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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.

Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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