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The Faculty Club


By Danny Tobey

By Danny Tobey

The Faculty Club is a book about values.  Sure, it’s a book about secret societies, Ivy League intrigue, and ancient riddles.  But those are really just symbols for something much more important: how our next generation of leaders comes of age.  And how they become the flawed adults they are.

I’m writing this because I saw Glenn on TV talking about how our political leaders have lost their way.  Right and left, Democratic and Republican, something vital is missing.  We all feel it.  And we want it back.

Jeremy Davis is the broken hero of The Faculty Club.  Like me, he’s a public school kid from Texas who worked hard and ended up at an Ivy League school.  And like me, he found himself surrounded by beautiful, fascinating people, nursing an inferiority complex and an overwhelming desire to make it. 

Jeremy loses his way.  Not because he’s a bad guy, but because he wants to succeed so badly that he stops caring what it takes to get there.

I learned about virtue at Harvard, one night that was supposed to be a scholarly event but almost became a riot.  My roommates and I went to hear a debate on affirmative action, the hot button issue of our day.  The speakers were famous professors, half liberal, half conservative.  We came late, of course, and found terrible seats in the back.  There was a mob-like line out the door, and the crowd was tense and wild, like a rock concert.  People were pushing to get in.  One girl tried to save a whole row and nearly caused a fistfight. 

Then came the announcement: the room was too small.  It was a fire hazard.  Harvard was moving the debate to a bigger auditorium.  People went crazy, shoving toward the door.  Of course, we were in the back, without hope, until my roommate saw people – Harvard students! – climbing the radiators up to the windows ten feet above us. 

Well, why not? 

From high above, perched on the ledge ready to jump, I saw shadows of students running across the field, already stampeding to the next building. 

I asked myself: Where on Earth was I?  I leapt and dropped ten feet, feeling something go thud under me as I landed.  It was a poor student, crushed by my fall!  I tried to beg forgiveness but the figure was already back up and sprinting across the field!  I saw a big moon above and wondered:

Had America’s best and brightest gone lunatic? 

Were we all just werewolves deep down, harboring a beast within? 

We got perfect seats in the next room.  We were proud.  Gloating!  What industry!  What dedication!  To leap from a window for knowledge!

And then they moved us again, to Sanders Theater, the biggest lecture hall on campus. 

By the time we got there, we were last again, sitting in the top balcony.  The famous professors looked like ants in the distance. 

How were we supposed to feel? We’d gone from embarrassed (back row late-arrivals in the first room) to proud (front-row industrious window-jumpers in the second) to defeated (upper upper balcony)?  And worse still, we found out later that some students were even smart enough to predict the future, skip the middle room, and head straight to Sanders!

What did I learn that night? 

For one thing, you can label just about any outcome fair or unfair depending on when you start the clock.  I’m no moral relativist.  I have an almost naïve sense of right and wrong.  But that night taught me to be very careful whenever I become too certain of my own rightness.

I also learned that inside the nation’s National Merit Finalists and Westinghouse Scholars, there is an angry mob just looking for the slightest excuse to come out.  Sure, the stakes were low that night.  But it was a great reminder.  Democracy is only as good as its citizens, and just as fragile.

And most important?  However crazy that night was, the real world was so much more complex.  And at the end of the day, all you could really know for sure was: win or lose, was I proud of the way I got there? 

Because the means don’t just get you to the ends.  They change the ends.  How you get there defines where you are and what it means.

The ghost that haunts The Faculty Club is Jeremy’s grandfather, a small town lawyer who made  a modest living and helped people.  While there are plenty of real ghosts in The Faculty Club, Jeremy’s grandfather is just a memory that tugs at his heart and guides his way.  To me, Jeremy’s grandfather is the Ghost of America Past: the generation that fought in World War II and put family and community above personal gain.  He’s based on my real grandfather, a Texas surgeon with a gentle manner and a twinkle in his eye.  When he died, I felt like I lost my connection to something stable and sacred in American history. 

It’s something my generation can save in the way we raise our own kids.

Because, at the end of the day, that’s what The Faculty Club is about.  What is a secret society but a way for people to pass on their values and ideas to the next generation?  And Jeremy has to ask himself: is this what I want to become?  And do I have the courage to say no – even if it means giving up everything I’ve ever dreamed of?

I won’t spoil Jeremy’s answer.  And I’ll keep working on my own.

Apparel company The North Face recently stated that it would no longer make jackets for oil and gas companies because it doesn't want to be associated with the fossil fuel industry. In response, Colorado-based oil and gas company Liberty Oilfield Services rented full billboard ads to remind The North Face of the truth: "Globally, 60% of all clothing fibers are made out of oil and gas. For North Face, it is likely 90% or more."

Liberty CEO Chris Wright joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss just how much of our economy — beyond outdoor apparel and energy — wouldn't exist in a world without fossil fuels. And he warns that many companies are now deeming this truth to be "controversial."

"I have been for years, trying to get a real, honest dialogue about energy going," Chris told Glenn. "So we took this opportunity to point out that North Face jackets are ... almost completely made out of oil and gas. How can you choose not to associate with the essential material your equipment [is] made out of? So we put a billboard up ... the billboard says, 'That North Face puffer looks good on you. And it was made from fossil fuels.'"

"Most billboard companies did not want to run that billboard. They thought it was controversial," he added. "And Facebook put a hold on our brief video just saying the jacket looks good, this is what it's made out of. In today's world, that is controversial."

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During a lecture at the Yale School of Medicine's Child Study Center, a New York City-based psychiatrist told students and faculty that she fantasizes about "unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way," among several other shockingly race-hating statements.

In April, Dr. Aruna Khilanani — a New York-based forensic psychiatrist and psychoanalyst — delivered the talk called "The Psychopathic Problem of the White Mind" virtually as part of the Yale School of Medicine's "Child Study Center Grand Rounds," a lecture program for "trainees in child psychiatry, psychology, and social work, faculty, clinicians, and scientists."

On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck shared several quotes from an audio recording of the lecture provided by Bari Weiss, a former opinion writer and editor for the New York Times.

Here are a few of Khilanani's statements from the audio:

  • "This is the cost of talking to white people at all. The cost of your own life, as they suck you dry. There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil."
  • "I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body, and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step. Like I did the world a f***ing favor."
  • "White people are out of their minds. And they have been for a long time."
  • "White people feel that we are bullying them when we bring up race. They feel that we should be thanking them for all that they have done for us. They are confused, and so are we. We keep forgetting that directly talking about race is a waste of our breath."
  • "We are asking a demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility. It ain't gonna happen. They have five holes in their brain. It's like banging your head against a brick wall. It's just like sort of not a good idea."

"We must take a stand. We must speak out, because this is evil," Glenn said in response to Khilanani's shocking lecture. "I don't care who you voted for, you know this is evil."

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The prices of our houses and food are already rising fast, but they will skyrocket to record highs if we don't fix the problem soon. So what's causing the inflation?

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck said he doesn't believe it's the fault of our loggers, farmers, or truckers — many of them are really struggling. But the big corporations that control these industries are making record profits, all while the Biden administration is making some very odd decisions that could make the crises even worse.

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The crisis at the border continues to worsen, with the U.S. Border Patrol recently releasing some shocking statistics that illuminate just how bad the situation has become. But Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) is doing everything he can to prevent any additional unlawful crossings into the Lone Star State.

Abbott joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to describe recent action he has taken to ensure that those who do cross into Texas illegally know they came to the "wrong state."

After noting that both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris "have completely abandoned post as it concerns the Texas border," Abbott explained how "Texas is stepping up" to combat the flood of dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers and drugs he says are pouring into border communities.

"Beginning in March, I deployed a thousand Texas Department of Public Safety officers to the border. I deployed the National Guard to the border. And they made well over a thousand arrests of some of these criminals we talked about. They've apprehended more than 33,000 illegal immigrants coming across the border." Abbott said. "But because of the way the Biden administration has abandoned the border, we are now elevating our game. What I did yesterday, in response to more than a dozen counties along the border ... I granted their request for a disaster declaration," he added.

Abbott went on to describe how his disaster declaration gives Texas the authority to toughen penalties for lawbreakers, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking.

"We're going to begin arresting everybody coming across the border and charging them with criminal trespass and putting them in jail. They are coming in here, thinking they'll get the Biden free-ride, and go wherever they want to go. Not in the state of Texas. We'll start arresting them right and left, and putting them behind bars, and saying they came in to the wrong state."

Asked by Glenn if he is prepared for the inevitable "media onslaught", Abbott simply answered, "We're prepared to see a reduction in the number of people coming across the border — because Texas is enforcing the law, period."

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