LIARS: HOW PROGRESSIVES EXPLOIT OUR FEAR FOR POWER AND CONTROL
Glenn Beck, #1 bestselling author and radio host, reveals the cold truth behind the ideology of progressivism and how the tenets of this dangerous belief system are eroding the foundation of this country.
With two progressives on the ballot, we WILL have another progressive president in office. It is now more important than ever to recognize the progressive agenda. Progressives claim they stand for the future. The truth is, progressives actually represent the oldest impulse known to mankind: the pursuit of power, to dominate and to exploit. Get the facts you need to know to protect yourself from being exploited.
THERE ARE THREE MAIN PHASES TO THE PROGRESSIVE PLAN:
Organization and Infiltration
PHASE I: INFILTRATION
Phase I was the genesis of the modern progressive movement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It was launched by the cast of characters we covered at the beginning of this book, people such as Teddy Roosevelt, William Jennings Bryan, Margaret Sanger, Wayne Wheeler, John Dewey, and others. It got especially heated during the 1912 presidential election, when Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson tried to out-progressive each other. Wilson won out, and his administration was the first wave of the progressive movement. It would be followed by three more waves, each of which shared the following goals of the infiltration phase:
Goal 1: Organize groups for control. The collectivization of society began. Instead of focusing on individual rights and freedoms, progressives focused on organizing people into groups that set them apart. Sanger organized around “birth control” (i.e., eugenics), Wheeler organized around temperance, labor groups organized workers, and so on. This was the genesis of “community organizing,” and it has changed little from then to the days of Obama—herding people into groups, motivating them with fear.
Goal 2: Infiltrate. Slowly but deliberately, progressives inserted themselves into key American institutions, including the government, the labor movement, academia, the media, the military, and the courts. Progressives not only ran for high office, but they also made a point of inserting their operatives into a permanent government bureaucracy. They took control of the labor movement and of academia, which became a hotbed for progressivism at all levels. The leading “race-theory” eugenicists came from America’s top universities such as Princeton and Johns Hopkins, the latter of which was designed specifically to bring the “German university” model to the United States. Progressives such as Dewey influenced the education of the youngest Americans.
Goal 3: Weaken the social fabric. For the collectivization of society to succeed, the natural, organic fibers of our social fabric—faith, tradition, family, heritage—needed to be ripped apart. Progressives systematically drew wedges between different segments of society by collectivizing and organizing them against one another. And all with an unceasing agenda of political correctness to revise history and remove all traces of faith from public life.
Goal 4: Confuse the concept of right and wrong. Sometimes it feels as if we’re living in a moral house of mirrors—up means down, down means up, and everything is distorted. That is exactly how progressives want it. By preaching moral relativism and shaming us into thinking our traditions are wrong and outdated, by convincing us that our moral compass needs to “progress,” they can lead us ever closer to the final step of phase I . . .
Goal 5: Bring society to a state of near crisis. At some point, the confusion becomes too great, and those who could stand up to bring some sanity to the public sphere are successfully shamed into silence. The nation is brought to the edge of collapse so that progressives can step in and take power, all in a false-prophet effort to relieve people’s fears and anxieties.
Sowing Political Turmoil
PHASE II: SOWING POLITICAL TURMOIL
I believe this is where we are right now. This is the phase of turmoil that was accelerated by Obama and precedes the introduction of Chase’s Political System X. Look at the characteristics of this phase, and see if anything sounds familiar:
Allow chaos. Chaos is an essential ingredient for the eventual rise of a new order. Progressives and authoritarians of all stripes understand this. It’s why the Occupy movement was allowed to disrupt American cities for so long. It’s why leftist commentators such as Al Sharpton encourage protest movements that lead to rioting, looting, and communities in flames. It’s why violence breaks out at Trump rallies and the supposed leader offers to personally pay the perpetrators’ legal fees. Chaos is becoming part of our society, and their hope is that very soon we will call out for order.
Enforce negative stereotypes. This is an ongoing part of progressives’ efforts to divide our society. Efforts in the media, academia, and elsewhere—even in government—to shame certain segments of Americans are simply accepted. Concerned (peaceful) Americans in Tea Party groups are dismissed as radicals, while disenfranchised (and often violent) youths in Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter groups are held up as heroes. White people are automatically assumed to be racist, and the wealthy are assumed to be covetous and out to screw over everyone else. People of faith are seen to be hateful and closed-minded. Another stereotype frequently reinforced is that “white people are hate mongers” and racists, or faith-seekers are “backward” and closed-minded. We stop seeing each other as individual countrymen and simply as stereotypes.
Isolate, destroy, and discourage “truth.” Progressives have a narrative, and they’ve been sticking with it for more than a hundred years. If you attempt to question them, you must be stopped. That’s why those who attempt to explain their strategy are mocked, ridiculed, and condemned—as I’m sure this book will be by those who’d rather its message never got out.
Encourage reckless habits. Progressives want us to become ever more reliant on the government. In order to make that happen, they degrade our ability to rely on ourselves, even when we want to. Even something as rational as preparing for a natural disaster is mocked. Meanwhile, Americans are running themselves into debt—just like their government—and we are told that destructive personal habits should be accepted, or even embraced, as some states have legalized marijuana. Once these individual reckless behaviors get out of control, where are we all supposed to turn for help? To the government, of course.
Remain in shadows. It is important in phase II that progressives stay out of the spotlight or at least that they defend themselves as basically conventional liberals, offering no real damage to the country. They will have an important hand in controlling events, as they always have, but they are not yet ready to reveal themselves. The revolution is still in a gradualist phase at this point. It is difficult to say with certainty how long we will remain in phase II. We saw that phase I took more than a century, although phase II is by definition more fast-moving and likely will not last quite as long. Its end point is phase III, the total shift of our free-market, republican system of government into Political System X.
Political System X
PHASE III: POLITICAL SYSTEM X
Grab control for “protection.” This is the moment when progressives make their move in the open. When the reckless behavior that progressives have encouraged and the chaos that they have sown become overwhelming, they will arrive like the cavalry at the end of a western movie to save the day. But their help will come at a price: they will propose System X as the only way out of the mess.
“Liquidate” those who oppose or allies who have served their purpose. During phase II, we saw condemnation or marginalization of those who did not agree with the government line. Silencing of opponents is a hallmark of autocratic systems, from Nazi Germany to Soviet Russia (which Chase so admired) to fascist Italy (which Wilson’s adviser Colonel Edward House so admired). Wilson himself threw political opponents into jail when they spoke out against World War I, and FDR imprisoned Americans in camps just for sharing heritage with the Japanese enemies in World War II. Remember these lessons of history the next time someone tells you it can’t happen here.
Activate shadow system. This is the unveiling of the progressives who have been infiltrating government since the beginning. While it obviously won’t be the same individuals, inculcating a progressive culture in national institutions has produced ideological descendants of the Sangers and Wilsons and Roosevelts and Chases of the world, people like Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Now, in their moment of triumph, they’ll be able to show their true colors.
Remain in crisis mode. The crisis that began in phase II will never end, despite the promises made by the white knights coming in during phase III to rescue us. It can’t. After all, if the crisis goes away, people might forget how much they need their government to take care of them.
WHAT IS POLITICAL SYSTEM X?
What is Political System X? Stuart Chase was the author of the book A New Deal that inspired FDR’s policies. While working for Woodrow Wilson’s administration, Chase was caught organizing socialist activities as he was investigating meatpackers in Chicago and was subsequently denounced by the U.S. Senate as a “Red accountant” who had “inflated” government data to make the industry look bad.
Chase’s tactics demonstrated a fervent belief that the ends justified the means. Even if those means were illegal. Chase set out to convince Americans that constitutionalism and the free market were passé through his books and influence in FDR’s presidency.
Like all progressives Chase provided a systematic solution to a hypothetical crisis that had yet to materialize. There was just one problem: he couldn’t come up with a name for it.
Instead, he labeled America’s future system “something called X.” This Political System X, according to Chase, was already “displacing the system of free enterprise, all over the world.”
He offered a list of the “major characteristics” of this new system and to show just how close we have come to Chase’s utopian vision we also list which characteristics have already come to pass in the United States:
|POLITICAL SYSTEM X||U.S. IMPLEMENTATION|
|“A strong, centralized government.”||We obviously have a “strong, centralized government” that politicians of both parties have no compunction about expanding.|
|“An executive arm growing at the expense of the legislative and judicial arms. In some countries, power is consolidated in a dictator, issuing decrees.”||The executive branch of government is “growing at the expense of the legislative and judicial arms”; this should be plainly obvious after the Obama administration’s singular legacy of executive overreach.|
|“The control of banking, credit and security exchanges by the government.”||Government continues to exert “control of banking, credit and security exchanges,” and the recent Dodd-Frank legislation has only further cemented that.|
|“The underwriting of employment by the government, either through armaments or public works.”||Today’s government does not underwrite employment to the degree that Chase suggested, but the Obama administration’s stimulus package could be regarded as a failed attempt to do just that.|
|“The underwriting of social security by the government— old-age pensions, mothers’ pensions, unemployment insurance, and the like.”||The “underwriting of social security” and other social programs was realized as part of Johnson’s Great Society, which Chase supported enthusiastically in his later life.|
|“The underwriting of food, housing and medical care, by the government. The United States is already experimenting with providing these essentials. Other nations are far along the road.”||The prediction of government underwriting medical care has come true with a vengeance in the age of Obamacare.|
|“The use of the deficit spending technique to finance these underwritings. The annually balanced budget has lost its old-time sanctity.”||How about “use of the deficit spending technique to finance these underwritings”? Not even Chase could have conceived of a federal deficit of more than $500 billion, as is predicted for fiscal year 2017. Democratic and Republican politicians seem to agree with Chase’s assessment that the quaint notion of a balanced budget has “lost its old-time sanctity.”|
|“The abandonment of gold in favor of managed currencies.”||We achieved “the abandonment of gold in favor of managed currencies” under a Republican president when Richard Nixon took us off the gold standard in 1971.|
|“The control of foreign trade by the government, with increasing emphasis on bilateral agreements and barter deals.”||Government continues to have a hand in “the control of foreign trade.” Starting under FDR, Congress began regularly ceding its own authority on trade by granting the president authority to “fast-track” trade negotiations.|
|“The control of natural resources, with increasing emphasis on self-sufficiency.”
“The control of energy sources—hydroelectric power, coal, petroleum, natural gas.”
|As for the “control of natural resources” and “energy sources,” look no further than the environmental policies of the Obama administration. It propped up disastrous energy companies that t its own agenda (Solyndra, for example) and fought to systematically shut down entire projects (the Keystone Pipeline) and industries (coal, for example) that didn’t.|
|“The control of transportation—railway, highway, airway, waterway.”||“Railway, highway, airway [and] waterway” transportation have absolutely become more heavily regulated since Chase’s writing. The 1950s saw both the establishment of the FAA and the federalization of highways (under Republican Dwight Eisenhower). And 1971 saw the creation of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, or Amtrak, which is partially owned and subsidized by the government. Amtrak today holds a monopoly on passenger rail transportation in the United States.|
|“The control of agricultural production.”||Does the government completely “control” agriculture? No, but it does exercise some ridiculous regulatory controls over it. For instance, the Cherry Industry Administrative Board is a real-life government o ce funded by real-life tax dollars. In 2009, its machinations to control the U.S. cherry market forced farmers to dump 30 million pounds of fruit onto the ground to keep it out of the marketplace.|
|“The control of labor organizations, often to the point of prohibiting strikes.”||The government does not totally control the labor movement, either, but it’s worth nothing that Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO, visited the White House 104 times between 2009 and 2014. Instead of “control,” it’s likely more of a partnership.|
|“The enlistment of young men and women in youth corps devoted to health, discipline, community service and ideologies consistent with those of the authorities. The CCC camps have just inaugurated military drill.”||One of the most specific items is the establishment of “youth corps” to instill government ideology. Chase specifically mentioned the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), which ceased to exist in 1942. It’s hard to find a direct analogue today, but some alert Americans may have noticed similarities in 2012, when the administration created the FEMA Corps. Americans ages eighteen to twenty-four could sign up for training in “disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.” That is a benign enough goal, but the imagery of their graduation ceremony—photos showing rows of American youths wearing identical uniforms emblazoned with “FEMA Corps” seated before a giant government logo as they listened with rapt attention to a “deputy administrator”—conjured up some unpleasant associations.|
|“Heavy taxation, with special emphasis on the estates and incomes of the rich.”||Today’s government does not underwrite employment to the degree that Chase suggested, but the Obama administration’s stimulus package could be regarded as a failed attempt to do just that.|
|“Not much ‘taking over’ of property or industries in the old socialistic sense. The formula appears to be control without ownership. It is interesting to recall that the same formula is used by the great corporations in depriving stockholders of power.”||Chase mentioned government’s “control without ownership” of industries instead of “‘taking over’ . . . in the old socialistic sense.” This would be accomplished, of course, by government gradually inserting itself into the private sector through increased regulation. It’s the “new” form of socialistic control. Chase’s attempt to compare that to corporations “depriving stockholders of power” was awed socialist logic.|
|“The state control of communications and propaganda.”||When discussing “state control of communications and propaganda,” Chase himself mentioned the FCC, which still exists. But rather than control the media outright, the Obama administration prefers to circumvent or stymie it. In 2015, the Associated Press reported that “the Obama administration more often than ever censored government les or outright denied access to them under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.” Former Washington
Post editor Leonard Downie, Jr., wrote in a report for the Committee to Protect Journalists that Obama’s “efforts to control information are the most aggressive I’ve seen since the Nixon administration.” Meanwhile, the administration uses its own social-media platform to break its own news directly from the White House without the filter of the press, which some might characterize as propaganda.
About the Book
WHY DO WE ACCEPT THE LIES?
Politics is no longer about pointing to a shining city on the hill; it’s about promising you a shiny new car for your driveway. The candidate who tells the people what they want to hear is usually the one who wins – facts be damned.
Politicians may be sleazy and spineless, but they’re not stupid. They see that the way to win is by first telling people everything that is wrong with the world, and then painting a vision of the life they want – a Utopian vision that they’ll create right here on earth, one where no one is ever sick or hungry, jobless or homeless. All we have to do is surrender our freedom and someone else’s wallet and they’ll make it happen.
And so they continue to lie, and we continue to believe them, and they keep winning elections.
The only way to break the cycle is to understand why Americans fall for the deception over and over again. In Liars, #1 bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio host Glenn Beck reveals the startlingly simple answer: fear.
At our most basic level, we’re all afraid of something. I’m afraid of being shot! I’m scared that warm weather will melt the ice caps! I’m scared of being called a racist, or a xenophobe, or a homophobe, or an Islamaphobe. I’m scared of hurting someone’s feelings. I’m afraid of dying!
Progressives from both parties exploit this by first pointing out the things we should be afraid of, and then offering us ‘solutions’ to these fears. Solutions that always require us to give up our freedoms. Solutions that are based on two things: lies, and an unrelenting hunger for power and control.
In his signature no-holds-barred way, Beck destroys the false promises of Progressivism and takes us through its history, showing how each “wave” built up on the one before it, ultimately washing up to the beach in the form of Barack Obama – and whoever is next.
Beck then takes on some of the most pervasive lies we always seem to hear about an ideology that is the supposed champion for minorities, the impoverished, and the greater good.
…WANT GUN CONTROL TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN
…CARE MORE ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT THAN ANYONE
…RESPECT OUR FOUNDERS AND THE CONSTITUTION
…DON’T INCLUDE ANY REPUBLICANS
…BELIEVE ALL PEOPLE ARE EQUAL
These are all false. It’s time people understand that progressivism isn’t about the Left (or the Right), it’s about all of them—but, most important, it’s about all of us. If we can be courageous enough to realize that solving our problems is our responsibility, the shiny veneer of progressive thought will fall apart faster than the city of Detroit did under progressive leadership.
Self-reliance. Independence. Charity. Compassion. Kindness. These are the antidotes to the disease of progressivism. Liars will show you how to spread it.