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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.

In a shocking but underreported conversation ahead of the G7 Speakers' meeting in London last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted that the administration knows China is committing "genocide" against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, but thinks working with the regime on climate change is more important.

On the radio program, an outraged Glenn Beck dissected Pelosi's speech and broke down how — along with the Biden administration's abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan, and the Democrat decision to follow measures of medical "equity" — the far left is revealing how little they really care about human life.

Glenn played a video clip of Pelosi making the following statement:

We've always felt connected to China, but with their military aggression in the South China Sea, with their continuation of genocide with the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province there, with their violation of the cultural, linguistic, religious priority of Tibet, with their suppression of democracy in Hong Kong and other parts of China, as well – they're just getting worse in terms of suppression, and freedom of speech. So, human rights, security, economically [sic].

Having said all of that ... we have to work together on climate. Climate is an overriding issue and China is the leading emitter in the world, the U.S. too and developed world too, but we must work together.

"We have Nancy Pelosi admitting the United States of America knows that they're not only committing [genocide], they're continuing to commit it. Which means, we've known for a while," Glenn noted. "And what does she say? She goes on to say, yes, they're committing genocide against the Uyghurs, but having said that, I'm quoting, 'the overriding issue,' is working together on climate change.

"Would we have worked with Hitler on climate change? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the bomb? Would we have worked with Hitler on developing the Autobahn? Would we have worked with Hitler on his socialized medicine? Would we have worked with Hitler on any of his national, socialist ideas?" he asked.

"The answer is no. No. When you're committing genocide, no! She said 'we have to work together on climate,' because climate is the 'overriding issue.' The overriding issue? There is no way to describe this mindset. That, yes, they are killing an entire group of people because of their ethnicity or religion. They are systematically rounding them up, using them for slave labor, and killing them, using their organs and selling them on the open market. They are nothing more than cattle. For us to recognize it and do nothing about it is bad enough. But to say, 'we recognize it, but we have bigger things to talk to them about,' is a horror show."

Glenn went on to urge Americans to "stand up together in love, peace, and harmony," or risk watching our nation become the worst plague on human life yet.

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The fall of Lehman Brothers in 2008 marked the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history and economic collapse was felt throughout the world. But now China's own version of Lehman Brothers, Evergrande, is teetering closer and closer to that edge, too. On the radio program Thursday, Glenn Beck gave the latest update and predicted how it will affect Asian markets and what it could mean for America's economy.

Glenn explained why he believes a major collapse that is happening now in China will have a cascading effect into a "controlled collapse," a managed decline that will dramatically change America's economy and the way we all live.

"You will not recognize your lifestyle. Hear me," Glenn warned. "And that's not a right-left thing. That's a right-wrong thing. We're on the wrong track. I'm telling you now, there's new information and you are not going to recognize the American lifestyle. ... It could happen tomorrow. It could happen in five years from now, but it will happen. We are headed for a very different country. One where you don't have the rights that you have. And you certainly don't have the economic privileges that Americans are used to."

"The same thing that happened in 2008 is now happening in China," Glenn continued. "This time, it's going to take everything down. When it collapses, it will take everything down."

Watch the video below to hear Glenn break down the details:

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Justin Haskins, editorial director of the Heartland Institute, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to expose a shocking conversation between two Great Reset proponents — Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank (Europe's equivalent to the Fed).

The way Schwab and Lagarde discuss the role central banks should play in establishing societal norms, determining your way of life, and defending against potential crisis is proof that the Great Reset is upon us, Justin explained. And the scariest part is that they're not even trying to hide it. The entire, unbelievable conversation has been published on the WEF website, which you can read here.

Glenn read an excerpt from the conversation:

Christine Lagarde: At the ECB, we have now wrapped up and concluded our strategy review, which was the first one in 17 years. And I was blessed to have an entire Governing Council unanimously agree that the fight against climate change should be one of the considerations that we take when we determine monetary policy. So at least the European Central Bank is of the view that climate change is an important component in order to decide on monetary policy. ...

Can we arrive at that trade-off between fighting climate change, preserving biodiversity and yet securing enough growth to respond to legitimate demands of the population? And my first answer, Klaus, to be firm, is that to have a way of life, we need life. And in the medium term, we do have major threats on the horizon that could cause the death of hundreds of thousands of people. So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. ...

So we have to think life, first. We have to think way of life, second. How can we come together to make sure that we secure the first priority, which is life, and also protect the way of life that people have? And make sure that the cost of it is not so high for some people, that they just cannot tolerate it. I think that the trade-off that we reach will probably require some redistribution, because it is clear that the most exposed people, the less privileged people are those that are going to need some help.

"Do you understand, America, what that means?" Glenn exclaimed. "You have elites, that you never elected, that are having these meetings ... deciding what is a legitimate need for you. And telling you that your needs are going to go away in your lifetime. You may not see a time where you get wants again. Just your needs are going to be addressed. Am I reading this wrong?"

"This is absolutely what is being said here," Justin agreed. "She's very clear that we need to make sure that way of life is second to life. We have to save all these people, hundreds of thousands of people are going to die from this supposedly existential threat of climate change. And their wants, and their desires, and their quality of living, all of that has to come second."

"This is a central bank saying this. This is not an elected official, who is accountable directly to the people. This is a central bank saying, we're going to print money. We're going to use monetary policy, to impose these ideas, to rework society in order to accomplish our goals," Justin added, addressing Lagarde's call for "some redistribution."

Will Great Reset elites — not elected by the U.S. — soon be dictating to the rest of the world? Watch the video clip below to hear Glenn and Justin break it down:

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First comes the "crisis," then comes the expansion. The federal government is seizing on the January 6 Capitol riot to take carte blanche to do whatever it wants and weaponize the event to further empower the new overlords of our country — the intelligence community.

On Glenn TV Wednesday, Glenn Beck reveals what's happening with the U.S. Capitol Police and argues they've morphed into a new arm of the intelligence apparatus, boosted by a massive increase in funding and surveillance equipment and new offices OUTSIDE the Capitol building. The Biden administration has also hidden basic details regarding January 6. Why did officials refuse to release the name of the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt? Where are the 14,000-plus hours of CCTV footage? As any intelligence organization knows, it's best to operate outside the realms of oversight.

Glenn exposes the hidden hand of government that could be used to punish and destroy innocent Americans who are only guilty of holding the "wrong" political view.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below:

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