Glenn Beck: Big University


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GLENN: Stu, I want you -- Stu is in there right now working on something I told him about, what, about 20 minutes ago.  I asked you about the endowment fund at Harvard and Yale.  And I said, put a billion dollars in there and see what it is in 10 years.  At 23% --

STU:  They didn't really lock in at 23%, right?

GLENN:  I think it's Yale has been at 19 and Harvard has been at 23%.  I mean, it's incredible.  It's absolutely incredible.  I mean, just do 15%.  Just do 15%.  You've done a cursory surgery on these endowments.  Harvard doesn't have a billion dollars.  Harvard has 35 or 37?

STU:  35.

GLENN:  $35 billion.

STU:  They are going to own the Earth.

GLENN:  Yeah.  You remember I told you the story -- here we are in Rockefeller Plaza.  Remember I told the story about how when John, Sr. died, Rockefeller died, they went to John, Jr. and said, do you have any concept of how much money this is?  And he said, well, yeah.  And he said the number.  And they said, we want to show you the projected compound interest.  We want to show you what this money does.  And they showed it to him and they said, by the time your children are your age, this wealth will crush you; you must start giving away this money.  And that's why there's the Rockefeller funds everywhere because they had to give the money away.  Because it was, at the time, the size of a small country.  And now it would be the size of a large country.

$37 billion.  You ask me why tuition is so high.  You ask me why these liberal universities, "Oh, they are not paying their fair share."  These liberal universities have endowments, Harvard, $35 billion in endowment.  They are getting return on that investment of 23%.  Figure that out, Stu.  23%, 10 years, $35 billion.  How much is it?

STU:  I mean, these numbers are ridiculous.  $276 billion.

GLENN:  Do it for 20 years.  You have $35 billion, you get 23% return on investment, which is what they've been getting.  How much is it in 20 years?

STU:  $2.2 trillion.

GLENN:  $2.2 trillion.

STU:  These are like fake numbers, that you just make them up.

GLENN:  In 20 years Harvard -- that's with no additional revenue being raised by these people.

STU:  And also none taken out.  But still how is -- like how can anyone be giving any money to send anyone to these schools?  They should be happy.

GLENN:  How much -- find out what Harvard -- Harvard tuition, everything, all expenses paid I think is $51,000 a year.  They have $35 billion.  Find out if they're -- how much is it per year if they're getting 23%?  How much are they making without touching the principle?  Do one year, let's do 23% of $35 billion.  How much is just their interest?

STU:  That would be $34 billion one year.

GLENN:  20% or whatever.

STU:  This is not coming out correct.  Hold on a second.  I have to recalculate here, Glenn.

GLENN:  Recalculating.  He's making those little index cards.  We have to feed them into our supercomputer, the one that sounds like, (making computer noises).

STU:  It would go up to another $8 billion-ish.

GLENN:  Take a billion dollars at $50,000 a year.  How many students can you send to Harvard for $1 billion out of the $8 billion in interest?

STU:  Starting to get me confused.  Billion divided by $50,000?  20,000.

GLENN:  You can signed 20,000 kids to school.

STU:  For 1/8 of your interest growth a year.  And that's Harvard.

GLENN:  I make the case that Harvard isn't paying their fair share.

STU:  You know what, they can have an endowment the size -- I don't care how big their endowment is.  But stop asking us for money.

GLENN:  Stop telling me that I haven't paid my fair share.  Stop telling me that I, because I'm greedy, I'm not sharing my wealth enough to send people to school, when 1/8 of your interest, of your endowment, 1/8th of your yearly interest could send 20,000 kids to school.

STU:  And that's at your ridiculous rate of $50,000 a year.  How much does it actually cost?

GLENN:  No, Harvard is about $50,000 a year.  That's everything.

STU:  No, what I'm saying is that's what they're charging people.

GLENN:  I'm guessing that Harvard would get the family discount.  How many students go to Harvard right now?  Don't you love the computer?  I only make him do this because he's like, what?  How many students are enrolled in Harvard?

STU:  Hold on one second.  I'm clicking, I'm clicking, I'm clicking.  Enrollment, enrollment.

GLENN:  (Making computer noises.)

STU:  Undergraduate, 6,715.

GLENN:  6,000 undergraduates.  So they could do everybody plus two more thousand.  That's unbelievable.

STU:  For an 1/8.

GLENN:  Unbelievable.  Incredible.  You want to talk about -- you don't talk to me -- Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, don't talk to me about how you couldn't afford your Harvard education.  Harvard.  You want to send more people to school?  You got the money to do it.  Don't talk to me about how big oil makes 8% in profit every year.  8% profit every year, when you've got $35 billion sitting there in an endowment from Harvard.  They could make -- conservatively make $8 billion a year in interest, for nothing doing nothing, for creating nothing.  This is called the rich get richer.  I know they teach it at Harvard but they might want to look inward.  They might want to -- when they're teaching how the rich get richer, how the powerful just keep their power.  When they want to talk about the insidiousness of people just screwing people to the wall, these big organizations that just gouge your eyes out for something that is essential, like oil or education, and they gouge your eyes out and make it only available for the elite.  Meanwhile they're just racking up the money.

Critical Race Theory: A special brand of evil

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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.

We've heard a lot about critical race theory lately, and for good reason: It's a racist ideology designed to corrupt our children and undermine our American values. But most of what we see are the results of a process that has been underway for decades. And that's not something the mainstream media, the Democrat Party, and even teachers unions want you to know. They're doing everything in their power to try and convince you that it's no big deal. They want to sweep everything under the rug and keep you in the dark. To fight it, we need to understand what fuels it.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the deep-seated Marxist origins of CRT and debunks the claims that it's just a harmless term for a school of legal scholarship. Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer joins to argue why we must ban critical race theory from our schools if we want to save a very divided nation.

Watch the full "Glenn TV" episode below:

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck blasted the Democrats — and anyone else on the left — who have been so eager to open our southern U.S. border for the past several months, but also willing to turn a blind eye to the Cuban people in need of help today.

"While we are welcoming people from any country, all over the world, without any kind of information, and setting them into our country, putting them on American planes paid for by American taxpayers," Glenn began. "And our Coast Guard Cutters are turning these [Cuban] people away. Shame on you! Shame on you!"

Glenn said that he's "sick and tired" of hearing about "brave" leftist activists like Colin Kaepernick, who protest the America flag while wearing Che Guevara and Fidel Castro t-shirts. Meanwhile, the Cuban people are risking their lives by taking to the sea to escape their oppressive regime and come to America.

"Anybody who glorifies Che doesn't know their ass from their elbow. You can't call them a human rights activist. You're protesting the American flag, because you so deeply believe in the right to be free? And yet, you wear a Che T-shirt?" Glenn said.

Glenn went on to argue that, even though the left has "bastardized" the meaning of our country, he still believes America is the best nation on Earth. In fact, he'd give up his citizenship "in a heartbeat" if another country could prove to be better, more noble, and more free. But no other nation exists like ours, he said, which is why it's so imperative we fight for freedom here, in Cuba, and around the world.

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There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

Watch the video clip below for more or find the full podcast with Abigail Shrier here:

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