media" is doing everything in their power to discredit.

He also dropped some major, previously unreported news: not only was Hunter Biden under investigation in 2016, when then-Vice President Biden "forced" the firing of Ukraine's prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, but so was the vice president himself.

"Shokin can prove he was investigating Biden and his son. And I now have the prosecutorial documents that show, all during that period of time, not only was Hunter Biden under investigation -- Joe Biden was under investigation," Giuliani explained. "It wasn't just Hunter."

Watch this clip to get a rundown of everything Giuliani has uncovered so far.

Use code GLENN to save $10 on one year of BlazeTV.

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.

For most Americans, the 1980s was marked by big hair, epic lightsaber battles, and school-skipping Ferris Bueller dancing his way into the hearts of millions.

But for Bernie Sanders — who, by the way, was at that time the oldest-looking 40-year-old in human history — the 1980s was a period of important personal milestones.

Prior to his successful 1980 campaign to become mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Sanders was mostly known around the Green Mountain State as a crazy, wildly idealistic socialist. (Think Karl Marx meets Don Quixote.) But everything started to change for Sanders when he became famous—or, in the eyes of many, notorious—for being "America's socialist mayor."

As mayor, Sanders' radical ideas were finally given the attention he had always craved but couldn't manage to capture. This makes this period of his career particularly interesting to study. Unlike today, the Bernie Sanders of the 1980s wasn't concerned with winning over an entire nation — just the wave of far-left New York City exiles that flooded Vermont in the 1960s and 1970s — and he was much more willing to openly align himself with local and national socialist and communist parties.

Over the past few weeks, I have been reading news reports of Sanders recorded in the 1980s — because, you know, that's how guys like me spend their Saturday nights — and what I've found is pretty remarkable.

For starters, Sanders had (during the height of the Soviet Union) a very cozy relationship with people who openly advocated for Marxism and communism. He was an elector for the Socialist Workers Party and promoted the party's presidential candidates in 1980 and 1984.

To say the Socialist Workers Party was radical would be a tremendous understatement. It was widely known SWP was a communist organization mostly dedicated to the teachings of Marx and Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of the Russian Revolution.

Among other radical things I've discovered in interviews Sanders conducted with the SWP's newspaper — appropriately named The Militant (seriously, you can't make this stuff up) — is a statement by Sanders published in June 1981 suggesting that some police departments "are dominated by fascists and Nazis," a comment that is just now being rediscovered for the first time in decades.

In 1980, Sanders lauded the Socialist Workers Party's "continued defense of the Cuban revolution." And later in the 1980s, Sanders reportedly endorsed a collection of speeches by the socialist Sandinistas in Nicaragua, even though there had been widespread media reports of the Sandinistas' many human rights violations prior to Sanders' endorsement, including "restrictions on free movement; torture; denial of due process; lack of freedom of thought, conscience and religion; denial of the right of association and of free labor unions."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Comrade Bernie's disturbing Marxist past, which is far more extensive than what can be covered in this short article, shouldn't be treated as a mere historical footnote. It clearly illustrates that Sanders' brand of "democratic socialism" is much more than a $15 minimum wage and calls for single-payer health care. It's full of Marxist philosophy, radical revolutionary thinking, anti-police rhetoric, and even support for authoritarian governments.

Millions of Americans have been tricked into thinking Sanders isn't the radical communist the historical record — and even Sanders' own words — clearly show that he is. But the deeper I have dug into Comrade Bernie's past, the more evident it has become that his thinking is much darker and more dangerous and twisted than many of his followers ever imagined.

Tomorrow night, don't miss Glenn Beck's special exposing the radicals who are running Bernie Sanders' campaign. From top to bottom, his campaign is staffed with hard-left extremists who are eager to burn down the system. The threat to our constitution is very real from Bernie's team, and it's unlike anything we've ever seen before in a U.S. election. Join Glenn on Wednesday, at 9 PM Eastern on BlazeTV's YouTube page, and on And just in case you miss it live, the only way to catch all of Glenn's specials on-demand is by subscribing to Blaze TV.

Justin Haskins ( is editorial director of The Heartland Institute and editor-in-chief of

Candace Owens, BLEXIT founder and author of the upcoming book, "Blackout," joined Glenn Beck on Friday's GlennTV for an exclusive interview. available only to BlazeTV subscribers.

Candace dropped a few truth-bombs about the progressive movement and what's happening to the Democratic Party. She said people are practically running away from the left due to their incessant push to dig up dirt on anybody who disagrees with their radical ideology. She explained how -- like China and its "social credit score" -- the left is shaping America into its own nightmarish episode of "Black Mirror."

"This game of making sure that everyone is politically correct is a societal atom bomb. There are no survivors. There's no one that is perfect," Candace said. "The idea that humanity can be perfect is Godless. If you accept that there is something greater than us, then you accept that we a flawed. To be human is to be flawed."

Enjoy this clip from the full episode below:

BlazeTV subscribers can watch the full interview on Use code GLENN to save $10 off one year of your subscription.

Want more from Glenn Beck?

To enjoy more of Glenn's masterful storytelling, thought-provoking analysis and uncanny ability to make sense of the chaos, subscribe to BlazeTV — the largest multi-platform network of voices who love America, defend the Constitution and live the American dream.