WELCOME - Fusion Magazine, September 2010

That sentence is as true today as it was when Thomas Paine wrote it in a series of articles collectively titled, The Crisis, back in December 1776. And it’s that undeniable truth that inspired my new book, Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth and Treasure.

It’s not in my nature to tell you a version of the truth that I think you’d most like to hear. That would make me a liar, or as they’re usually called these days, a politician. I’ve framed this issue of Fusion around the ideas covered in Broke, and that’s because I feel the timing of this book and these conversations are critical. We’re at a crossroads in this country, and there’s not a moment to waste.

We’re coming up on fall, and the November mid-term elections are just weeks away. This is exactly the time those running for office (and from the truth) want you to believe that everything’s going to be OK…that there’s no need for concern…that they know just what to do to turn this country around. Now, more than ever, you can’t believe the hype. When did they come up with

these answers, and why does implementing them have to wait until they get re-elected? Desperation and honesty don’t tend to go hand in hand, and there’s nobody quite as desperate as a DC desk jockey looking to keep his cushy job. It’s time to ask the hard questions and accept nothing less than painfully honest answers in return.

What are the problems facing America? Race? Things are better, but they’re far from fixed. Illegal immigration? Muchos problemos. Foreign terror? Answer for yourself as you strip down at airport security. Health care? The proposed "cure" is worse than the disease. I could go on, but I’d only be listing things that have always challenged America and will likely continue to. However, the crisis of our economy is unique in that it is the one that could truly end America as we know it. It doesn’t get any more plain-spoken than that, and here’s why that kind of unflinching honesty is so important.

Let’s say you go to your doctor, and he diagnoses you with a potentially fatal disease. Is that diagnosis hate

speech? Of course not! It’s exactly the kind of unvarnished truth that gives you the necessary information needed to work toward a cure. This is exactly what we need from Washington when it comes to the economy! You know it’s bad, and someone telling you that we can solve our economic problems through severe "shared pain" is only adding to the problem by refusing to address it head on.

This is a new age in America. Our grandfathers were asked to storm beaches, but today we’re being asked to sacrifice in a different way. That’s not a new concept to Americans—we’ve always tightened our belts when times were tough and come out of those scrapes stronger and more prosperous than ever. But we’ve usually had the benefit of honest leaders, and I’m sorry to say that’s just no longer the case. What’s saddest of all is that there are really smart people thinking about our crises, and they’re coming up with

realistic solutions that can and would get us back on track. I talk to these people all the time, and I believe the answers to even the hardest questions are out there. Forget recession—it’s a boom time for American ingenuity! But too few are listening, and it’s those with too much power who hear the least. That’s why I wrote Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth and Treasure, because the more people who know the truth, the harder it will be to peddle a lie.

Thomas Paine’s last entry in The Crisis, penned in 1776, begins with this sentence: "I thank God that I fear not. I see no real cause for fear. I know our situation well, and can see the way out of it." This is how I feel—I do see a way out, and by the time you read this issue of Fusion and my new book, I believe you will too. Now if only Washington would get its head out of the sand.


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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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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.