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May 16, 2018

Show 3055 Dems ignore Venezuelan ‘lesson’ and Book, 'Suicide of The West' with Jonah Goldberg.

Segment 1- From the Glenn Beck Program

Socialism fail: Venezuelans eat dogs, cats, zoo animals as economy collapses, Dems ignore ‘lesson’

In socialist Venezuela the inflation rate, which was already by far the world’s highest, quadrupled in just the past two months. The economic crisis has left Venezuelans in an increasingly desperate and volatile situation.

How bad is it?

Hyperinflation in Venezuela has led to severe food shortages, record-high rates of violence, and a nearly collapsed public health system.

Violent looting and protests against the lack of food, drinking water, gas for cooking and lack of medicine have become increasingly widespread.

Online videos reveal people ransacking estates, killing cattle with stones and machetes. Others have been reduced to eating dogs and cats.

The public transport system has been reduced by 80 percent, making work and school commutes costly, dangerous or downright impossible.

Venezuelan zoos have resorted to slaughtering animals to feed others. Many zoos have have been hit by a series of animal thefts by people looking to salvage meat.

And yet, Progressives are still pushing for Socialism in the US?

“Progressives are making plans to push Democrats further to the left than they have ever been,” said Glenn on today’s show. “Socialism used to be something that only extremists talked about, but now the message is mainstream and supported by a vast majority of the country.”

Last month, a wealthy group of progressive donors met to discuss the future of the liberal movement. An invitation to the “Way to Win: 2022 Victory Party,” held during The Democracy Alliance‘s spring conference, read, “It’s 2022 and we are celebrating policy victories across the nation: Medicare for All and Free College, and next on the agenda is Reparations.”

“The group organizing this was called Democratic Alliance,” explained Glenn. “They are the Tides Foundation, just a newer version, funneling millions to progressive causes and groups on a massive scale. If they set the agenda, you can take it to the bank that the big names in the Democratic party will soon be parroting those policies. According to the recent conference, that agenda in includes a single-payer healthcare, free college and reparations.”

Watch the video clip above to get Glenn’s take on the crisis in Venezuela and its implications for the future of America.

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Segment 2- 'Suicide of The West' with Jonah Goldberg.

Glen Beck talks to author Jonah Goldberg about his book Suicide of the West

 

Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy

by Jonah Goldberg

 

Overview of the Book-

Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy by Jonah Goldberg

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“Epic and debate-shifting.” —David Brooks, New York Times

"More than any book published so far in this century, it deserves to be called a conservative classic." —Yuval Levin, National Review

With his trademark blend of political history, social science, economics, and pop culture, two-time NYT bestselling author, syndicated columnist, National Review senior editor, and American Enterprise Institute fellow Jonah Goldberg makes the timely case that America and other democracies are in peril as they lose the will to defend the values and institutions that sustain freedom and prosperity. Instead we are surrendering to populism, nationalism and other forms of tribalism. 
 
Only once in the last 250,000 years have humans stumbled upon a way to lift ourselves out of the endless cycle of poverty, hunger, and war that defines most of history—in 18th century England when we accidentally discovered the miracle of liberal democratic capitalism. 
 
As Americans we are doubly blessed that those radical ideas were written into the Constitution, laying the groundwork for our uniquely prosperous society: 
·         Our rights come from God not from the government.
·         The government belongs to us; we do not belong to the government.
·         The individual is sovereign. We are all captains of our own souls. 
·         The fruits of our labors belong to us.
 
In the last few decades, these political virtues have been turned into vices. As we are increasingly taught to view our traditions as a system of oppression, exploitation and “white privilege,” the principles of liberty and the rule of law are under attack from left and right.

At a moment when authoritarianism, tribalism, identity politics, nationalism, and cults of personality are rotting our democracy from within, Goldberg exposes the West’s suicidal tendencies on both sides of the ideological aisle. For the West to survive, we must renew our sense of gratitude for what our civilization has given us and rediscover the ideals that led us out of the bloody muck of the past – or back to the muck we will go.

Suicide is painless, liberty takes work.

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