Glenn Beck: How much is enough?


Some in Glenn Beck's staff prepare for the coming economic doom by stocking up on instant hamburger helper and bottled water from their remote location in Florida...

STU:  I understand that.

GLENN:  Stu and I are having an argument off the air.  He's a big believer on duck sauce and catsup packages are your survival kit.

STU:  I don't have any duck sauce at my house.  I have never said I don't have duck sauce.

GLENN:  You are not American if you don't have duck sauce and hot mustard.  I mean, like lots of packages of them.

STU:  It does feel like that.  At one point there was that and the soy sauce packets.  But my point is we're talking about food storage.

GLENN:  Yeah.

STU:  That, you know, Dan is saying that -- because I started making fun of him saying he only had a couple of days food in his house and I'm like, that's not true because when you get down to a scenario where you need to use your food storage, it's not buffet time.  You don't start eating -- you know, you don't go crazy and spoil yourself.  You are going to minimize your calories, you're going to eat what you need to do to survive, you're going to make sure your child has enough food to survive and be as healthy as possible.  But this is a meltdown situation we're talking about.  This is not a four-course scenario.

GLENN:  Right.  But I believe -- there are two things that I'm advocating that I don't know how to get it across to you.  First of all, first of all -- and that wasn't an elitist thing.

STU:  No, I want you to help me understand.

GLENN:  I don't know how to get --

STU:  I'm confused.  I'm just a normal -- okay, go ahead.

GLENN:  The two scenarios are that, one, there is a meltdown, okay?  At that point, I'm sorry, catsup packages are --

STU:  Well, then describe to me the meltdown.  You mean meltdown as if there's no food in any grocery store anywhere?

GLENN:  Meltdown could be anything from let's say a hurricane -- you know, you lived in Florida, we've all lived through hurricanes.  You know what it's like.  It's madness because everybody goes in and they're like, Cheetos!  And they go in and get all the Cheetos and the water and you go there's nothing, nothing available.

STU:  Right.

GLENN:  So it could be a hurricane.  Meltdown scenario also is, you know, we could -- look, are you telling me that if Osama Bin Laden crashed an airplane into a Saudi Arabian oil field and blew up a lot of the oil fields, we wouldn't see $175 a barrel oil right now?  That shock itself would shove us into the Great Depression.  It would shut -- because it would be such a rapid shock and also everything would spiral out of control.

STU:  I don't know if I agree with that.  The point is we don't need to describe the circumstances to get into it.  You are saying every grocery store has nothing in it.

GLENN:  No, I'm saying that we are in a Great Depression.

STU:  A long scale Great Depression.

GLENN:  Correct.  Now, I don't think that we're headed for the Great Depression but I really, truly believe that our grandparents would slap us across the face.  Why?  You are too young to remember this.  I'm 45 years old.  I remember my grandmother saving the bacon grease.  I remember her pouring the bacon grease out of the pan and keeping it up above the stove in the kitchen.  She kept it there.  My wife yells at me all the time.  She is like, why are you saving bacon grease?  I said, because it was bred in me.  The reason why it was bred in me is because my grandparents taught me that.  Our grandparents would slap us across the face and say, you are no arrogant that this could never happen to you?  It happened to me.  And it was so huge that for two generations those lessons lasted.  And now we've forgotten.

STU:  No, that's significant that that is one sort of -- that's different from the hurricane, though.  That's a completely different subject.

GLENN:  Completely different.  I don't think, being in New York, I don't think we're going to get hit by a hurricane, although I hear global warming is going to make them stronger.  And I also don't think at this point we're going to hit a Great Depression.  Here's the other one.  Either way, if those two happen, you with your catsup packages are going to be hungry.

STU:  I would be -- I am prepared for, certainly prepared for the hurricane.  Absolutely 100% am prepared for that.  You are talking about Great Depression where there's -- I would still think that in a Great Depression there's still people eating.  It wasn't like a -- it's not a --

GLENN:  Yes, except most of our grandparents grew food.

STU:  Right, right.

GLENN:  If you had access to a little bit of green where you could grow something.

STU:  We know the bread lines in the Great Depression were famous but that doesn't mean that no one ate.  It was difficult.  It was very difficult.

GLENN:  Not unlike anything this country has ever seen.  We can't even relate to what -- if you didn't have a grandparent that lived through it, you can't even --

STU:  I did have grandparents that lived through it.

GLENN:  Right.  And they will tell you it was nothing like -- "Oh, well, it's a little slowdown, it's an economic," blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.  I've got seven seconds here to wrap this up and I can't.  Those are two scenarios that are not, you know, catsup package.  But the other part is what we haven't even touched on and we'll get to that here in just a second.  Hang on.

Critical race theory: Struggle sessions

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China has a rich legacy of torture. During the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese Communist Party used a variety of torture techniques. These became more and more advanced over time. This included public humiliation and public executions.

One specific kind of public humiliation is what's called "The Struggle Session." It was a punishment reserved for people who committed wrong-think. The point was to publicly degrade the person until they swore allegiance to the Communist Party. Their focus is on the elimination of the power base and/or class position of enemy classes or groups. It was also a warning to everyone watching: If you don't bend your knee to communism, you will be destroyed.

If you don't bend your knee to communism, you will be destroyed.

It was a way to punish anyone who so much as disagreed with Communist Party dogma.

These struggle sessions often took place in busy areas.

They also took place at universities, like the struggle session for the professor You Xiaoli, as recounted by Anne Thurston, in Enemies of the People:

You Xiaoli was standing, precariously balanced, on a stool. Her body was bent over from the waist into a right angle, and her arms, elbows stiff and straight, were behind her back, one hand grasping the other at the wrist. It was the position known as "doing the airplane." Around her neck was a heavy chain, and attached to the chain was a blackboard, a real blackboard, one that had been removed from a classroom at the university where You Xiaoli, for more than ten years, had served as a full professor. On both sides of the blackboard were chalked her name and the myriad crimes she was alleged to have committed...

The scene was taking place at the university, too, in a sports field at one of China's most prestigious institutions of higher learning. In the audience were You Xiaoli's students and colleagues and former friends. Workers from local factories and peasants from nearby communes had been bussed in for the spectacle. From the audience came repeated, rhythmic chants ... "down with You Xiaoli! Down with You Xiaoli!"

"I had many feelings at that struggle session," recalls You Xiaoli. "I thought there were some bad people in the audience. But I also thought there were many ignorant people, people who did not understand what was happening, so I pitied that kind of person. They brought workers and peasants into the meetings, and they could not understand what was happening. But I was also angry."

Struggle sessions have been revived, and exported to America. They come in many forms.

Forced apologies.

Beatings in public—like the mob attack on Rand Paul.

Or the 12-year-old boy who was sucker-punched.

Or the 12-year-old boy who was stabbed for being white.

Anti-racism seminars, like the one in Seattle.

Or the one involving Sandia Labs executives seminar.

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

The long-awaited New York Attorney General's report on the sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo is out — and it is bad for Cuomo. The Democratic AG concluded that the Governor did sexually harass multiple women during his time in office.

On Tuesday's radio program, Glenn Beck questioned is the AG's report would be enough for Democrats to condemn him and call for his resignation? This is what the #MeToo movement was started for, Glenn noted, if Gov. Cuomo doesn't resign quickly, that says a whole lot about today's Democratic Party. Watch the clip to hear more of the conversation. Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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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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