Glenn Beck: Mamma Mia!

What will it take to get Stu to go see Mamma Mia?

GLENN: What's the price? Come on, what's the price?

STU: For what?

GLENN: What's the price for you to go see Mamma Mia? Everybody has a price. What's it going to take?

STU: There is no price for me.

GLENN: You have to see it because you won't believe it. Stu said to me during a break, he looked at me and said this is just the worst. I said, no, you see us? This -- any guy who has seen this, this music is the best part of the movie. That's how bad the music -- normally you would listen to this and you'd be like, I'd want to kill myself. You were praying that they would actually start singing after a while. You'd be like, at least play the music because it's starting to grow on me.

STU: I find that to be impossible.

GLENN: No, come on, really what's it going to take?

STU: There's nothing that you --

GLENN: Come on, everybody has a price. What's it going to take to get you to go see Mamma Mia just so -- are you ever with people in a restaurant and they're like, does this taste spoiled? And then they, you know, try to get you to eat it? "Try some, I think this is spoiled, is this bad?

STU: You don't do that, though.

GLENN: Yeah, everybody has a price. Come on, this movie is so bad, you have to taste it.

STU: What reason would I --

GLENN: Because you said to me, this is the worst. Listen to this.

(Music playing)

GLENN: You said to me there's nothing worse. I contend this may be the worst movie, the worst story line, the worst script, everything of all time.

STU: The worst of all time and you want me to go experience it?

GLENN: Yes. How much? I'll buy your ticket and -- see, this is the best thing I said I'll send it out to Stu. During the break I said I'll send you out to the Colby Club, that's a $200 steak conveniently forgetting he doesn't eat meat. And the great thing is I don't know of a restaurant that would serve a $200 salad. So I'll send you out for the best salad in town.

STU: You're way above a salad. This is not a meal sort of thing. You need to do a lot better than that.

GLENN: What? Give me a hint. What's it going to take?

STU: All right. If this is the --

GLENN: This will make you feel good because everything in the world will make sense. You'll be like, yeah, you think that -- Washington doesn't make sense? Please, I've seen Mamma Mia.

STU: Do not try to sell this as a positive.

GLENN: It is.

STU: If you want me to go see the worst piece of entertainment on Earth, then you should supply me with tickets to the best piece of entertainment on Earth, the Super Bowl.

GLENN: I don't think so.

STU: What do you mean? You don't even believe this, do you? You don't even believe what you're saying.

GLENN: I'm not going to send you to the Super Bowl.

STU: You just said --

GLENN: How much does Super Bowl cost?

STU: You know, I don't know off the top of my head.

GLENN: Yes, you do. You go every year, you weasel.

STU: Is this about money or is this about right and wrong?

GLENN: How much does a Super Bowl ticket cost?

STU: Face value?

GLENN: Yeah.

STU: You are probably in the neighborhood of, you know --

GLENN: How much?

STU: I would say in the neighborhood of maybe $850 a ticket.

GLENN: How could I make this worse for you? Dan, how can I make Stu's trip to Mamma Mia even worse? I mean, for us -- so I get my full $850 ticket value?

DAN: Are you hearing this song?

GLENN: Against the Super Bowl, any man can last through this for two hours of the Super Bowl.

STU: Well, I will -- I do still get to leave during the Meryl Streep air guitar scene. I think that's part of it.

GLENN: Nope, nope.

STU: You are saying I can't just turn my head?

GLENN: No. In fact, I'm going to give the Insiders screening time so the Insiders and the listeners can go and watch you in the movie theater.

STU: Monitor my viewing?

GLENN: You know what we should do? Oh, we should go to -- we should go see this together and just make fun of it like crazy.

STU: I love that idea.

GLENN: You know what we could do. We could all tell our wives that we're going -- because we hear it's good. Just, you bring your wife and you're like, oh, honey, got to go. And then all the guys, we have something planned in the -- maybe -- I'm not even going to say that.

STU: Why --

GLENN: No, I'm not going to even --

STU: Why wouldn't you say it? What did you --

GLENN: No. Not going to even say it. This is just so bad, it just gives you really bad ideas. It's just, it's not good.

STU: Perhaps this is something we should discuss off the air.

GLENN: Yeah. It's just bad. All right, Stu?

STU: Yes.

GLENN: Think about it.

STU: So you are saying the Super Bowl tickets are on the table? I'm not saying that --

GLENN: They are on the table. I'm not saying that I'm going to get you Super Bowl tickets to see it but I'm not not saying it, either. I need to make it worse for you.

STU: Really? Because I think I'm being undersold at this point. I think there's something -- Stu despises all Brendan Frazier movies. Maybe there's some sort of Brendan Frazier marathon we throw into that around the Mamma Mia. That could really hurt.

GLENN: I think it needs to be a public humiliation thing.

STU: Why?

GLENN: No, I think it needs to be -- I think we need to go down, you know -- I don't know. We need to go to Philadelphia or something and just watch it with a bunch of, you know, real people. You don't want to watch this in New York because there will be people going, this is the greatest movie. In Philadelphia you say, "This is the greatest," they will kill you.

STU: Rightfully so.

GLENN: Yeah, you'll get a nail ball in the back of your head. There's no ice on the ground. So they just bring nails. Just form it into a ball and throw it at people, "Shut up!"

STU: You would definitely not going to prison for doing that.

GLENN: Unless you got in front of a chick judge. "Mamma Mia, that was fantastic." Did you see Meryl Streep play air guitar? And you'll go, oh, I know, judge, wasn't she great? You go, girl.

STU: Why would I have to do something more demeaning? Aren't I on the short end of the stick here? I have to go see Mamma Mia.

GLENN: Super Bowl tickets.

STU: Yeah, but Mamma Mia, I have to go see the whole two hours.

DAN: Glenn, what's the costume wardrobe like for this movie? Maybe Stu's a walking billboard for Mamma Mia, in South Philly.

STU: You are not being helpful and you are not going to be invited to the Super Bowl, are you, Dan?

GLENN: Maybe Stu has to wear platform shoes and the Abba outfit. For Super Bowl tickets, now you've got my interest, Dan. I'm just saying. That could be good. Stu, with platform shoes and the Mamma Mia outfit, they are on the table now.

STU: You are going to be buying a whole section for that game.

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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Political commentator Bill O'Reilly joined the Glenn Beck radio program on Friday made an important prediction about President Joe Biden's chance of reelection in 2024.

O'Reilly told Glenn that former President Donald Trump was brought down because of COVID. "if COVID had not appeared, O'Reilly stated, "he [Trump] would have won reelection."

O'Reilly went on to predict that like Trump, President Joe Biden would lose reelection because of COVID. People saw a president who could not put out an intelligent fact-based message about COVID and people will remember that," he explained.

O'Reilly later added that "Trump and Biden are one-termers because of COVID."

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Critical race theory: Marxism is a religion

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Marx didn't actually tell his followers that the system needed to be destroyed. And it's not what Marx actually believed. Very few Marxists actually understand what Marx laid out.

Marxism isn't a list of demands and instructions. It's Marx's attempt to tell the future. Some of it he got right, most he got wrong. For example, he predicted the rise of automation.

Believe it or not, Marx was not an anti-capitalist. If anything, he revered it.

In a letter to Engels, he complained that too many people misunderstood his message, that his plan is to merge with capitalism. To make it new. He wanted to reify his brand of socialism, reify is a Marxist term, actually. It basically means to make an abstract idea concrete.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary. And he knew communism would never happen without the aid of capitalism.

Marx didn't hate capitalism. He actually thought it was necessary.

From there, he takes these ideas to some weird conclusions. Horrible conclusions. The main one being revolution.

What does the first phase of the Marxist revolution look like? How will we know if it has started? How can we tell if it's already begun? Marx's idea of the "dictatorship of the proletariat," where the working class would rise up in revolution and earn their freedom.

But what did Marx mean by freedom? Like so much of Marxism, it involves giving up your individuality, in service to the collective: "Only in community with others does each individual have the means of cultivating his gifts in all directions; only in the community, therefore, is personal freedom possible."

That's from his book The German Ideology, which he co-wrote with Friedrich Engels, the guy who paid all of his bills: "Free competition, which is based on the idea of individual freedom, simply amounts to the relation of capital to itself as another capital."

His idea here is that capital ruins any idea of freedom or individuality. And competition is what he uses as proof. In other words, Marx's definition of freedom has nothing to do with actual freedom, freedom as we know it.

He wrote, in Capital: "It is not individuals who are set free by free competition; it is, rather, capital which is set free."

He's saying that Capital manipulates our individual freedom and forces us to exploit ourselves. For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

For someone who didn't believe in God, he sure had some fanciful ideas about the forces that control the universe.

Marxists have always argued that capitalism is a religion. That our debt to capital is no different than our debt to God. Critical Theorist Walter Benjamin wrote an entire book called Capitalism as Religion, and wrote that capitalism is "the first case of a cult that creates guilt, not atonement."

There were many strains of socialism before Marx. There were entire movements, named after socialist and anarchist philosophers. But Marx was the one who figured it out, with the help of a rotating cast of people paying for his sloth, of course.

Marx's influence on socialism was so profound that socialism was practically re-named in honor of Marx. Marx has been deified.

He created a utopian society. Very hypothetical. It requires a working class that is devoted to daily readings of The Communist Manifesto.

This assumes that people who work all day — at a real job, where they can't just sit on the couch all day as Marx did — even have the energy to read dense theory when they get home.

Marx made a religion.

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