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GLENN: Just want to continue just for a minute on this Rome analogy of
America, and you'll find it in the beginning of the
book Broke. But we looked,
we studied because, you know, the question is how did we get here and where are
we headed? And so the book starts with ancient Rome and talks about what did our
founders learn from the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, written by Edward
Gibbon, and you heard the bread and circuses, feed the people, distract them and
maybe you won maybe they won't realize what you've done to them. The ancient
Rome ploy is that when things are starting to fall apart, you distract the
people for a long time. Now, by 31 BC, Octavian was coming into power and he
knew that major changes had to be made in the Roman Empire. But the people still
worshipped the republic. This is before they were an empire. They worshipped the
republic. They liked freedom. They liked who they were and they didn't want to
lose that, and Octavian knew it.
You know, comparing Barack Obama to anybody always gets you in trouble, but
looking for the right Roman emperor might be the thing to look for, and he may
be Octavian. At least in this regard.
In 31 BC, they knew that the people loved the republic, which I don't think
Barack Obama knows that, but changes had to be made. And so Octavian's solution
was to give the people both what they wanted and what he thought they needed. So
instead of abolishing things like the republic or the Senate, he continued them.
They were still elected by the people. Assemblies still gathered. The Senate
still oversaw some of the provinces and advised Octavian, but it wasn't the
same. It was no longer a republic. And so they left the facade of the republic
there, and Octavian camouflaged his absolute power. Then he took over the
control of the armed forces and made resistance futile.
Now, here is the real beginnings. Listen to this. Things were falling apart.
Entertain the people. Give them stuff. And if you can concentrate on the stuff
for a while, they will forget what freedom really meant. Then while you're doing
that, then you camouflage your moves as emergencies and you camouflage your
moves also as freedom, under the guise of the republic, under the guise of the
Senate. But you just push it through. You maintain the illusion of the republic
and then you make resistance futile.
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One textbook writes about Octavian: In keeping with his policy of maintaining
the appearance of traditional Republican government, Octavian refused, refused
to be called the king or even dictator like Caesar. Instead he was just the
first citizen. This is what Tocqueville wrote in 1840: Thus having each citizen
in turn taking them and putting them into powerful grasp and shaping them to his
will. The government then extends its embrace to include the whole of society.
It covers the whole of social life with a network of petty complicated rules
that are both minute and uniform. Isn't that what we're doing? You knew have to
file forms. If you want to sell something over $600, isn't that what we're doing
now? How many how much more paperwork are we going to have to do? What is that?
We keep asking ourselves why would you do that? Well, Tocqueville wrote about
it. It covers the whole of social life with a network of petty complicated rules
that are both minute and uniform. Though even though each men or wait, wait,
wait. Through which even men of the greatest originality and the most vigorous
temperament cannot force their heads above the crowd. So what's that doing?
That's forcing everybody to be the same because even people who are in there and
they are fighters and they are, "I'm going to do it" and they're dreamers, they
just can't make it. They can't do it anymore. They give up. It does not break a
man's will, but it softens. It bends. It guides. It seldom enjoins. But it often
inhibits action. It does not destroy anything, but it prevents much from being
born. It is not tyrannical. It just hinders, restrains, stifles. If I may, it
nudges. That's all it does is nudge. Tocqueville said it nudges people into a
flock of timid and hardworking animals with the government as its shepherd.
We are going to I urge you to look at the book Broke. I keep picking this thing
up. I'll be at night and I'll pick it up and I'll just open it up to a different
section and I'll reread it and, oh, my gosh, this is it. This is what's
happening. I urge you to pick it up. Or if you I don't even know. Well, you can
go to the movie theatres. I don't know if the thing is sold out. Can I get a
ticket count on the thing in Pittsburgh, the live Broke show in Pittsburgh? I'm
doing one night on December
GLENN: 2nd. So is that next week?
PAT: I think it is.
GLENN: Yeah, next week I'm going to do something in Pittsburgh at the
Theater which is a great, great theater. And tickets I guess are still
available. It's almost sold out. And tickets also will be available in
theatres nationwide. And I'm going to show you the country as compared to a '65
Chevy I mean '65 Mustang.
STU: I don't what are you doing with the show? I don't think I understand it.
GLENN: What do you mean?
STU: Like what are you going to be doing in it? Like you are saying you've got
the I mean, it's the Mustang. You are saying that
GLENN: The Mustang is look
STU: Analogy again?
1965 Mustang - It's Unbelievable!
GLENN: Here's what we have to decide. Do we want a classic car? Do we want a '65
Mustang? I picked the Mustang because it's a car I've always wanted. I've always
wanted a '65 Mustang and a '62 Continental with suicide doors, convertible. Love
GLENN: Love that. But the Mustang is the greatest American car, I think,
greatest American car built.
PAT: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette, Stingray.
GLENN: Oh, Stingrays? Ick. Really?
GLENN: You're a Stingray guy? Oh, I lost so much respect for you.
PAT: What? Why is that so much worse than a Mustang?
GLENN: A '67 Stingray Corvette? Really? That's your dream car?
PAT: That's cool, yeah. Now, that's
Unrelated: Since we couldn't find a 1967 Corvette commercial, here's one
GLENN: That's your dream car?
PAT: That's a car.
GLENN: All right. So '65 Mustang. Pay no attention to Pat. That is not the car
you're looking for.
GLENN: '65 Mustang I think is just, just, it epitomizes, I don't know, just that
free spirit and that Mustang, in the horse and in the car. And what we've done
is we have, over the years, tried to make it into a family car and we've tried
to make it into a station wagon and then we've decided it was going to be public
transportation and then we've put some other things on it, maybe a solar panel
on the back to make sure that it's that's not what it is. That's not what it is.
And that's we've done this to the entire country. We have to decide, do you want
freedom? Do you understand that it's a Mustang? If not, if you don't want a
Mustang anymore, then sell the damn Mustang. But let's stop taking it and
bastardizing it and then blaming it on the Mustang: Well, that's just a crappy
car. No, no, no. No, that was one of the best cars made. That is just a great
car. But you have to understand what it is. It's not a hybrid. You want a
hybrid? Sell the damn car. Recognize it for what it is. That is a great car. And
maybe it was a great car for 1965 and it's not one today. But somebody
appreciates it. I do. So we either recognize it and sell it and then we start
all over again and we get whatever it is we want, a little, you know, we'll be
Yugo, or we restore it. That thing restored, who doesn't want a 1965 Mustang
besides Pat? Fully restored? Who? As long as you understand that's what it is.
It's not a Ferrari and it's not a Smart car. It's a '65 Mustang.
PAT: Of course, there's a 1973 AMC Gremlin, too. That's a car. That's a car.
GLENN: That's what we're building.
PAT: It really is.
GLENN: That's what we're building.
PAT: Really is.
GLENN: We're building the Gremlin.
PAT: Yeah. We tried to turn the Mustang into the Gremlin.
GLENN: Into the Gremlin, and the bus.
PAT: Which everybody knows does not work. Never did. Never will.
GLENN: Never will. So that's what do you understand?
STU: Yeah. Oh, yeah.
GLENN: So I have a mechanic on stage. We have a Mustang that is not running and
we're going to take the parts out and I'm going to show you what the parts are,
you know, what they're akin to in real life, in our government. What did we do
to this thing? What did we do? Now, we can either, we can ditch it or we can fix
it. And once we understand what all the parts are, then we have to go back and
look for the original parts, put it back together. When we put it back together,
that thing hopefully, by the end of the show, will start up and it will be
STU: You're not going to be, you know, touching the car parts or
GLENN: Well, I'll be touching them but I won't be fixing them, no.
STU: Because if you have anything to do with it, the car will likely explode and
set the entire thing on fire.
GLENN: It's very dicey. It's very dicey. We kind of went down this road and
everybody said, "You don't know how to fix a car." And actually it started
before that. They said, "Okay, well, what parts, you know, what parts are what?"
And I said, oh, I don't know anything about an engine.
GLENN: And Rich looked at me and said, excuse me? And I said, "No, I don't know
anything about engines." Just find out, you know, like what part would be like
the Fed. And he said, oh, we'll just ask a mechanic that, you dope!
STU: (Laughing). How dare he assume you had knowledge of what you were doing
before you did it! What a jerk! I hate that guy!
GLENN: I just assumed everybody would understand that I don't know what the hell
I'm doing with a car. I mean, did you see the photo shoot? I was in a movie oh,
by the way, have you seen have you brought the kids to Megamind?
PAT: No, not yet.
GLENN: It's really good.
PAT: Is it? It looks pretty good.
GLENN: It's really, really good. I really liked it. But anyway, so I'm sitting
there and my face comes up on the screen and my little kids are like, oh, Dad,
we're so sick of you. And we went out and we, you know, we shot this in a garage
and you know, I never used a blowtorch before and neither has anybody really on
my team, we were in this and the guy, the guy who was running this garage, he
just looks at us like, you people, you are not even men. Get out of my garage,
you know. And then George Lange who's a little flamboyant is like, this is just
so picturesque! And I'm like, no, no. George, shhh, no, it's a garage. They are
going to kill you with a wrench.