Prince to Poverty


The sultan, the prince and the missing $14bn of government oil wealth

GLENN: All right. Well, let me tell you a sad story that the liberals will like because it involves tragedy. It involves somebody struggling in today's economy. His name is Jefri. Poor little Jefri. He's a brother. Brother was successful. Jefri had to make it out on his own. He had a paltry salary and now he can't make it. He's the younger brother of the sultan of Brunei. Now, the sultan, of course, been ruling the country since the 1960s. Using money from the prince, the brother, bought a few houses around the world. He had -- what, you don't have a couple of cars? Okay, he had 1700 exotic sports cars and luxury cars. He had a 180-foot yacht which he named after a woman's -- well, it starts with a T, ends in "Its." That's just the name of the boat. That's just what's on the 180-foot yacht, it's got that on the back, okay? Just that. And his two utility boats that, you know, they can put down on the water and they can zip around and take you in to shore and stuff named Nipple 1 and Nipple 2. So this guy is very, very classy. He currently has three wives and 18 kids. So he's struggling. He's struggling. He's got 18, 19, 20, 21, 20 -- counting his, 22 mouths to feed. It's craziness. Some of the kids are from previous wives. So he's also got, you know, exes that he's paying for and, of course, he's also, you know, got women that he didn't marry that he had children with. But that's -- let's not get bogged down in all the facts. People make mistakes, okay? Who are you to judge? Now, the prince for many years had a good job. He was working hard. He was the finance minister of Brunei. Kind of a bad move for Brunei but, hey, they didn't know. Stop judging these people.

Prince Jefri not shy with the state's money. He spent $475 million on a few Rolls Royces and he spent $78 million at the Italian sports car company and $900 million at a British jeweler, later bought the jeweler out for $385 million because you never know. Hey, I show up and you're not open. What am I supposed to do for jewelry. You know what I mean? Let me just -- how much for all of it?

In 1993 he bought the Helmsley Palace Hotel here in New York for $200 million. He and the sultan of Brunei split up the royal air fleet of 10 jets which included a Boeing 747 and an Airbus A-340. He gave his badminton coach and acupuncturist $1.8 million each because, I mean, badminton coaches and acupuncturists are hard to find. You know what I'm saying? But he didn't stop there. He got caught up in this, you know, keeping up with the Joneses. He amassed a world class art collection. He used states funds to buy a Manet, not to be confused with a Monet for 24 and a Renault for $20.5 million. Now, the prince says the sultan was aware of all this spending. He said, you know, I've been spending it for several years, you know. I built a beachfront house, you know, some place I could kick back on the weekends and it had a sports complex in the beachfront house, and you wouldn't want to build it without it. But he said the sultan knew I built it, you know, and my allowance was only $20,000 a month. You can't build a house like that, you know, for -- you can't build a house for $20,000 a month.

I hate to point it out to Jefri, but you can but they usually don't have sports complexes in it, beachfront. He said, "I thought our government, I thought our government spending was out of control," you know, this according to the sultan. And, you know, it might have been. I mean, he spent 2,159 years worth of his allowance just on Rolls Royce cars.

So how did it all go wrong? You're saying Glenn, cut to the chase. I mean, I've heard this story, sure, but where did it go wrong? Well, in the late 1990s depressed oil prices led to a financial crisis in Brunei. I'm not a financial guru but it might have been the $900 million in jewelry that, you know, might have hurt the economy a bit. And so Brunei hired Arthur Andersen. I hate that guy. Him and his buddies come in. "Oh, Arthur can find the money." And they wanted him just to comb through the agency's, the investment agency books to see if they could dig anything up. I think it was probably pretty tough to figure out what was going on there, you know, with a $475 million spent on Rolls Royces. But the older brother got a little upset and called for the prince's ouster and said, hey, we're going to fire you, you know, how dare you use state funds for all of this. And, of course, the sultan has every right to be upset. I mean, he's living a humble lifestyle himself while his prince of a brother is spending all the dough and, you know, he watches his brother build a beachfront palace. All the while he's trapped in his 1788-room bungalow that just the house covers 49 acres. So can you imagine? You know, you see your brother living it up like that.

So they are embroiled now in a court battle to get Prince Jefri to give all the money back but he says, you know, I don't have it anymore. And the prince is saying, look, all I need is a few hundred million dollars and a couple of my houses. I mean, is that too much to ask for? Really? Shouldn't the government of Brunei bail him out? Okay, sure, he made a couple of bad investments, but he was lured in by the teaser rate on the Rolls Royces.

Most self-proclaimed Marxists know very little about Marxism. Some of them have all the buzzwords memorized. They talk about the exploits of labor. They talk about the slavery of capitalist society and the alienation caused by capital. They talk about the evils of power and domination.

But they don't actually believe what they say. Or else they wouldn't be such violent hypocrites. And we're not being dramatic when we say "violent."

For them, Marxism is a political tool that they use to degrade and annoy their political enemies.

They don't actually care about the working class.

Another important thing to remember about Marxists is that they talk about how they want to defend the working class, but they don't actually understand the working class. They definitely don't realize that the working class is composed mostly of so many of the people they hate. Because, here's the thing, they don't actually care about the working class. Or the middle class. They wouldn't have the slightest clue how to actually work, not the way we do. For them, work involves ranting about how work and labor are evil.

Ironically, if their communist utopia actually arrived, they would be the first ones against the wall. Because they have nothing to offer except dissent. They have no practical use and no real connection to reality.

Again ironically, they are the ultimate proof of the success of capitalism. The fact that they can freely call for its demise, in tweets that they send from their capitalistic iPhones, is proof that capitalism affords them tremendous luxuries.

Their specialty is complaining. They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They sneer at Christianity for promising Heaven in exchange for good deeds on earth — which is a terrible description of Christianity, but it's what they actually believe — and at the same time they criticize Christianity for promising a utopia, they give their unconditional devotion to a religion that promises a utopia.

They are fanatics of a religion that is endlessly cynical.

They think capitalism has turned us into machines. Which is a bad interpretation of Marx's concept of the General Intellect, the idea that humans are the ones who create machines, so humans, not God, are the creators.

They think that the only way to achieve the perfect society is by radically changing and even destroying the current society. It's what they mean when they say things about the "status quo" and "hegemony" and the "established order." They believe that the system is broken and the way to fix it is to destroy, destroy, destroy.

Critical race theory actually takes it a step farther. It tells us that the racist system can never be changed. That racism is the original sin that white people can never overcome. Of course, critical race theorists suggest "alternative institutions," but these "alternative institutions" are basically the same as the ones we have now, only less effective and actually racist.

Marx's violent revolution never happened. Or at least it never succeeded. Marx's followers have had to take a different approach. And now, we are living through the Revolution of Constant Whining.

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

Americans are losing faith in our justice system and the idea that legal consequences are applied equally — even to powerful elites in office.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail what he believes will come next with the Durham investigation, which hopefully will provide answers to the Obama FBI's alleged attempts to sabotage former President Donald Trump and his campaign years ago.

Rep. Nunes and Glenn assert that we know Trump did NOT collude with Russia, and that several members of the FBI possibly committed huge abuses of power. So, when will we see justice?

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The corporate media is doing everything it can to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) roasted him for allegedly lying to Congress about funding gain-of-function research in Wuhan, China.

During an extremely heated exchange at a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Paul challenged Dr. Fauci — who, as the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, oversees research programs at the National Institute of Health — on whether the NIH funded dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Dr. Fauci denied the claims, but as Sen. Paul knows, there are documents that prove Dr. Fauci's NIH was funding gain-of-function research in the Wuhan biolab before COVID-19 broke out in China.

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn and Producer Stu Burguiere presented the proof, because Dr. Fauci's shifting defenses don't change the truth.

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Critical race theory: A special brand of evil


Part of what makes it hard for us to challenge the left is that their beliefs are complicated. We don't mean complicated in a positive way. They aren't complicated the way love is complicated. They're complicated because there's no good explanation for them, no basis in reality.

The left cannot pull their heads out of the clouds. They are stuck on romantic ideas, abstract ideas, universal ideas. They talk in theories. They see the world through ideologies. They cannot divorce themselves from their own academic fixations. And — contrary to what they believe and how they act — it's not because leftists are smarter than the rest of us. And studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country. Marx was no different. The Communist Manifesto talks about how the rise of cities "rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life."

Studies have repeatedly shown that leftists are the least happy people in the country.

Instead of admitting that they're pathological hypocrites, they tell us that we're dumb and tell us to educate ourselves. Okay, so we educate ourselves; we return with a coherent argument. Then they say, "Well, you can't actually understand what you just said unless you understand the work of this other obscure Marxist writer. So educate yourselves more."

It's basically the "No True Scotsman" fallacy, the idea that when you point out a flaw in someone's argument, they say, "Well, that's a bad example."

After a while, it becomes obvious that there is no final destination for their bread-crumb trail. Everything they say is based on something that somebody else said, which is based on something somebody else said.

Take critical race theory. We're sure you've noticed by now that it is not evidence-based — at all. It is not, as academics say, a quantitative method. It doesn't use objective facts and data to arrive at conclusions. Probably because most of those conclusions don't have any basis in reality.

Critical race theory is based on feelings. These feelings are based on theories that are also based on feelings.

We wanted to trace the history of critical race theory back to the point where its special brand of evil began. What allowed it to become the toxic, racist monster that it is today?

Later, we'll tell you about some of the snobs who created critical theory, which laid the groundwork for CRT. But if you follow the bread-crumb trail from their ideas, you wind up with Marxism.

For years, the staff has devoted a lot of time to researching Marxism. We have read a lot of Marx and Marxist writing. It's part of our promise to you to be as informed as possible, so that you know where to go for answers; so that you know what to say when your back is up against the wall. What happens when we take the bread-crumb trail back farther, past Marxism? What is it based on?

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism.

It's actually based on the work of one of the most important philosophers in human history, a 19th-century German philosopher named Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

This is the point where Marxism became Marxism and not just extra-angry socialism. And, as you'll see in just a bit, if we look at Hegel's actual ideas, it's obvious that Marx completely misrepresented them in order to confirm his own fantasies.

So, in a way, that's where the bread-crumb trail ends: With Marx's misrepresentation of an incredibly important, incredibly useful philosophy, a philosophy that's actually pretty conservative.

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