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VOICE: It's time for another episode of everyone's favorite show, Know Your Czars!

GLENN: That's right, everyone. It's time for your favorite game, Know Your Czars. The most fun you can have watching your country disintegrate. Today's czar likes numbers. In fact, he announced that the Obama administration had lowered the deficit this year from $1.8 trillion to $1.6 trillion. Well, everybody dance... or not. Sure, he also noted that U.S. unemployment will surge to 10% this year and the budget deficit will widen to $1.5 trillion next year, reflecting a deeper recession than previously expected. And that the economy will shrink 2.8% this year, worse than the 1.2% contraction projected way, way, way back... in May. But it is clear that this guy is great with numbers because he's a real cost‑cutter. Any guesses who this guy might be?

STU: Is it Bernie Madoff?

GLENN: Sorry, sorry. No, not Bernie Madoff. Let me give you another hint. These big deficit savings are from their own estimates. So we can see how accurate they are. Sure, we're already about 18% higher than the top end of their unemployment estimates, top end, we're already 18% higher; but is that because they were completely wrong about how their stimulus plan would work? Could it be that the plan actually made things worse? Of course not. This czar says, quote, this administration's economic projections show that we have inherited a deeper recession than understood, end quote. Yes, it's their favorite word in the entire universe: Inherited. By the way, you won't be getting anything inherited very soon under these people. They inherited that $1.6 trillion deficit. So there was nothing they could do about it. They had to spend more this year to turn it around in the future. Now, that is financial optimism. Any guesses who this czar might be?

PAT: Is it Ken Lay?

GLENN: Ooh, sorry. I'll give you another hint. In 2008 George Bush had what all ‑‑ the all‑time record deficit in history. People like me bashed him for it. Barack Obama is crushing that record this year. But here is the detail that our czar forgot to mention: Even by Barack Obama's own estimates, at no time in the next ten years is Barack Obama able to do better than President Bush's worst year.

Now, I'm not saying that he ever has a surplus. I'm saying his deficit is worse than Bush's worst year. For every single year in his first term, his second term, and the first half of, well, I would say Joe Biden's term but it will probably be just the rest of Barack Obama's lifetime term. Today's czar shows the best year will be a deficit of $739 billion in 2015, if everything is as rosy as he says it will be. That's 61% worse than Bush's worst year and that's without universal healthcare and cap and trade. But... it gets worse. Again by Obama's own budget projections, the policies he's already put in will have the deficit getting worse, not better, at the end of projections. Worse in 2016 than 2015. Worse in 2017 than 2016. Worse in 2018 than 2017, and worse in 2019 than 2018. But after that, don't worry. I mean, everything is going to be ‑‑ anybody know who the czar is?

STU: Is it the State of California?

GLENN: Very, very close.

PAT: Is it Mark Rich?

GLENN: I think Mark Rich and Ken Lay are all dead, aren't they? No, sorry. Today's czar is Peter Orszag, Peter Orszag, our budget czar, handy with a calculator and based on his predictions so far, the proud Enron of czars.

VOICE: Ooh, sorry. Just like everyone who plays this game, you lose. But at least I'll die a little smarter just for listening to... Know Your Czars!

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.