I transcribed the below talk by Glenn Beck from his podcast on Monday, 17 June 2019. On his website, which he references in his talk, regarding his request for the five books that you would preserve, he writes:
“We are living in a day and age when technology makes life so much easier for us than those who have come before. Individuals all have a voice and are their own publisher, and messages can be shared to all corners of the earth. But what happens when tech turns political and voices can be silenced with a single keystroke or tweak to an algorithm?
Forget book burning, digital erasure is a far more effective way to make sure only the popular or politically correct speech is heard.
Join us in preserving hard copies of the most important books and submit the titles you feel are needed to keep the wisdom of the ages alive and well.”
GLENN BECK: For instance, we should all have The Geneva Bible. You should have The King James Bible, but also The Geneva Bible because that’s the one that led us into freedom. David Barton has a good version of this. It’s The Patriot’s Bible, where it explains it in today’s language. You need to have a Geneva Bible or a Patriot’s Bible from David Barton.
You need to have a King James Version because who knows how those things are changed or if they’re just outlawed. Wealth of Nations along with Moral Sentiments. If we are looking at a bunch of people who say that capitalism is bad and the free market just needs to be destroyed, you have to destroy Wealth of Nations. We’ve already destroyed Moral Sentiments. Those are both by Adam Smith. You need both of them together because Moral Sentiments is what keeps the wealth of nations actually happening because it makes it more moral.
Road To Serfdom. You can’t have a Road To Serfdom. You can’t have Mark Twain. How about Churchill by Boris Johnson? Churchill is going to be destroyed. Now, you need to have both sides. And, I don’t remember, it’s the Empire something; I can’t remember, but I’ll find it. The way Churchill was looked at in India, which is true! He was a bad guy in India. So, you have to have both.
I just think that there are so many books that we need to preserve that could so easily be wiped out. Again, you don’t own your library if it is on Kindle, Google books. They can take them. They own it. You’re renting. I know it says “buy this book,” but you don’t own it. They can just remove it.
So, we need to look at the things that are really about America, about the truths of America, about the truths that are so easily being lost right now. I think Coming Apart by Charles Murray is a really important book because it shows what was happening to us. It shows all those controversial things that nobody wanted to talk about, that shows the original divide.
I think we need books like Gregg Easterbrook books—It’s Better Than It Looks, or, Stu, what’s the one that you would say? What’s his name—that is the really positive—Stephen Pinker, and the positive look at the West. That’s all going to be destroyed. You can’t let that out there.
Now, this is obviously for crazy scenarios. This is for the losing of voices. But, we’re seeing the losing of voices. We’re seeing the loss of Stephen Crowder. My voice. Rush’s voice. Sean’s voice. Mark Levin’s voice. Any of these voices that will try to stand. We have a shot of being erased into a digital ghetto.
You need to preserve these things. Somebody needs to hold on to them, and I think this goes back to an early prompting of mine—clay pots. It’s why we started our museum, because somebody has to preserve the good and the bad.
By the way, we’re doing a museum. It opens the last week of June and goes through the seventh of July, and it’s under Mercury Studios. It’s a quick pop-up museum about the history with Abraham Lincoln and slaves and racism. It asks the question: “What is racism?” Is that an American problem? What is slavery? Is that an American problem? What are these things? How do they start? What does it mean? Are they done?
And, it is very powerful, and, quite honestly—quite controversial, I think, because it tells the truth, and I have a feeling we’re going to get a lot of pushback on it. But, we’ll see. Please come and see our museum. You will see the real Gettysburg Address, the real Emancipation Proclamation, and it’s only open for a few days at the Mercury Studios. You can find tickets now at mercuryone.org. But, bring your family and learn the truth.
I also would like to know, if you had to preserve the Nation, if you had to tell its story— We obviously would put the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence in there. We would put the Federalist Papers. Everyone should have the Federalist Papers in there.
But, what books need to be saved, both good and bad, from digital ghettoization, or like we will talk about coming up in just a second? What the real point of the story from the New York Times this weekend on Donald Trump— The point of the story with Russia is that we are trying to be in place with Russia and other countries, where we can shut all electronics down, all electricity, everything, just shut it all down. Because that’s the way, according to Putin, the next war will be fought. It will be fought with ones and zeroes. So, how do we shut everything down? Well, if you shut everything down, you lose everything.
So, I want you to please help us with this project. Go to glennbeck.com/savebooks and submit the books that you think need to be preserved the most. Just give us the name of the book and why you think it needs to be preserved. Glennbeck.com/savebooks . Go there now.
I’d also like to know who would you like to talk to or hear talk about their books because I’m going to write different people and say: “If you could save only five books, what would the five most important books be, to preserve the West?” And, if you have someone that you would like to hear from, let me know on that, as well. Again, it’s glennbeck.com/savebooks.
For the record, the five books (or sets of books) that I chose (other than the obvious inclusion of The Bible were: Fahrenheit 451, The Odyssey (tr. Robert Graves), The Phenomenon of Man by Teilhard de Chardin, The Compact Version of the Oxford English Dictionary (two volumes), and The Great Ideas: Great Books of the Western World (54 volumes). –s.a. bort