Glenn Beck: ArtReview Magazine "Power 100"



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GLENN: From high above, high above Times Square, third most listened to show in all of America. Hello, you sick twisted freak. This is the third most listened to show in all of America and the number 100 most influential person in art. Uh huh, uh huh. (Laughing). What is where did you find this, Stu?

STU: Glenn, this is ArtReview magazine.

GLENN: ArtReview magazine. And what are the criteria? What is this?

STU: Well, the magazine announced this morning the list of art world's power 100 and several prominent L.A. names were among the illustrious including as you know, and you are very familiar, Pat, Eli Broad who came into the set of

GLENN: Oh, I love Eli. He's so broad. Oh, Govan is on this?

STU: Govan is on it.

PAT: You couldn't have a list without Govan.

STU: Obviously I could have just said this but obviously Tim Blum and Jeff Poe sharing Number 31.

GLENN: They share it this year, huh?

STU: Yeah. Obviously 16, just say it with me, Agnes Gund and, of course, at number 28 obviously, Ann Philbin and, of course, number 58, Richard Serra. And at 86 obviously Victorina.

GLENN: Oh, Victorina, finally, finally she's does it give an explanation of how I made this list?

STU: You are number 100 on the list.

GLENN: So I'm in the hot 100.

STU: Yes.

GLENN: Of the most influential people in art.

STU: Now, shockingly

GLENN: I love this.

STU: Shockingly enough, but the L.A. Times when reporting this story, even with all those gigantic names on the list has used your picture, the guy who's at number 100, for some reason.

GLENN: Not Victorina Miro?

STU: Or number 20, Mike... Kelley or number 29, Matthew... Higgs. Right. So you'd think with all those pictures to choose from, you wouldn't

GLENN: Right.

STU: But shockingly enough they put it at number 100, I assume to make fun of well, I was going to say make fun of you because of your art criticism. But maybe there's something deeper here. Maybe they understand the artistic talent of Glenn Beck.

GLENN: You know what it is? You know what it is? You know what it is? It is this is a very dangerous thing that these people are they are playing with 99 lives. Because artists are very sensitive and now they see my name on there and they are like, this list it's almost like the Nobel Prize. This list used to mean something. It's

PAT: Well, it's like the Maxim hot 100 babes where they took up a space with Michelle Obama.

GLENN: Right.

PAT: And took some, you know, nubile 22 year old buxom babe who had had, you know, $5,000 worth of surgery.

GLENN: Are you saying that I don't really I am not the most, 100 most important people in the art world?

PAT: In this analogy I suppose you could draw that conclusion.

STU: Oh, I thought you were talking about number 85, Daniel... Buchholz.

PAT: Who's number one? We haven't even talked about number one.

STU: Oh, my God, you are right. I can't even believe this. I'll give you the top 3 because this is big. Number 3, sir Nicholas Serota. Yeah! Whew.

GLENN: I call him Sir Nick.

STU: At number 2, Glenn D. Lowry!

PAT: Lowry was number 2 this year?

GLENN: That's a crime.

PAT: I mean, I wouldn't even put him in the top 10.

STU: Ahead of Larry Gagosian? I mean, come on!

PAT: Larry? I know, I know.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. Do they say why? Is there any explanation?

STU: There is a I didn't give you number one. People are like, what don't get cut off now.

GLENN: You wait. Wait for the magazine or the website or whatever this thing is.

STU: Number one is Hans Ulrich Obrist.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: For his work did they mention his works this year?

GLENN: It was the blue period. This was for his blue period called ya, sure.

STU: One of the most notable inclusions in this year's list is political conservative commentator Glenn Beck who came in at number 100. Beck's place on the list is no doubt due to his recent controversial foray into art criticism when he lambasted art created for New York's Rockefeller Center.

GLENN: Hang on just a second.

PAT: Or perhaps they saw the George Washington painting. There you go.

GLENN: Could be. No, they haven't even seen that. I'm changing that. I've decided to change that.

STU: To change what?

GLENN: The George Washington painting. Truth and Deceit is what I like to call it. Truth is on the top. It's Gilbert Stuart's painting of George Washington, as interpreted by me. And I saw his unfinished work really I'm just practicing for my art interview. I saw his unfinished work really more of a I saw more of the empty space there and I thought, George Washington really just rings truth to me.

PAT: I've always looked at that as opulent, not overly ostentatious.

GLENN: And I thought really if this unfinished work were folded, which you never do, but if it were folded and stored some place, well, like the holy shroud of Turin, what would be the reverse of the image of George Washington and truth?

PAT: I see. And your conclusion was?

GLENN: Well, because I thought it was too politically incorrect, I originally had painted FDR. But seeing that I don't think it could get any worse, I went with the original idea and I repainted over. I'm beginning that process now of putting Barack Obama's face as the reverse of George Washington.

PAT: Excuse me?

GLENN: Hmmm?

PAT: Excuse me? Who?

GLENN: I just thought it was you know, art is to make to push the edges of society, get you to think, get you out of your comfort zone, you know? It's the one safe space that we as artists need to do, you know?

PAT: Won't that be interesting to see if that is a safe space for you.

GLENN: Oh, no, of course it is.

PAT: Of course.

STU: You are one of the most powerful men in art. Of course.

GLENN: I'm one of the most powerful people in art. And I plan on next year being number 25.

STU: Really? You are going to move up?

GLENN: Oh, yeah.

STU: I like it.

PAT: Move up 75 spots?

GLENN: Because there's no there's just my love of the openness and the inclusiveness of the art world that has inspired my idea of having an antipropaganda propaganda art show, and we're doing that here in New York which I think is going to be roundly accepted and praised for its challenge that it presents to society.

STU: You know who I know will be there is, of course, Number 11, Iwan Wirth.

GLENN: Oh, U?

STU: Iwan Wirth.

GLENN: He is. Sir Ted is also going to be there, which he is fantastic.

STU: You know what? At number 14, Jay Jopling, there's no way you can keep that guy away from there, I'll tell you that much.

GLENN: Yeah. So I thank you for the honor, art world, and believe me I'm not going to squander that. I'm going to make sure that everybody's very well aware that you are so accepting of this small humble, dare I say it, just like you, artist.

STU: I just hope the commissioner of art does not come out and say you're not allowed a list because

GLENN: I've been told now I can't own an art gallery.

STU: Really?

GLENN: Yes.

STU: Wow. The commissioner of art has said that?

GLENN: Yes, the commissioner of art has said that.


 

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.

President Donald Trump has done a remarkable job of keeping his campaign promises so far. From pulling the US from the Iran Deal and Paris Climate Accord to moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, the president has followed through on his campaign trail vows.

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“It's quite remarkable. I don't know if anybody remembers, but I was the guy who was saying he's not gonna do any of those things," joked Glenn on “The News and Why it Matters," adding, “He has taken massive steps, massive movement or completed each of those promises … I am blown away."

Watch the video above to hear Glenn Beck, Sara Gonzales, Doc Thompson, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray discuss the story.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar brings white fan onstage to sing with him, but here’s the catch

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Rapper Kendrick Lamar asked a fan to come onstage and sing with him, only to condemn her when she failed to censor all of the song's frequent mentions of the “n-word" while singing along.

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“I am so sorry," she apologized when Lamar pointed out that she needed to “bleep" that word. “I'm used to singing it like you wrote it." She was booed at by the crowd of people, many screaming “f*** you" after her mistake.

On Tuesday's show, Pat and Jeffy watched the clip and talked about some of the Twitter reactions.

“This is ridiculous," Pat said. “The situation with this word has become so ludicrous."