Glenn Beck: America and the Roman Empire



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GLENN: I just talked to Kevin Balfe, the co author of Broke. He just came in. He runs the publishing part of my company and I was just telling him last night, I picked up Broke, 1:00, 2:00 in the morning and I picked up Broke and I was reading it again. I was looking for specific things in it. It is a great, great textbook. I was looking for historic parallels and I was looking for parallels and I re-read the part on Rome. This is in the beginning, the opening pages. How did we get here? That's the first section, how did we get here? It talks about Rome and what they did is pushed for intellectual mediocrity, quoting Gibins from The Rise and the Fall of the Roman Empire,  "the minds of men were gradually reduced to the same level. The fire of genius was extinguished." So what happened was they didn't cherish learning anymore. See if you see the parallels here. Quoting Broke, "a society that seeks to equalize the minds of men doesn't cherish real learning. Education becomes the right of the few. The elite, in Rome's case, the priests. In our case, the Ivy League." Don't tell me that the modern day priests aren't those in academia. They are. You're too stupid to understand it. You don't know. You have to come to us for the answers. The masses must accept their interpretation. Well, isn't that what happened with the Tea Party. You people are too stupid. You don't understand. The academics, the elites in both politics, in banking and in the Ivy League, you must accept their interpretation. Likewise, a society that seeks to equalize incentives for work doesn't cherish individualism. In Rome, heavy taxes, some of which were paid not just in money but in food, goods or livestock, ate away at the incentive to work hard. By the time of the emperor Diocletian he forced male children to adopt the profession of their father. By that time, all motivation, drive and individual initiative had vanished.

I am going to be introducing something, several things next year, but I named one of them last night. Remember this term "E4." It is our way out. We must empower ourselves. We must rekindle entrepreneurialship. We must concentrate on education ourselves. Don't talk to me about the ivy league schools. Don't talk to me about college. Ourselves, you must concentrate on education yourself, and we must be enlightened. We have to restore these things. Over time, that inevitability results in the tempered spirit that Tocqueville wrote about which leads to fewer risk taking entrepreneurs, lower economic growth, fewer jobs and generally speaking, a society that is forced to fund itself via debt rather than productivity. The number of Romans reserving pay was so much larger than the of those paying taxes and because of the enormous size of the assessments, the result, as one historian put it, the multiplication of unproductive services, such as, the administrative bureaucracy and heavy military spending. It combined to place an intolerable strain on the producers of primary commodities. All of these things are happening. As the size and strength of the Roman government grew, personal ambition withered and a decline of civic vitality quickly ensued. People were accustom to sending huge churches of their pay to the government and seeing nothing in return.

It goes on in Broke to talk about what the teachable moments are there. What we have to do and what are the parallels here. The great news is that last night, and I hope that you get this lesson and I hope your neighbors get this lesson. Everyone in the Tea Party, everyone that two years ago called this program or could relate to, I'm alone. It's just me. This is overwhelming. We can't conquer this. Remember this moment. This was just a small step in your education and in my education that you do make a difference. One man can change the world. That it doesn't matter how far behind you are if you apply yourself and you use principles, it doesn't even matter how corrupt the other side is, the other side will destroy itself. Don't worry about the other side. Stand for something. This is the problem with all of these political ads that were happening. What do those political ads do? They suppress the vote. Why? Because most people say I don't want to be a part of that they all suck. They all are awful. Did you know that Ron Brown is molesting your children right now? Really? They're on the couch next to me. No, Ron Brown is there, too. Call Ron Brown's office and tell them stop molesting my children. By the time you get to the election you're like I don't really care. They all suck. We must be different. And I mean really, really mean it. No matter what arrows they throw at you and this is very hard. I haven't been able to do this yet. No matter what arrows they throw at you, stay on message. And the message is I can do it. I do make a difference. I am worthy. I am capable. I am an American. I am a Constitutionalist. I am a parent of a child that will have a brighter future than the one I see today.

You stay on that message and you continue to connect with people that are of like minded and you strengthen those beliefs. You will turn around and look at last night in the coming months and years and say, we thought that was a big deal. We thought that was a big deal. It was just the first step. Look what we have accomplished now. Look what has happened. Teddy Roosevelt started the Progressive party. It was called the Bull Moose party. He thought that there should be a third party. He thought that mainly because the Republicans didn't want to run it because he went all progressive. So he decided he was going to run as a third party. Well, he lost, and so the Bull Moose party, the Progressive party, went away, and instead, they went inside and the first place they went inside was with Woodrow Wilson. After that, it was infecting both parties. It's time for the Tea Party, at least on Capitol Hill, to become the constitutional caucus because I don't know what the Tea Party stands for, but I do know what the constitution stands for. When I say what the Tea Party stands for, I do, but the average person doesn't and after two years of Tea Party bagging or whatever, study the constitution on Capitol Hill. Surround yourself with like minded people on the constitution. Let the Tea Party do exactly what it's done and that is, go inside. I haven't been a big go inside guy. I really I think I have been on this program a couple of times saying whatever. I'm not a party guy. I'm not a political strategist. I can just tell you history repeated itself last night. You went inside and you grabbed it the right way through primaries. Now learn from the progressives because that's what you are doing. You are reverse engineering the progressive movement. You are going in and you are instead planting the seeds of the constitution. You are instead repairing the constitution and repairing our history piece by piece and that's what they did. Took them 100 years. We don't have 100 years, but we have to be strategic and we have to get inside both parties. The constitution should be a no brainer for both parties but it ain't. Let's make it so.

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."

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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.

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The conditions in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule — for Americans, allies, Christians, women and more — continue to deteriorate, and the people there continue to plead that we will not forget them. On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck gave an emotional update on current evacuation efforts, including the tragic story of one girl — an American passport holder — who was not rescued in time.

"I have a pit in my stomach like I haven't had in a while. What is happening in Afghanistan is both miraculous and horrendous," Glenn began. "What's going on right now one of the most amazing things I've ever personally witnessed — the evacuation of Americans, those [Afghans] who helped us, Christians that are dying, women that are under incredible conditions. I see things that I can't show you. I see the pleadings from people who are in safe houses, 'Please, don't forget us.' I see what they're being sent by the Taliban.

"If I die today, my entire life will have been worth it for what you have helped get done, in just the last three weeks. You have saved well over 5,000 people," he continued.

Fighting back tears, Glenn added, "I ask that you pray for those in the Middle East, that are in the midst of doing work, that a Moses-style miracle will happen. ... There are several people that are in dire need of medical care. Friday, we told you — along with the congressman from Oklahoma [Rep. Markwayne Mullin] who had just returned — [about] a father and two daughters that were blue passport Americans, and a mother who had a permanent residence, a Green Card. The daughter was very ill. And they thought, that if we couldn't get her out of there, that she would lose her legs. I got a call on Saturday morning, that we were too late, that she didn't lose her legs. She lost her life, waiting. There are now two Americans, instead of three."

Glenn showered his audience with gratitude, repeating that "well over 5000" lives have already been saved because of their incredible generosity, but lamented that there are still thousands more people yet to be saved.

Watch the video clip below to hear more updates from Glenn:

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To donate to these rescue efforts, visit NazareneFund.org or MercuryOne.org.

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