Glenn Beck: NY Times reports

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GLENN: Here's what the New York Times op ed piece says today: Mr. Beck goes to Washington.

PAT: This is pretty good actually.

GLENN: Entering this weekend, I was convinced that Glenn Beck's star was about to go into eclipse, just as Michael Moore, amid Democratic disarray, became the unlikely face of liberal opposition to George W. Bush, the mercurial, weepy, demagoguic Beck has spent the last 18 months filling the void left by the institutional collapse of the Republican Party. And just as Moore's influence diminished as the Democrats came roaring back, it seemed plausible that Beck would matter less and less as the midterms and then the 2012 elections reempowered actual Republican politicians. But after spending my Saturday at Beck's Restoring Honor rally on the Washington mall, I'm beginning to think I underestimated the man. The Fox News host had promised the rally billed as a celebration of American values that would be explicitly apolitical event, and so it came to pass, save for an occasional "Don't tread on me banner," the crowded mall was nearly free of political signs and T shirt slogans. And there was barely a whisper of the crusade against liberalism that assumes most of Beck's on air hours. Instead Beck served up something considerably stranger. This was a tent revival crossed with a pep rally, intertwined with a history lecture married to a USO telethon, and that was just the first hour. There was piety, endless piety after speaker after speaker demanded Americans rededicate themselves to God, blah, blah blah, blah blah.

So they go in and they're eating a little crow. One could call the rally a gross affront to the memory of Martin Luther King who presumably wouldn't have cared much more Beck's rightwing politics, and he would also call the day strange because it was an unlooked for fulfillment of King's prophecies. 47 years after the "I Have a Dream" speech, here were tens of thousands let's get this right hundreds of thousands of white conservatives roaring their approval of the author.

Do you get that? It wasn't just not racist. They were roaring their approval of Martin Luther King's message of I have a dream.

STU: Yeah, and certainly no knock on you here, Glenn, but the biggest applause of the day I thought was for Alveda King.

GLENN: Oh, yeah. She's a brave woman.

STU: So brave.

GLENN: She is a brave, brave woman. You'll see there's a picture here some place, I think, on in the what are these ones called? On stage, Restoring Honor on stage, Page 3. Let me look if it's on Page 3. There's a picture of Alveda and I praying. She went right before she went on. There it is. Yeah, it's on Page 2 of this. Right before she went on, she came over to me and she said, can we pray together? And I said, yes. And she was very nervous. She hugged me when I first got there and she said, oh, you are a smart man. She said, I didn't even think about wearing a vest. And I was wearing a bulletproof vest. And I said, I'm wearing this for my wife. And she said, do you have another one? And I said, we can get you one. And she stood there for a minute and she said, you know what? I trust in the Lord. I'm going to be okay. And I said, we can get you one. And she said, nope, I'm okay. And then we prayed before we went on. She was terrified.

PAT: Well, and here's a woman whose uncle and whose dad

GLENN: Died. Were killed.

PAT: Were both assassinated.

GLENN: Were killed. And I think she wasn't as terrified as being killed as she was, as I looked at the stage what the media has not reported were the 240 preachers, pastors, priests, rabbis, imams, you name it that were on the stage that represent a small, tiny, tiny fraction. We were running late. We didn't have time to play the messages from huge we have to play them on the Insider Extreme, or on the front page of the website. Huge people like Dobson and Robison and all these people that were greeting people at the rally. And as we finished, these 240 people surrounded me. I mean, it was really an amazing spiritual moment. And they just kept saying, thank you for doing this, thank you for you just keep going, we're praying for you. And I looked at them, each of them. Because they were all crying and I was crying and I just said, it's in your hands now. I pray for you. The gates of hell are going to be opened against most of these people. The gates of hell will be opened because we have opened the door to faith and dedicated that we're you know, while I may talk about politics, and I still am going to do what I always do, that is not the key. You, personally involved and turning your face to God, is the answer. And these people are going to start standing for those things in their churches, in their mosque, in their synagogues. They are going to start standing for those things and saying, all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And they are going to talk about individual liberties. They are going to talk about the religious liberty that is at stake right now. Well, once you do that, you've declared, you've declared war on darkness and evil. And if we thought it was bad before, I want you to know these guys are going to need your support, your help. They are going to stand they will feel they are going to stand alone. The Black Robe Brigade was introduced Friday night, part of it, and Saturday, and it is going to be a growing coalition.

Plus, I want to go over the challenge that I made. I cut one line out of the speech. I was going to end it with, we are 40 Days and 40 Nights away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America. I chose at the last minute to drop that line because I didn't want to make it about Barack Obama. And while that isn't, it is. And I chose not to do that. But it is true, and I have regretted now not putting that line in because I know at least that line of my speech would have been covered in the press. They would have said, it got political, et cetera, et cetera, but at least somebody would have said, "Well, what does he mean 40 Days and 40 Nights." No one is covering the challenge that I made the American people, and that was the message.

[NOTE: Transcript may have been edited to enhance readability - audio archive includes full segment as it was originally aired]

Critical race theory: The education trap

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The fall semester isn't far away. If you aren't prepared for that, someone else is. Predatory behavior. The most important takeaway from this piece is, whatever is happening on campuses right now is what is going to play out through the rest of society in about 30 years. We're seeing it right now with Critical Race Theory.

It started on the campus. It started in the classroom. And our children are set to be the next victims in the cultural warfare for a nightmare that seems like it will never end.

Colleges are manipulating the system.

It's a little ironic that colleges are overflowing with Marxist professors who preach the Gospel of Karl Marx in their classrooms, because academia in America is the perfect example of capitalist achievement. If anything, colleges are manipulating the system in a way that should make Marxists furious. And they hurt the people that Marxism is supposed to rescue.

Colleges are an enterprise. They are Big Business. It means nothing to them to send thousands of students into debt—not if it means the campus will get a new fountain or another office for the Diversity and Inclusion department.

They'll never admit it, but a big part of their problem is that they have put so much into the myth of progress. They can't even admit that it's a myth. Because it's useful to them.

Roger Scruton once said:

Hence the invocations of "progress", of "growth", of constant "advance" towards the goal which, however, must remain always somewhere in the future.

In reality, they don't give a damn about actual progress.

That's how they have turned academia into instruments of social engineering. They use college to change society.

Their purpose is no longer educational. It's social. They're using the classrooms to cause social change.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere were joined by Pat Gray to discuss "woke" Olympic athletes.

In this clip, the guys discussed how "bravely" some athletes are for threatening to protest the national anthem, for twerking on stage, and for showing off how woke they are.

Glenn reminded America of actual bravery at the Olympics when Jesse Owens won the gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. "He [Owens] was oppressed," Glenn said.

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Political commentator Bill O'Reilly joined the Glenn Beck radio program on Friday made an important prediction about President Joe Biden's chance of reelection in 2024.

O'Reilly told Glenn that former President Donald Trump was brought down because of COVID. "if COVID had not appeared, O'Reilly stated, "he [Trump] would have won reelection."

O'Reilly went on to predict that like Trump, President Joe Biden would lose reelection because of COVID. People saw a president who could not put out an intelligent fact-based message about COVID and people will remember that," he explained.

O'Reilly later added that "Trump and Biden are one-termers because of COVID."

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Critical race theory: Marxism is a religion

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Marx didn't actually tell his followers that the system needed to be destroyed. And it's not what Marx actually believed. Very few Marxists actually understand what Marx laid out.

Marxism isn't a list of demands and instructions. It's Marx's attempt to tell the future. Some of it he got right, most he got wrong. For example, he predicted the rise of automation.

Believe it or not, Marx was not an anti-capitalist. If anything, he revered it.

In a letter to Engels, he complained that too many people misunderstood his message, that his plan is to merge with capitalism. To make it new. He wanted to reify his brand of socialism, reify is a Marxist term, actually. It basically means to make an abstract idea concrete.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary. And he knew communism would never happen without the aid of capitalism.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary.

From there, he takes these ideas to some weird conclusions. Horrible conclusions. The main one being revolution.

What does the first phase of the Marxist revolution look like? How will we know if it has started? How can we tell if it's already begun? Marx's idea of the "dictatorship of the proletariat," where the working class would rise up in revolution and earn their freedom.

But what did Marx mean by freedom? Like so much of Marxism, it involves giving up your individuality, in service to the collective: "Only in community with others does each individual have the means of cultivating his gifts in all directions; only in the community, therefore, is personal freedom possible."

That's from his book The German Ideology, which he co-wrote with Friedrich Engels, the guy who paid all of his bills: "Free competition, which is based on the idea of individual freedom, simply amounts to the relation of capital to itself as another capital."

His idea here is that capital ruins any idea of freedom or individuality. And competition is what he uses as proof. In other words, Marx's definition of freedom has nothing to do with actual freedom, freedom as we know it.

He wrote, in Capital: "It is not individuals who are set free by free competition; it is, rather, capital which is set free."

He's saying that Capital manipulates our individual freedom and forces us to exploit ourselves. For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

Marxists have always argued that capitalism is a religion. That our debt to capital is no different than our debt to God. Critical Theorist Walter Benjamin wrote an entire book called Capitalism as Religion, and wrote that capitalism is "the first case of a cult that creates guilt, not atonement."

There were many strains of socialism before Marx. There were entire movements, named after socialist and anarchist philosophers. But Marx was the one who figured it out, with the help of a rotating cast of people paying for his sloth, of course.

Marx's influence on socialism was so profound that socialism was practically re-named in honor of Marx. Marx has been deified.

He created a utopian society. Very hypothetical. It requires a working class that is devoted to daily readings of The Communist Manifesto.

This assumes that people who work all day — at a real job, where they can't just sit on the couch all day as Marx did — even have the energy to read dense theory when they get home.

Marx made a religion.

This post is part of a series on critical race theory. Read the full series here.