Glenn Beck: Capitalism based on selfishness?



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GLENN:  From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, hello, you sick twisted freak.  Welcome to the program.  I'm glad you're here.  Ashley is with us from Oklahoma and KTOK.  Hello, Ashley. 

CALLER:  Hi. 

GLENN:  What is ‑‑ where do you go to school, Ashley?   

CALLER:  It's a very conservative Christian university in Oklahoma. 

GLENN:  A very ‑‑ is it the one with the big praying hands?   

CALLER:  No. 

GLENN:  You don't want to say?  Okay.  It's a very conservative Christian school in Oklahoma.   

CALLER:  Yes.  It's a Baptist College. 

GLENN:  Got it, okay.  So what happened with you and your professor?   

CALLER:  Well, I'm in an ethics course, a biblical ethics course, and he put up a quote on the board about capitalism like having this derogatory meaning with it, and I said, well, what's wrong with capitalism?  And he said, capitalism's based on selfishness.  It's about getting as much as you can for yourself.  And I said, no ‑‑   

GLENN:  That's his perversion of it.  But go ahead. 

CALLER:  Yeah.  And I said, well, capitalism's based on hard work.  It's about getting reward for hard work.  And well, he told me, no, it's about making money off of other people; it's not about hard work.  It's about ‑‑                    

GLENN:  So what is his, what is his replacement for capitalism? 

CALLER:  Socialism.                     

GLENN:  Socialism? 

CALLER:  Yeah, he says that the Bible ‑‑                    

GLENN:  This is a Christian ‑‑ hang on.  This is a Christian ethics teacher? 

CALLER:  Yes.                     

GLENN:  Okay.  And he said what?  The Bible says what? 

CALLER:  He said the Bible supports socialism.                     

GLENN:  Where? 

CALLER:  Well, there's this scripture in Acts about ‑‑ that's always used about the early church sharing their possessions.                     

GLENN:  Yes. 

CALLER:  So I ‑‑  

GLENN:  The church did. 

CALLER:  ‑‑ wrote a paper on capitalism as a biblical basis.  So I turned that in.  I don't know if he will like it or not.                     

GLENN:  Look, here's the thing.  Tithing and the 10%, Moses, tithe 10%, right?  What did they try to do before tithing?  What did Moses actually come out with?  Do you know?  What was tithing?  Before it was 10%, what was it before that?  The law of? 

CALLER:  I'm not sure.                     

GLENN:  The law of? 

CALLER:  Oh, yeah, okay.                     

GLENN:  The law of consecration, which means you take all of your money and you give it to Moses.  You give all of your money to your church, 100% and then you take only that that you need, okay?  Moses couldn't make that work and so the law of consecration was too difficult for the people with the guy who parted the Red Sea and so they went down to a 10% tithing rule:  Give 10%, okay?  When Jesus was talking about ‑‑ when the apostles were talking about the early church where they shared everything, that's the law of consecration, and people have led lives of the law of consecration before and since.  People have lived it many times.  However, the secret is nowhere in the Bible does the ‑‑ do any of the apostles or Jesus say give all of your money to the government.  They gave it to their church, and the church, nowhere did the apostles say we're going to take it from members of the church.  They, keyword, shared everything they had.

Now, your professor can talk all he wants about how evil capitalism is, but ask your professor why Adam and Eve came down.  Why, what was the whole thing about with the snake and the apple?  What was that all about?   

CALLER:  Because they disobeyed God.         

GLENN:  Yeah, but what did that do?  If Adam and Eve could ‑‑ if Adam and Eve didn't have the apple, they wouldn't have been fruitful and multiplied.  Man would not be if it wasn't for that, okay?  So what did they do?  They ate the apple.  Their eyes were opened.  They saw the difference between good and evil, and the Lord drove them out of paradise and let them live this life where you've got to make choices and there's bad and there's good.  We are here to make choices.  You ask your professor, how am I supposed to be a good Christian, how am I supposed to better myself if all of my decisions are made for me by the state.  If I can only eat these things, if I can only do these things, if I can only have this much money, if I'm forced to share, how does anyone grow spiritually?  How do you become Gandhi if everything is decided for you?  If this was the plan of salvation, if this is the plan of heaven, if this is God's plan, why didn't he just go with Lucifer's plan of just, I'll bring every soul back to you, God; you give the glory to me.  I'll make sure.  I'm not going to give them any choice.  I'll bring everyone back.  Jesus said, no, no, no, no; go down, let them have free will, let them have choice.  But they are going to make so many mistakes, they are going to need a savior to come down and wash them clean.  Now, if God didn't care about choice, if God was just like, you know what, just force them to do these things, it seems to me he would have gone with Lucifer's plan and not the other plan.  Does that make sense to you? 

CALLER:  Yeah.  And I ‑‑ one of the things I told him is that when Jesus commands us to give, I think that in a socialist society when our money's taken away from us by taxes, that's not really Jesus' definition of giving.                      

GLENN:  No, did he say ‑‑ go quote the scripture to your professor.  Ask him, did Jesus say when a man asks for your shirt, you give the government your coat, also, and have the government give that coat to the man?  No.  The government is a middleman.  The government is acting in the role of Lucifer.  They are taking stuff from you.  They are forcing you ‑‑ yes, I did, I did just say, yes, the government is the devil.  They are taking your choices from you.  There is ‑‑ you ask your professor this.  I hope you're writing this stuff down and I want to hear the answers from this nut job of a professor.  You ask this ‑‑ you ask your professor this:  At what point ‑‑ now, jeez, I just lost it.  What were we talking about before that?  The government is the devil, I remember that. 

CALLER:  The government is Satan.                     

GLENN:  I remember that one clearly.  I can't remember the last one.  Yeah, you just, you just ask your professor where in the scriptures does it teach about a middleman.  It teaches you to go right directly to the source.  Where ‑‑ you ask your professor this:  On April 15th does he feel charitable. 

CALLER:  Right.                     

GLENN:  As charitable on April 15th as he does when he goes and visits a soup kitchen and works there, when he goes and visits sick people in the hospital, when he stops off the side of the highway to help somebody whose car is broken down?  Does he have that same warm confirming spirit with him on April 15th?  The answer is no.  Because the spirit wouldn't confirm April 15th.  It's taken from you.  Giving is about your heart.  Taxes don't engage your heart.  They engage another part that is down, usually kept in the wallet region.  Ashley, you ask him those questions.  You call us back, all right? 

CALLER:  Okay.  Thank you.                     

GLENN:  All right.  Thank you.  Jeez.  I mean, from a Christian:  Capitalism is evil.  Capitalism is freedom.  What we do with capitalism is evil sometimes.  Capitalism, capitalism is evil.  Really?  Tell that to Bill Gates, who has taken, what is it, a billion dollars and given it to cure malaria, given it to help people all over the world.  You tell Wal‑Mart that capitalism is evil as they are writing out the largest check of any corporation for charity on planet Earth, every year.  You tell them that capitalism is evil.  You tell they happen that capitalism is evil when you look at the Jon Huntsman cancer center.  Written by a capitalist.  The check written by a capitalist.  The funds taken from capitalism.  You do that.  You tell him that.  Capitalism is evil?  You tell me that capitalism is evil when you look at what Washington has built on the backs of capitalists.  If capitalism was evil, if capitalism didn't exist, we wouldn't have this country.  We wouldn't have what the government has because the government didn't create anything; it took it from us!  Show me the dollars that they have made themselves, except for recently because they're printing those off right now show me the things the government has built on its own, except for a war machine.  They haven't invented or built one thing.  They went to capitalists and entrepreneurs and said we need something that does this, and they built it.  Don't tell me that capitalism is evil.  Your choices can be evil or your choices can be good.  But in this country the individual choice is what mattered.  But we have so perverted God's will, God's law, we have so perverted what our founding fathers ‑‑ so let me ask you this, Mr. Professor:  Do you believe this country was founded on divine providence?  Do you believe that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Madison, Adams, do you believe those men were enlightened men?  I do.  Well, their crazy idea was to allow men to be free and free in their own business to allow them to be able to engage in capitalism.  I didn't think a bad tree could bear good fruit.  I didn't know a good tree could bear bad fruit or bad trees bear good fruit.  I didn't think that was possible.  I've read that some place in some big thick book.  You'd know better than I do because you're a professor, and the elite professors always have the right answer.

'The Handmaid's Tale' got it right, just with the wrong religion

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Just in case The Handmaid's Tale's heavy-handed message wasn't already heavy-handed enough, a recent episode made it clear there's always room for further hysteria. Particularly, in relation to depictions of a “patriarchal society" run by Christian doctrine and determined by men — oh those dastardly men.

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The show appropriates Margaret Atwood of the same name, depicting a totalitarian society led by Christian doctrine in which women's bodies are controlled, and they have no rights. The story sounds familiar, but not in the same way Atwood and the show's creators have so smugly assumed.

Just as tone-deaf as 4th wave feminism itself, and tone-deaf in all the exact same places. Most notably, the show's heavy-handed indignation toward Christianity. Toward the patriarchy. Toward conservatives and traditional values. And just like 4th wave feminism, the show completely overlooks the irony at play. Because there is a part of the world where women and children are being raped and mutilated. In fact, in this very real place, the women or girls are often imprisoned, even executed, for being raped, and they are mutilated in unspeakable ways.

Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life.

There is a place, a very real place, where women are forced to cover their entire bodies with giant tarp-like blankets, which is all the more brutal given the endless heat of this place. There is a place where women literally have one-third of the rights of men, a place where women are legally, socially and culturally worth less than men.

They cannot drive cars. They cannot be outside alone. They cannot divorce, they cannot even choose who they marry and often, they are forcibly married at a young age.

They are raped. A lot. Theirs is a cruel, bloody, colorless life. This is the life of tens, perhaps hundreds of millions of women. And, I'll tell you, their religion isn't Christianity.

Science did it again. It only took 270 million years, but this week, scientists finally solved the mystery that has kept the world up at night. We finally know where octopuses come from: outer space. That explains why they look like the aliens in just about every alien movie ever made.

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It turns out octopuses were aliens that evolved on another planet. Scientists haven't determined which one yet, but they've definitely narrowed it down to one of the planets in one of the galaxies. Hundreds of millions of years ago (give or take a hundred), these evolved octopus aliens arrived on Earth in the form of cryopreserved eggs. Now, this part is just speculation, but it's possible their alien planet was on the verge of destruction, so Mom and Dad Octopus self-sacrificially placed Junior in one of these cryopreserved eggs and blasted him off the planet to save their kind.

This alien-octopus research, co-authored by a group of 33 scientists, was published in the Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology journal. I'm sure you keep that on your nightstand like I do.

Anyway, these scientists say octopuses evolved very rapidly over 270 million years. Which sounds slow, but in evolutionary terms, 270 million years is like light speed. And the only explanation for their breakneck evolution is that they're aliens. The report says, “The genome of the Octopus shows a staggering level of complexity with 33,000 protein-coding genes — more than is present in Homo sapiens."

Lucky for us, they landed in the water. Otherwise, we might be octopus pets.

They mention that the octopus' large brain, sophisticated nervous system, camera-like eyes, flexible bodies and ability to change color and shape all point to its alien nature. Octopuses developed those capabilities rather suddenly in evolution, whereas we're still trying to figure out the TV remote.

These biological enhancements are so far ahead of regular evolution that the octopuses must have either time-traveled from the future, or “more realistically" according to scientists, crash-landed on earth in those cryopreserved egg thingies. The report says the eggs arrived here in “icy bolides." I had to look up what a “bolide" is, and turns out it's a fancy word for a meteor.

So, to recap: a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, an alien race of octopuses packed their sperm-bank samples in some meteors and shot them toward Earth. Lucky for us, they landed in the water. Otherwise, we might be octopus pets.

President Trump's approval rating is rising, and Democrats — hilariously — can't seem to figure out what's going on. A few months ago Democrats enjoyed a sixteen point lead over Republicans, but now — according to CNN's recent national survey — that lead is down to just THREE points. National data from Reuters shows it as being even worse.

The Democratic advantage moving towards the halfway mark into 2018 shows that Republicans are only ONE point behind. The president's public approval rating is rising, and Democrats are nervously looking at each other like… “umm guys, what are we doing wrong here?"

I'm going to give Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi a little hint. We know that the Left has enjoyed a “special relationship" with the media, but they might want to have a sit down with their propaganda machine. The mainstream media is completely out of control, and Americans are sick of it. We're DONE with the media.

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Look what has been going on just this week. The president called MS-13 gang members animals, but that's not the story the media jumped on. They thought it was more clickable to say that Trump was calling all immigrants animals instead. In the Middle East, the media rushed to vilify Israel instead of Hamas. They chose to defend a terror organization rather than one of our oldest allies.

Think about that. The media is so anti-Trump that they've chosen a violent street gang AND A GLOBAL TERROR ORGANIZATION as their torch-bearing heroes. Come on, Democrats. Are you seriously baffled why the American people are turning their backs on you?

Still not enough evidence? Here's the New York Times just yesterday. Charles Blow wrote a piece called "A Blue Wave of Moral Restoration" where he tried to make the case that the president and Republicans were the enemy, but — fear not — Democrat morality was here to save the day.

Here are some of these cases Blow tries to make for why Trump is unfit to be President:

No person who treats women the way Trump does and brags on tape about sexually assaulting them should be president.

Ok, fine. You can make that argument if you want to, but why weren't you making this same argument for Bill Clinton? Never mind, I actually know the reason. Because you were too busy trying to bury the Juanita Broaddrick story.

Let's move on:

No person who has demonstrated himself to be a pathological liar should be president.

Do the words, “You can keep your doctor" mean anything to the New York Times or Charles Blow? I might have saved the best for last:

No person enveloped by a cloud of corruption should be president.

I can only think of three words for a response to this: Hillary Frigging Clinton.

Try displaying a little consistency.

If the media really wants Donald Trump gone and the Democrats to take over, they might want to try displaying a little consistency. But hey, maybe that's just too much to ask.

How about starting with not glorifying terrorist organizations and murderous street gangs. Could we at least begin there?

If not… good luck in the midterms.

In the weeks following President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the mainstream media was quick to criticize the president's pro-Israel stance and make dire predictions of violent backlash in the Middle East. Fast forward to this week's opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem and the simultaneous Palestinian “protests" in Gaza.

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Predictably, the mainstream media chastised Israel for what they called “state-sanctioned terrorism" when the IDF stepped in to protect their country from so-called peaceful Palestinian protesters. Hamas leaders later admitted that at least 50 of the 62 Palestinians killed in the clashes were Hamas terrorists.

“In our post-modern media age, there is no truth and nobody even seems to be looking for it …. This is shamefully clear in the media especially this week with their coverage of the conflict between the border of Israel and the Gaza strip," said Glenn on today's show. He added, “The main media narrative this week is about how the IDF is just killing innocent protesters, while Hamas officials have confirmed on TV that 50 of the 62 people killed were working for Hamas."

The mainstream media views the Palestinians as the oppressed people who just want to share the land and peacefully coexist with the people of Israel. “They can't seem to comprehend that in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, only one side is actively trying to destroy the other," surmised Glenn.

Watch the video above to hear Glenn debunk the “peaceful Palestinian protest" fallacy.