A Tsunami or a Ripple?

By Larry Schweikart



Larry Schweikart is the author of Seven Events that Made America America and producer of the new documentary film, “Rockin’ the Wall

It’s all too common to hear the results of the election, two weeks ago, referred to as an “earthquake” or a “tsunami.” In reality, it may prove to be only a ripple of the coming sea change in American politics that the ruling classes appear impervious to. American history shows that the people of this great land will suffer indignities and even outright evil in their midst for a long time before they act—was this not what Thomas Jefferson said in the Declaration? But at some point, they demand injustice be addressed, whether it was slavery in the 1800s, or the inferior position of women in the 1900s. Today’s elephant in the room, just as the elephant in the room in the 1800s was slavery, cannot and will not be ignored, and any political two-steps, cha-chas, or tangos that seek to avoid dealing with it will experience the same electoral results that we saw last week.

And the elephant in the room? Debt. For the first time in my many years as a historical political analyst, I sense that the American people are not just uncomfortable with the federal debt and the sorry state of government finances in general—federal, state, and local—but that they are terrified and angry at the same time. And well they should be. Estimates of unfunded obligations (Social Security, Medicare, and so on) can be whatever a statistician wants to make them, but there is general agreement that they amount to over $60 trillion, and combined with the current “acknowledged” U.S. debt, may be as high as $90 trillion. Such numbers are simply unfathomable to most Americans. But while they don’t “get” the dollar figures, they do “get” that unless this is turned around, and quickly, in 30 years today’s kids will have a lifestyle akin to a modern-day Peruvian or an 18th century Frenchman. Believe me, you do not want that standard of living in either case.


Historically, gold and other commodities has been the canary in the coal mine. When gold begins to spike, watch out, because inflation is on its way. Gold went over $1400 an ounce today, and more ominous, the president of the World Bank suggested maybe it is time that the world return to a gold standard. Why is this ominous? Because it means that even he has admitted that the developed nations cannot control their own finances, and that an outside arbiter—gold—be used to do so. Unfortunately, the gold standard is only as good as those who are willing to make it just that, a standard. In the 1920s, gold flowed out of England and European countries and into the United States. The U.S., in turn, was to allow prices to rise and to print an equivalent ratio of paper money so that American products would soon be more expensive than British or Dutch products, and therefore those economies would recover. We would experience a slight rise in unemployment, their unemployment would fall.

As Milton Friedman has shown in his classic work, A Monetary History of the United States, the Federal Reserve sat on the gold. Meanwhile, other nations—one at a time—jumped off the gold standard. Imagine a large cement block in which 20 people are holding it up: everyone is safe as long as everyone stands his ground, but if one, then another, start running, the last one under the block is, to quote Mr. Miagi from “Karate Kid,” “squished like grape.” And so was the U.S. in the late 1920s: gold flowed out, and the Great Depression set in. The point is not that a gold standard (or a platinum standard, or any other standard) is good or bad: the point is that any standard is only good if governments are honest and accountable. The comments of the World Bank president suggest that he thinks no government in the world is either honest or accountable. One thing is for certain. Last week, Americans demanded, if not an honest government, at least one that was accountable. They screamed “STOP.” We’ll see who is listening.

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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