Can Americans Still Think Outside the Box?

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Progressives don't want you to read real history. But in order to get out of the mess we are currently in, it's imperative to understand how we got here.

Join me on another one of my "designed just to get TV ratings" history lessons?

Back when we were growing up — after the World Wars — people were freaking out about nuclear weapons. Who wouldn't be? We'd stay up at night hoping the Soviets wouldn't vaporize us.

So some scientists came up with an idea to protect us: The Doomsday Device. They wanted to put a series of data into a computer and create programs that would calculate the risk of a country launching a nuclear attack. The computer would be attached to a stockpile of nuclear weapons, so that if a country launched an attack, the computer would automatically trigger the super-bomb and bathe the Earth in fire and radiation. They were going to destroy the planet!

I'll go out on a limb and say this theory has a few holes in it. What if the computer had a glitch or what if some suicidal computer hacker wanted to take the rest of the world out along with him?

The world would eventually settle on "mutually assured destruction": The idea was if two countries engaged in nuclear attacks, you could bet that both countries would be vaporized. And the very thought of that would stop countries from attacking each other in the first place.

After the 9/11 attacks perpetrated by Al Qaeda, I started doing my homework. I was a pretty lazy American and decided to educate myself. I read "Tragedy and Hope." It was written in the 1960s by a very well-respected professor — he's taught at Georgetown, Harvard, Princeton — named Carroll Quigley. He was a very close mentor to Bill Clinton; he's advised other presidents.

Quigley had a better idea than the Doomsday Device or mutually assured destruction to prevent nuclear war; tragedy is war, the hope was an end to the wars.

Instead of tying everybody to a master computer, they decided to tie the world's economies together. That way no country would dare wage total war on another without risking the destruction of its own economy. The book came out in the early '60s — can you think of a war since then where there has been a clear winner and loser since then? Vietnam. The Gulf wars. Afghanistan. The War on Terror. They did this to stop wars. Just like it's mutually assured destruction if someone launches a nuclear weapon; this is mutually assured economic destruction.

But fast forward to today — look at what is happening around the globe:

Greece is failing. Economically, their debt is more than twice what Russia owed when it defaulted in 1998. The unrest is about to boil over; they are striking. There have been riots and violent outbursts.

George Soros of all people — a progressive who advocates for E.U.-style policies — acknowledges it's not just Greece in trouble: Spain, Italy, Portugal and Ireland are also floundering. Of course, Soros' solution is "more intrusive monitoring" — I don't even know what that means, Big Brother.

You've got all of these countries going down in a domino effect. Apparently their economies are all tied together. We're all interdependent — oh yeah, to stop nuclear war, we would tie all of our economies together.

It's why the George Soros-type global master planning idea is horrible: When we're all tied together, when one falls we all fall down. If America falls, the entire world falls. If China falls, the world falls. The Europe falls, the world falls.

That's the reason we hear the phrase "too big to fail," but nobody is explaining it to you. I just have: If these countries go down, it was designed for the entire system to go down.

One person said this clearly, but he acted shocked like he didn't know why it was all happening. Right after TARP and everything else, one congressman said this:


REP. PAUL KANJORSKI, D-PA: If they had not done that, their estimation was that by 2 o'clock that afternoon, $5.5 trillion would have been drawn out of the money market system of the United States, would have collapsed the entire economy of the United States and, within 24 hours, the world economy would have collapsed. Now we talked at that time about what would happen if that happened. It would have been the end of our economic system and our political system as we know it.


So now we have to decide can we save things like the banks or Greece? I don't think we can; others do. But the question is: Should we save them? Knowing what I just told you, it's designed to collapse the whole thing. Should we save them? Your gut instinct is yes, of course. But let me introduce you to someone. He's an economist you've probably never heard of because he was practically erased from the history books. He was Russian. His name was Nikolai Kondratiev.

Kondratiev is credited with popularizing the "Wave Theory" on capitalism in his 1925 book, "The Major Economic Cycles."

Basically the "Wave Theory" holds that capitalism has a consistent pattern of ups and downs. These long waves averaged about 40-60 years, cycling between economic winter (think, the Great Depression), spring (things are turning around), summer (when we can do no wrong) and fall (when the economic leaves start to turn).

We are not allowing these natural dips to happen. I'm telling you, the argument is coming in the near future: Capitalism isn't working, we need something else. But the problem with that argument is we are not a capitalist country anymore. We continue to prop things up and not allow the system to clear out. What is so free about a government that takes over car companies, banks and health care? And controlling prices? And capping salaries? Is that free?

The paradigm is about to shift and the old think — the old fixes — won't work anymore. Everyone seems to know it, except for us here in America. China gets it. They know a massive transformation is about to happen and they are excited for it. The Obama administration knows it too. Radical progressives know it. This is their moment of opportunity and they too are excited.

The only way to survive this is to think out of the box.

While the Europe and the rest of the world crater, money will look for places to go. If we have low taxes, minimum regulation, maximum freedom, money from all over the world will leave the burning economies of the world and rush to the safe havens of America. We can get the best minds and the best capital and re-invent the world of tomorrow, if we are stable, with minimal government intrusion and economic incentives for people to come here.

But right now we are headed exactly the wrong way.

We've got to be the thinkers we once were: The innovators who perfected the assembly line and discovered vaccines. The kind of people who didn't throw their hands up in the air when the crew on Apollo 13 announced, "Houston, we have a problem." Those astronauts almost didn't make it back. They had to take things and use them in a way they weren't meant to be used, just to get them home. They made the impossible, possible.

That's who we are. But we have to roll up our sleeves, think out of the box and innovate our way out of this mess.

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We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

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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.

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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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