Glenn Beck’s 2014 Predictions Were Insane and Wrong—and He Has More Power Now Than Ever Before
Here’s a fun one: Five years ago, John H. Richardson wrote about what Glenn Beck thought American life would look like in 2014. Glenn Beck was about as wrong as is humanly possible.
“Let’s look at our first scenario,” Beck began. “It’s the financial meltdown. The year is 2014. All the U.S. banks have been nationalized. Unemployment is about between 12 percent and 20 percent. Dow is trading at 2,800. The real estate market has collapsed. Government and unions control most of the business, and America’s credit rating has been downgraded.”
His guests fill in the outline. Society disintegrates, people are ignorant and whacked out on drugs, they have nothing to lose. The “survivalist types that trust in America as it currently exists” lose faith and start developing “their own biofuel, that type of stuff to survive.”
If you’re wondering where Glenn Beck went, he’s created a booming website called “The Blaze.” The Blaze cribs headline writing and SEO techniques from places like Reddit and Buzzfeed, but retains the same journalistic integrity and loose grip on reality as a guy wearing a sandwich board outside the Super Bowl.