“If no one taught me what socialism really was, I’d be all for it too.”
Glenn Beck says he understands why the message is so appealing to young people. It’s more than just democratic mainstays Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thrusting far left-wing socialism into the national political conversation. With a young generation growing up largely educated by left-leaning progressives hostile to capitalism, it should come as no surprise they find socialism talking points appealing.
Beck says it’s more important now than ever to fight back against this deadly ideology. His new book “Arguing With Socialists” is a tool designed to help people do just that by providing a robust, researched, and definitive deconstruction of a political philosophy that has led to disaster every time it has been attempted.
Beck joined Faithwire Managing Editor (and former Beck writer) Dan Andros to discuss why now is the time to fight back.
“It’s now more important than ever,” Beck began. “If you’re 25 years old, you were born and you don’t remember when the Murrah building was blown up by Timothy McVeigh. You might remember 9/11 but you don’t really remember what the world was like before it. Then, you really started to come to age with 2008 and you’re seeing your parents lose a job and the government bailing out banks. Now at 25, the COVID crisis and you’re entering a depression. If you were born 25 years ago you’ve never seen a stable economy you’ve never seen an America that worked for the working man. You have seen crony capitalism. And quite honestly, if no one really taught me what socialism was I’d be all for it too because this doesn’t work, what we’re doing,” he concluded.
When asked how far away we are from socialism in America, Beck said it’s already here. He explains how things like big tech companies using the coronavirus pandemic to partner with the government and the fed printing money and practicing “modern monetary theory” show we’ve long moved away from true capitalism. At best, we have crony capitalism, which Beck said: “isn’t working.” He also added a warning that we’re on the verge of government having “total control of the monetary system” and “total control of the markets.”
“Technology and modern monetary theory make socialism more dangerous than ever,” Beck argued, while expressing concern that the current coronavirus pandemic is providing ample opportunities for those who’d like to see the size and scope of government increased.
Beck recalled a prediction about ten years ago, when he worried that all it would take is a “dislodging factor” to cause panic, fear and economic strife — and that’s what bad actors in the government will use to broaden powers.
One of the areas he sees as a concern is with something called “Modern Monetary Theory” which Beck says is “THE socialist hot button” topic. The theory, he says, “isn’t so modern.” It’s the fed printing more and more money. Beck also expressed concern about the growing partnership between big tech companies like Google and Facebook during the pandemic. “It’s happening right now and it’s happening because of the coronavirus. There is a partnership between the two right now and they feed each other. It’s truly terrifying.”