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GLENN: Let's go to Raj in Philadelphia, hello, Raj.

CALLER: How in the world does being a progressive, a reactionary, a person who reacts to the climate of their times, how in the world does that make you antifreedom when most every social and political battle that took place in this country and was one was spearheaded by progressive and progressive organizations and groups? How does that make you antifreedom?

GLENN: Explain early as Hillary Clinton calls it, early 20th Century American progressivism. What does it believe?

CALLER: I'm not sure. I don't want to get into trying to explain it. I'm not too familiar with it.

GLENN: Explain progressive. Explain progressivism as understand it.

CALLER: How will you answer my question with a question?

GLENN: I cannot answer your question, sir, if I don't know how you define progressivism.

CALLER: I'll let you know. I look at progressivism as reactionaries.

GLENN: What does that mean?

CALLER: A person who reacts and changes along with the climate of our times. People who are willing to move forward and get things done according to the climate of our times. There were years centuries ago when homosexuals were not being looked as they are looked at now in our country. But because progressives, because this happened to be whatever you call it, this is just a trend, a culture of part of our culture of this country of homosexuals getting their rights and doing the things they want to do, we, progressives, are those who went to fight for laws and freedoms for homosexuals to be able to do the things that they are able to do now that they weren't able to do 40 or 50, 60 years ago in this country. Do you understand that?

GLENN: First of all, yeah, you don't have to talk down to me, Raj. First of all, I never heard reactionary ‑‑

CALLER: I'm just not as articulate as you are, that's all, Glenn.

GLENN: First of all, I've never heard the word reactionary used as a positive before. And I can understand why you now don't understand progressivism as anything other than freedom because you have one part of it actually right. The one part that you do understand, unfortunately you don't apparently know the history or you've chosen to dismiss it because you didn't include it, and that's the important part, the one part that you do have is the evolutionary idea of the progressive movement. The progressive movement really grew out of the same time that Darwinism did. That's why the progressive movement were the ones that came up with ‑‑ what do you call it? Eugenics. Because they have this idea that man progresses. Man changes. Man evolves. And so the best idea, the eugenics came from the progressive idea of evolution, came from the idea of we can make a better society by not allowing those people that are not as whole, not as people, not a quality of life, inferior in some way or another, including African‑Americans, those were included in the early 20th Century American progressives. What they decided to do is either not let them mate or ex terminate. That's what it turned into over in Europe when it left our shores. Promoted by doctors, it left our shores and became "let's ex terminate those and we can have a master race." That was a progressive idea.

The other way that they took evolutionary ideas is they said "there is no truth. It evolves. So we hold these truths to be self‑evident, the early 20th Century progressives said" those truths were self‑evident then. But there is no self‑evident now that relates back then. All truth is up to the individual in his time period. There is no self‑truth.

So you have that part down. You have the "let's just evolve." but what you don't have down is the idea that there is no God. There is nature's God and nature's laws do not exist. There is the idea that the progressives have ‑‑ and that is: God doesn't exist, therefore the state must exist. The state is the one that gives you the rights. It tells you ‑‑ it, you, man, is not born with rights given or endowed unto him by his creator. He is not born with rights. The state issues those rights and the state can take those rights away at any time if it is deemed in the self‑interest for the collective. That's the part you're missing is you want to look at the collective as a happy thing. But if the collective is run by people that don't necessarily agree with you, well, then you're out. What would happen, Raj, if you didn't like the new truth?

CALLER: But that is not really considered the new truth. That's someone else's understanding of what they want to consider the new truth.

GLENN: Let's just say, Raj, let's just say, because the Republicans have been progressives, as well. George Bush is a progressive.

CALLER: Right.

GLENN: You agree with that, Raj?

CALLER: Yeah.

GLENN: Did you agree with George Bush in all of his truths?

CALLER: No.

GLENN: So the stronger the government gets, Raj, under a progressive, the stronger it gets, the more rights it takes from the people that they don't agree with. That's why you don't want to get into bed with progressives, on Republicans or Democrats, because you have the rights; they don't see it that way. The state does for the good of the collective. But if you happen to be on the opposing side, well then you've just lost everything. So if you didn't like George Bush and you thought he was taking away freedoms, then you should understand the progressive movement.

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn explain:

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

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What is actually in Texas' new GOP-led voting bill? Nearly every Texas House Democrat fled the state to block its passage, calling it racist and oppressive, and President Joe Biden backed them as well.

But Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to set the record straight and call out the lies: All of these claims are "completely false." He also explained his promise to "arrest" the Texas House Democrats when they return to the Lone Star State.

"What is in the bill is completely different than what they're saying, what Kamala Harris is saying, what President Biden is saying. What's in the bill actually increases the number of hours that people have to vote in the state of Texas. In the state of Texas, we have at least 12 days of early voting, and we are adding hours to those days. And on top of that, we are giving people time off from work to be able to vote. Bottom line, we're making it easier to vote in the state of Texas," Gov Abbott explained.

"In comparison, Delaware — the state that President Biden votes in — has exactly zero hours of early voting," he added. "That said, there is one thing that we're doing in the state of Texas, and that is we're making sure we tighten the reins on mail-in ballots that can lead to voter fraud. And it's not me saying that. It's a federal judge, appointed by Barack Obama, in Corpus Christi, Texas, who wrote in a legal opinion that voter fraud occurs, quote, in abundance as it concerns mail-in ballots. We know. Texans know. There is fraud in mail-in ballots in the state of Texas. It must be fixed. That's one thing we're trying to do. That being said, all these claims that we're denying people the right to vote and yada, yada, yada, are completely false."

Abbott went on to discuss the much-debated voter ID laws in Texas and to explain why Democrats insist on calling basic voter ID requirements "racist."

"When Democrats do not have truth on their side, they resort to one single word and that is 'racism' ... Texas implemented voter ID almost a decade ago, and when we went through that fight, what word did they use? Racism," he said. "Guess what? After Texas imposed voter ID requirements in the state of Texas, there have been more people voting and more people of color who went to vote. Voting didn't get harder. It got easier and more abundant in the state of Texas. And so, once again, Democrats have absolutely no legal standing, other than to say, 'racism.'"

Glenn asked Gov. Abbott to explain his pledge to "arrest" the Democratic lawmakers that fled once they return to Texas.

"Let me explain how this works. So, whenever there is a break of quorum, which is what is happening now — meaning there is not a sufficient number of people who are showing up to the Texas House of Representatives for the Texas House to engage in business. Whenever there's a quorum break like that, the House issues what's called a 'call on the House.' And when that happens, the sergeant-at-arms is authorized to work with the Texas Department of Public Safety, to — you can call it arrest, apprehend, whatever you want to call it — any of the members who are not in the Texas House of Representatives and bring them to the Texas House where they will be 'cabined' with no ability to leave the Texas House chamber, without a permission slip from the speaker."

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Our Fourth Amendment, which protects our right to privacy, has never been in more danger. Journalist Lara Logan joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to explain how the digital world has given leaders — both in government and corporations — the ability to not only spy on Americans, but to track their patterns of behavior, too.

Lara explained why, even if you think you have nothing to hide, you should be very concerned. Because these digital "human terrain maps" could be used to manipulate you in any way those in control see fit.

"The purpose of your privacy is much more than just being out of public view," Lara said. "There is really nothing that's more central to our democracy than the right to privacy. I mean, all of the rights in the Constitution have a real purpose, and a real value, and if we allow people to take them away from us, we voluntarily are surrendering that. We are lambs to the slaughter.

"They're not just looking at what you have to hide. They're looking to manipulate you into doing what they want. These are control systems. That's what they are," Lara explained. "What they do with the information is they create a 'human terrain map' for every single person on the planet, anyone within a digital signature or within their reach. They are creating a human terrain map that can be used against you, by anyone."

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