Private businesses are what will help us through this crisis — red tape will just slow them down

As COVID-19 worsens, restaurants (and small businesses) everywhere have been placed on the chopping block. State and local governments across the country are closing restaurants by executive order or limiting their hours of operation. As some lay off staff and close their doors, restaurateurs and business owners should take advantage of their adaptability as members of the private sector and find creative solutions to stay afloat.

But most importantly, officials desperately need to realize that private business will be the most effective agents to help us through this crisis.

Take the restaurant Canlis in Seattle, Washington for instance. For almost 70 years, Seattlites have flocked to Canlis, largely regarded as one of the best high-end, fine-dining establishments in America. Facing forced closure by state bureaucrats, brothers Mark and Brian Canlis got creative. As of Monday, they closed their main dining room and are offering three meals a day via drive thru or delivery. They are keeping their staff employed, and continuing to provide an important service to the community.

Of course, private businesses across all industries are often better prepared to handle crises than the government. As states and the federal government struggle to procure even basic COVID-19 test kits, the private industry is stepping up to the task. As the old saying goes: the market provides.

Business owners are often attacked for generating profits, especially in times of crisis, but that profit incentive allows for new ideas and creative solutions to develop and flourish. While government programs falter, businesses and business owners consistently succeed in making our lives better.

Contrary to capitalists' detractors, making money and achieving a socially desirable good aren't mutually exclusive. In fact, earning massive wealth is what allows a great deal of social good to occur. For instance, combined, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates have donated more than $43 billion to philanthropic causes. More importantly, the businesses they created have improved the lives of millions in countless ways. From same-day delivery to the personal computer, these executives and their companies have married doing good with doing well.

This mutually beneficial approach to business was codified in Harvard Business Professor Michael Porter's theory of "Creating Shared Value." Private industry is uniquely able to provide what people want and what the world needs. And as government officials continue to debate about the best way to handle COVID-19, entrepreneurs are already at work providing solutions to improve people's lives. Microsoft, for example, has launched a COVID-19 tracking website with local news tie-ins to help keep the public informed. And Amazon announced plans to hire another 100,000 employees and provide raises as well, in a time where many are facing layoffs and unemployment.

So it goes, elected officials often create the biggest barriers to these desperately needed solutions. Governments are slow and inefficient. Speed and agility are especially important during times of crisis, and the government simply can't keep up. In everyday life, bureaucratic red tape often acts as an impediment to helping our friends and neighbors. We don't need even more government intrusion as a result of this pandemic. Indeed, in a world where it's a crime to feed the homeless, we instead need fewer laws and more business solutions.

When the COVID-19 pandemic calms down, restaurants like Canlis will go back to business-as-usual. They may even raise their prices to make up for lost revenues. That doesn't make them the bad guys. They were here for us, and for their employees, when needed the most. So was Amazon, so was Microsoft, and so were hundreds and thousands of other businesses and business owners.

So the next time you hear a call for higher taxes and additional restrictive laws, think twice before supporting those measures. Remember that these businesses who provide so much, during and outside a pandemic, are being put directly in the crosshairs.

Conner Drigotas is the Director of Communications at a national law firm and is a Young Voices contributor.


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.

The Capitol riot was foolish and tragic, but Pelosi's Select Committee "investigation" on the January 6 "insurrection" has devolved into a show trial complete with bad tears and bad acting. But this is just a charade designed to distract us.

What's going on behind closed doors is truly nefarious. The Biden White House and the U.S. national security apparatus are seizing that event to redefine domestic terrorism and expand the powers of government to prevent it. There is an alarming blueprint for sweeping government action called the "National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism," put together by the National Security Council.

On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn Beck exposes the collusion between the Biden administration and Big Tech to surveil, root out, and silence America's deplorables – all in the name of national security.

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Terry Trobiani owns Gianelli's Drive Thru in Prairie Grove, Illinois, where he put up a row of American flags for the Fourth of July. But the city claimed he was displaying two of them improperly and issued him a $100 ticket for each flag.

Terry joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to explain what he believes really happened. He told Glenn that, according to city ordinance, the American flag is considered "ornamental" and should therefore have been permitted on a federal holiday. But the city has now classified the flag as a "sign."

"Apparently, the village of Prairie Grove has classified the American flag as a sign and they've taken away the symbol of the American flag," Terry said. "So, as a sign, it falls under their temporary sign ordinance, which prohibits any flying, or any positioning of signs on your property — and now this includes the American flag. [...] The only way I could fly the American flag on my property is if I put it on a permanent 20 to 30-foot flagpole, which they have to permit."

Terry went on to explain how the city is now demanding an apology for his actions, and all after more than a year of small-business crushing COVID restrictions and government mandates.

"COVID was tough," Terry stated. "You know, we're in the restaurant business. COVID was tough on us. We succeeded. We made it through. We cut a lot of things, but we never cut an employee. We paid all our employees. I didn't take a paycheck for a year just to keep our employees on, because it was that important to me to keep things going. And, you know, you fight for a year, and you beat a pandemic, and then you have this little municipality with five trustees and a president, who just have no respect for small businesses. And right now, what I see is they have no respect for the republic and the United States ... I think it's terrible. The direction that government, at all levels, have taken us to this point, it's despicable."

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