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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Shortly after appearing on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" last Thursday, Los Angeles-based emergency medicine specialist Dr. Simone Gold got a call saying she was fired for speaking out about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in a now-banned viral video.

Dr. Gold returned to the radio program Monday to detail exactly what happened, the reason the hospitals gave for her firing, and how they threatened to fire her colleagues as well if she "didn't go quietly."

"Most emergency physicians work at more than one [hospital], as I do, and I've actually been fired from both," she told Glenn. "They told me that I appeared in an embarrassing video, and therefore, I would no longer be welcome to work there ... then they said, if I didn't go quietly and I made a fuss, they would have all the doctors in the group, you know, they'd have to go and they'll get a whole new doctor group."

Dr. Gold said she does not regret speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during the controversial "White Coat Summit" news conference held in Washington, D.C., last week. A video of the news conference quickly went viral on social media before being removed by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others for allegedly making false claims related to COVID-19.

"Bring it on," she said. "I want to continue to live in America. I want my children to continue to live in America. I don't want them to grow up in a place like China. When you get to a point where, not only can I not speak as a scientist, as a doctor, for what I know to be absolutely true, but you then want to cancel me and my colleagues, this is not okay. I would much rather fight than not fight ... and I want everybody to know that there are literally millions and millions of Americans who are on our side. Millions. I believe it's the majority."

Glenn then asked Dr. Gold to weigh in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new guidelines encouraging schools to reopen in the fall and the left's relentless drive to keep them closed.

"There's no actual scientific debate whatsoever if schools should open. None. There's no scientific debate. There's no serious person who thinks schools shouldn't open. Now, [through] some governors and policy makers, there's pressure being brought to bear on school districts, but there's no actual scientific debate. So it's going to come down to parents pressuring their local school districts to act in a responsible fashion."

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Fox News host Greg Gutfeld joined Glenn on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to talk about his new book, "The Plus: Self-Help for People Who Hate Self-Help."

Greg admits he is probably the last person who should write a self-help book. Nevertheless, he offers his offbeat advice on how to save America during what has become one of the most tumultuous times in history, as well as drinking while tweeting (spoiler: don't do it).

He also shares his "evolution" on President Donald Trump, his prediction for the election, and what it means to be an agnostic-atheist.

In this clip, Greg shares what he calls his "first great epiphany" on how dangerous cancel culture has become.

"I believe that cancel culture is the first successful work-around of the First Amendment," he said. "Because freedom of speech doesn't protect me from my career being ruined, my livelihood being destroyed, or me getting so depressed I commit suicide. Cancel culture is the first successful work-around of freedom of speech. It can oppress your speech with the scepter of destruction. We don't have freedom of speech anymore."

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Dr. Simone Gold joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to set the record straight about hydroxychloroquine -- what it is, how it works, and the real reason for all the current controversy surrounding a centuries-old medication.

Dr. Gold is a board certified emergency physician. She graduated from Chicago Medical School before attending Stanford University Law School. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, and worked in Washington D.C. for the Surgeon General, as well for the chairman of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. She works as an emergency physician on the front lines, whether or not there is a pandemic, and her clinical work serves all Americans from urban inner city to suburban and the Native American population. Her legal practice focuses on policy issues relating to law and medicine.

She is also the founder of America's frontline doctors, a group of doctors who have been under attack this week for speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during a news conference held outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

On the program, Dr. Gold emphasized that the controversy over hydroxychloroquine is a "complete myth."

"Hydroxychloroquine is an analogue or a derivative of quinine, which is found in tree bark. It's the most noncontroversial of medications that there is," she explained.

"It's been around for centuries and it's been FDA-approved in the modern version, called hydroxychloroquine, for 65 years. In all of that time, [doctors] used it for breast-feeding women, pregnant women, elderly, children, and immune compromised. The typical use is for years or even decades because we give it mostly to RA, rheumatoid arthritis patients and lupus patients who need to be on it, essentially, all of their life. So, we have extensive experience with it ... it's one of the most commonly used medications throughout the world."

Dr. Gold told Glenn she was surprised when the media suddenly "vomited all over hydroxychloroquine", but initially chalked it up to the left's predictable hatred for anything President Donald Trump endorses. However, when the media gave the drug Remdesivir glowing reviews, despite disappointing clinical trial results, she decided to do some research.

"[Remdesivir] certainly wasn't a fabulous drug, but the media coverage was all about how fabulous it was. At that moment, I thought that was really weird. Because it's one thing to hate hydroxychloroquine because the president [endorsed] it. But it's another thing to give a free pass to another medicine that doesn't seem that great. I thought that was really weird, so I started looking into it. And let me tell you, what I discovered was absolutely shocking," she said.

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According to the mainstream media's COVID-19 narrative, the president is "ignoring" the crisis.

On tonight's "Glenn TV" special, Glenn Beck exposes the media's last four months of political theater that has helped shape America's confusion and fear over coronavirus. And now, with a new school year looming on the horizon, the ongoing hysteria has enormous ramifications for our children, but the media is working overtime to paint the Trump administration as anti-science Neanderthals who want to send children and teachers off to die by reopening schools.

Glenn fights back with the facts and interviews the medical doctor Big Tech fears the most. Dr. Simone Gold, founder of America's Frontline Doctors, stands up to the media's smear campaign and explains why she could no longer stay silent in her fight against coronavirus fear.

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