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February 2017

Culture/History

Dwight MacDonald: His Own Man

In his lifetime, journalist Dwight MacDonald was regarded by his fellow New York intellectual crowd as an ambulance-chasing ideologue. From Macy’s employee to Trotskyite to liberal anti-communist to anarchist to born-again New Leftist, MacDonald gave the appearance of being intellectually promiscuous. The reality, though, is that MacDonald was the best kind of journalist: intellectually rigorous, unwilling to embrace dogmatism in any form, unworried about whether he was providing ammunition to the “enemy,” be they left or right. A graduate of Yale (which, by itself, separated himself from his group, The New York Intellectuals, who were composed primarily of Jews who… Keep Reading

Culture/Philosophy

Ending The Free Speech “Victim’s Mentality” On Campus

Benjamin Franklin once wrote that “Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government: When this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.” Liu Xiaobo, in challenging the oppression of Chinese communism, said, “Free expression is the base of human rights, the root of human nature and the mother of truth. To kill free speech is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature and to suppress [the] truth.” Louis D. Brandeis, a U.S. Supreme Court justice appointed by Woodrow Wilson, proclaimed that “It is the… Keep Reading

Culture/History

Bogart: Communist Dupe

In 1947, actor Humphrey Bogart, who had just signed with Warner Brothers the most lucrative contract in the history of motion pictures, awoke to see his picture on the front page of the Daily Worker praising him as a fighter for the Communist Party. An FDR liberal, Bogart had as little sympathy for communism, he once stated, as J.Edgar Hoover. What prompted his photo on the flagship paper of the American Communist Party was Bogart, along with his new wife, Lauren Bacall, organizing the Committee for the First Amendment, a group of liberals formed to defend ten industry figures subpoenaed… Keep Reading

History/Politics

Lionel Trilling: Cold War Prophet

Depending who wants to claim as one of their own, literary critic Lionel Trilling has been called a conservative, a neoconservative (a direction we are assured by neocons of where he was headed before his death in 1975), and a liberal anti-communist. One thing missed in this game of ideological scrabble is how much of a Cold War prophet Trilling was in point of fact. This is evidenced by his one and only novel, The Middle of the Journey, now seventy years old. When it debuted in 1947, the novel came and went, garnering praise only in England. And so… Keep Reading

Culture/History

Exploiting His Race: Paul Robeson

When African-American writer and communist Richard Wright was physically expelled by his comrades during a May Day parade in 1937, he concluded that he “would always be for them, but they would not be for him.” He quietly left the Party but would not go public with his departure until 1944. What earned Wright the violence from the marchers was his determination to write as an African-American first and as a Party member second. Such a view was verboten in the Party despite their loud clamor about civil rights for blacks. Keep Reading

Culture/History

Whittaker Chambers: Crusading Journalist

Because of his role in outing Soviet spy Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers’ other career, not that of paid witness he would become, has been overshadowed. For Chambers was a journalist par excellence. He had the distinction of having written for the New Masses, Time, and National Review. At the time of his testimony, he was a highly-paid writer at Time. The pro-Hiss left no doubt wishes he’d stayed at the typewriter rather than appearing behind a congressional microphone. Without Chambers, the Hiss case would never have gotten off the ground and Chambers would have toiled away his remaining days writing… Keep Reading

Politics

Trump Doubles Down On Regulatory Reform

On Friday, the media was clamoring about President Trump’s unfair treatment of them. However, this was not the important news story of the day. The important story was Donald Trump’s unprecedented step towards fulfilling his campaign promise of reducing the regulatory burden in this country. Trump Signs Executive Order to Enforce His Regulatory Reform Agenda On January 30, 2017, Trump signed an executive order dealing with regulatory reform. This executive order required federal agencies to eliminate two regulations for every new regulation that is introduced. On February 24, 2017, Trump doubled down with a new executive order that created a… Keep Reading

Politics

Back To Reality

While campaigning, two of President Trump’s promises were to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and bomb the living hell out of ISIS. Promises made based on failed healthcare policies and the Obama Administration’s sad efforts toward ridding the world of Islamic terrorists. Trump also vowed to overturn many policies and programs former President Barack Obama instituted during his eight-year reign. Recently, Trump crossed off another one from his long list, overturning the short-lived specialized guidelines for the transgender community. With all the changes taking place, it seems like a modern-day remake of “Back to the Future”. Not the first… Keep Reading

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Politics

The Deep State Attempts a Coup

Hitler’s 1923 coup attempt, best known as the Beer Hall Putsch, was only a nominal failure. The immediate result was his arrest, trial, and conviction, though his sentence was barely carried out. The long-term effect was to inspire in him the belief that power is best achieved through engagement with the ruling regime and existing democratic apparatus. Ten years later, his goal was accomplished by way of his legitimate but coercive ascendancy to the Chancellorship and the implementation of the Enabling Act. World War II put an end to his ambitions but Hitler’s prowess in actualizing his aspirations within the… Keep Reading

Culture/Philosophy/Tech

A Review Of “Noble Savages” By Napoleon Chagnon

For those that aren’t aware: I am an anthropologist by training. And as you are all well aware, I am something of a “shitlord”. These two traits are corroborated in more than a few esteemed members of this field of anthropology, and should be corroborated in all anthropologists-in fact, I will go as far as to say that anthropology, a subject that deals with the deepest of modern taboos (namely: the biological realities of the human species and different populations and clades therein) should be the “shitlordiest” of all academic disciplines. Unfortunately, and ironically, it is, in fact, responsible for a lot of… Keep Reading

Culture/Philosophy/Politics

The Right To Kill Your Equal

We all enter the world through a woman and (spoiler alert) everyone dies. Regardless of how you exit this world (natural causes or freak accident), no human being is immortal. We’re all here today and gone tomorrow. Aside from various man-created hierarchies, are there any universal categories to determine who’s greatest among us? Is someone’s significance based on: • What family they’re from? • Their level of attractiveness? • What their occupation is? • How financially stable they are? All these categories are based on one person’s opinion over another’s. Humans are notorious for judging one another based on this… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

Islam, Not Trump, Is The Elephant In The Room, Threatening Jewish Survival

As a Jew on the libertarian Right, I am sickened by the compulsion of some American Jews to force President Donald Trump to convulse over Jewish angst. The Anti-Defamation League and other largely self-anointed representatives of Jewish interests are kvetching, accusing the President of not making it abundantly clear that he will not tolerate violence against Jews. #AnswerTheQuestion is the dramatic, petulant hashtag these nudniks have tweeted out. Apparently, President Trump must spell out, tweet out, and beat on the breast at every opportunity to showcase his abhorrence for the specter of Jewish community centers, cemeteries, businesses, and places of worship… Keep Reading

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Culture/Politics

The Cannabis Market Is Still Very Much Open For Business Under President Trump

When former Sen. Jeff Sessions was announced as Trump’s pick for Attorney General, many leftists and even some libertarians cried foul. This would be the end of marijuana legalization, they claimed! Others claimed that he was the big bad racist boogeyman who loved the Klan. The histrionics were almost unbearable. Nevertheless, their whining and their crying did woefully little to stop the confirmation of Sessions. After he was confirmed, news reports have circulated indicating that the Attorney General under Trump will be focused on taking out serious drug cartels while leaving the recreational marijuana industry relatively unscathed. The U.S. News… Keep Reading

Politics

Judd Apatow Compares Election Of Donald Trump To Getting Raped

It’s no big secret that Hollywood is dominantly liberal. When it was clear that President Donald Trump was a viable force in the political mainstream, the celebrity elite entered a state of total meltdown. Although it has yet to occur, many liberal celebrities even pledged to flee the country to Canada if the controversial businessman ever found his way to the White House. Now that he’s President and able to enact his agenda, Hollywood’s cries have grown worse with stronger meltdowns. The extremes those within the celebrity mainstream will go to know no lows. Keep Reading

News

Hate Crime At ISFLC ’17: Antifa Leftist Ambushes Ethnic Trump Supporter

The events at the International Students for Liberty Conference (ISFLC) took a turn for the worse after the Saturday program concluded. Despite the ISFLC purporting itself to be an inclusive and diverse gathering, a hate attack took place in the morning hours that followed in the Marriott Wardman Park hotel where the event was held. John Lindley, self-described “anti-fascist” and Students for Liberty mainstay, sucker punched Turning Point USA ‘Latino Leadership Caucus’ member Cesar Subervi in the face in the hotel lobby on Sunday morning. After skirmishing the night before, the men were forced to be separated. The encounter prompted… Keep Reading

Politics

Senator Rand Paul Says America Is Lucky Warmonger John McCain Isn’t President

Throughout the election cycle, Donald Trump often clashed with members of his own political party over policy and tactics. A number of proposals by the controversial then-candidate were unsettling, and the tactics would put career politicians in uncomfortable positions. When Trump was a candidate, it was easier for politicians to disavow him. Believing he was never going to win made it easy to keep him at a distance. Now that he’s President, Republican politicians have been forced to come up to bat and play ball for Team Trump. Some, like failed presidential candidate Senator John McCain, refuse to work with… Keep Reading

Culture

Standing With Milo Yiannopoulos Against Media Witch Hunt

The political arena becomes more Machiavellian with each passing day. This week’s firestorm includes controversial journalist and provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, who was accused of defending pedophilia and child sex. Milo is already experiencing immense fallout from this media-generated outrage. The political establishment has embarked on a witch-hunt against Milo like never before. Sadly, it looks like the sphere originated from “conservative” media outlets and pundits who were prominent Donald Trump critics over the past year. Already, Milo lost his book deal with Simon & Schuster and was dropped as the keynote speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Keep Reading

Politics/Tech

High-Tech Traitors Are Social Justice Warriors 1st; Businessmen 2nd

“More than 100 companies, including most of high-tech’s biggest names,” have threatened to “move jobs outside the United States,” unless they get their way. What do they want? They want President Trump to give up on “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” the POTUS’s Executive Order, currently being refined to withstand legal challenges from these and related special interests. Where will America’s “tech titans” go? Presumably to the banned countries, without whose high-tech talent our companies cannot do business. Or, so their antics imply. Washington State, which led the charge against President Trump’s “travel ban”… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

Is The Mainstream Media The Enemy Of The American People?

Since he first declared his candidacy for President of the United States, Donald Trump has been no stranger to controversy. Time and time again, throughout the campaign cycle and even now as President, he is unafraid to shake the foundations of the political establishment. One ongoing conversation that has sparked, thanks to the rise of Trump, is the role of the mainstream media. While conservatives have generally labeled the mainstream media as a left-leaning propaganda machine, there has been a renewed reevaluation of the networks and the journalists that the country relies on to bring us the news. Keep Reading

News

Richard Spencer Nearly Starts A Riot At Students For Liberty Conference

Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute, who achieved national infamy last year after he conducted a “Hail Trump” display that was seized upon by the mainstream media, sparked a large display of outrage at the International Students for Liberty Conference (ISFLC) – just by merely showing up at the hotel bar! Invited by the recently-formed Hans Hermann Hoppe Caucus, Spencer appeared for an impromptu “breakout session” in the hotel bar where ISFLC was taking place. Receiving well over 50 attendees, Spencer’s appearance ended up being one of the most well-attended breakout sessions of the entire weekend, and created controversy,… Keep Reading

News

Fearing Possible Walkout, Sen. Rand Paul No-Shows Students For Liberty Conference

In an abrupt and unexpected maneuver, Sen. Rand Paul no-showed at the 2017 International Students for Liberty Conference (ISFLC) in Washington D.C. tonight. The reason given by event organizers was that he was busy with an important Senate vote, but records suggest that no such vote was taking place. Wolf von Laer, President of Students for Liberty, claimed that Sen. Rand Paul couldn’t make the conference due to pressing Senate business. However, the United States Senate Floor’s Twitter account reported that the body had adjourned at 1:54 pm in the afternoon, leaving attendees to speculate about the real reason why Rand… Keep Reading

Politics

Revolt, Not Racism Behind Trump’s Rise

Donald Trump’s inauguration has been taken as a call to arms by millions across the world who fear the newly minted President threatens to wind back the clock on the hard-fought progressive victories of the past century. The fear is that Trump’s victory signals the rise of a brutish new nationalism, epitomized by Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration, mooted deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants and vulgarian asides about the fairer of the two sexes. Yet fresh post-election polling suggests prophecies of a 21st-century throwback to the days of uber-nationalism and retrograde chauvinism are overblown. A survey conducted by… Keep Reading

Culture/Philosophy

We Were Already Living In Brave New World

In the last couple of weeks, it has been something of a big “human interest” story that people have been buying George Orwell’s 1984 en masse in a reaction to the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Naturally, commentators have flocked to this, clucking that this is proof that dystopia is looming above us, that we’re soon going to be visited by the Ministries of Truth and Love, and, of course, that we have always been at war with Eurasia I’m not going to get into how essentially every Republican has been accused of this since… Keep Reading

Politics

Trump’s America Is a Land Of Opportunity For Crafty Libertarians

Whether you like it or you love it, the Trump era is upon us. There is no escaping now, and it’s going to be a wild ride. Many libertarians are finding it difficult to find where they fit within this new paradigm of excitement and insanity that the Donald has thrust upon us. There is no need to fret, though. Libertarians can easily find a juicy new angle that will allow them to promote their beliefs and keep them fresh as they wade into Trump’s unchartered waters. Thus far, Trump has been a mixed bag from a libertarian perspective when… Keep Reading

Politics

The Southern Avenger Predicted The Alt Right In 2009

It was 2009 and the freshness of the liberty movement was still in the air with hope on the horizon, even with the recent election of Barack Obama as President. The liberty movement was an organized group on the right that would push back against the status quo; an alternative right of sorts. At least that’s what the once fiery paleolibertarian writer Jack Hunter called it back in 2009. A movement he could be proud of, with the likes of Paulites and Buchanites, who could deliver a huge blow to the neoconservatives and left alike. This alt-right in its infancy stage… Keep Reading

Politics

Turning Point Launches New Expansion Into Canada

In the wake of the upcoming Conservative Party of Canada leadership election, Chicago-based conservative youth organization Turning Point USA has announced a groundbreaking expansion into Canada. Several Turning Point staffers with extensive knowledge of the new project spoke exclusively to The Liberty Conservative regarding it. Joshua Thifault, Advancement Director at Turning Point USA, said TP Canada’s launch was spurred by popular demand: “Turning Point Canada came about because so many Canadian students asked us to make resources available to them.” Keep Reading

Politics

Roy Blunt Is Right To Investigate Russian Ties

On Monday night, General Michael Flynn formally stepped down from his position as National Security Advisor for the Trump administration. One Republican called for a further investigation, and should not be castigated. Michael Flynn had been under fire for weeks from outlets like the Washington Post for speaking to Russia about sanctions before President Donald Trump was inaugurated and lying about it. He issued a letter of resignation and Trump accepted Monday. The reason given for the resignation was that Flynn had given “incomplete information” to Vice President Mike Pence. Not knowing the extent of Flynn’s contact with Russia caused… Keep Reading

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Politics

Hypocrisy At The Heart Of The Left

There exists no dearth of outrage on the Left toward the perceived hypocrisy of President Donald Trump and the Republican Party at large. Mr. Trump, they remind us, was elected due to a number of campaign promises, not least of them was the pledge to “drain the swamp”, a not-so-thinly-veiled allusion to the pervasive influence of lobbyists and career politicians infesting the halls of power in Washington, D.C. Mr. Trump’s cabinet nominees, particularly Steve Mnuchin and Betsy DeVos, are stark examples in the minds of leftists that our president has broken his word. The Left is correct, from time to… Keep Reading

Politics

House Agriculture Committee To Discuss Placing Restrictions On SNAP

With President Donald Trump quickly fulfilling promises made on his campaign trail (from cutting down a number of federal regulations present today to ordering a withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership), we can expect fast changes to be made to inefficient welfare programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).  SNAP has been called out multiple times by President Trump and other well-known conservatives for reform. The House Agriculture Committee comes together this Thursday to debate placing food restrictions onto the program. Keep Reading

Culture

Celebs Bash Trump At Grammys, Ruin Entertainment

At the annual Grammy Awards ceremony Sunday night, things got political before the event even started. Singer Joy Villa entered the venue wearing a red and blue dress with ‘Make America Great Again’ emblazoned on the front and ‘Trump’ on the back. Every leftist in attendance simultaneously decided that entertainment and politics really shouldn’t mix. Soon after, the Left decided that using entertainment to ‘speak out’ was a good idea again as Grammy host and actor James Corden opened the show by telling the audience, “We can survive by sticking together.” Beyoncé followed up the Trump bashing by saying, “Our… Keep Reading

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History/Politics

The Fascism Of The Lawless Left

The birthplace of the free speech movement, UC Berkeley, was desecrated recently by a platoon of masked cowards who set fires, smashed windows, and assaulted peaceful people who had gathered there to hear a talk by infamous internet maven, Milo Yiannopoulos. Their efforts were successful: Milo canceled his appearance and the perpetrators of the inexcusable violence faded into the night. Not a single arrest was made in a stunning instance of law enforcement joining the lawless to make a mockery of the rule of law. These terrorists are not some modern version of good Samaritans, they are mercenaries, they are… Keep Reading

Politics

What Do They Want From This Lady?

I just witnessed on TV a crowd of Black-Lives-Matter demonstrators protesting the arrival of our newly confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at a predominantly black public school in Southwest Washington. The following questions immediately came to mind as I looked at this scene—in total wonderment. Why would Black Lives Matter zealots be up in arms against Ms. DeVos, who has done absolutely nothing to offend them? Why were, among other sometimes violent demonstrators, blacks screaming “shame!” at this middle-aged lady? If the demonstrators were concerned that policemen are unfairly targeting black youth, then the new Secretary of Education has nothing… Keep Reading

Politics

Coequal In Tyranny: The Ninth Circuit’s Rules For Radicals

Read the judicial rules for radicals issued by the United States Court Of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in affirmation of the ban on The Ban. It follows the Executive Order issued by President Donald Trump, with the imprimatur of 62 million voters, to protect the nation from foreign terrorists entering the United States. Two states objected to the president’s undeniably badly written Order, which, while upholding negative rights—and neither denying natural rights nor minting positive ones—was nevertheless replete with administrative errors. Acting as coequal partners in the administrative tyranny the president is trying to break, the two states issued… Keep Reading

Philosophy

What I Learned From “The Art Of The Deal”

With the election of Donald Trump (your president and mine!), I decided that it has become increasingly relevant for us all to read some of his books to get an idea of how the man “ticks”. And so I picked up The Art of the Deal. Having done so, I can say that I’m glad: for while some of the book should be looked at skeptically (as should some of what Trump is saying in his presidency), as a whole, this book will provide some pretty solid advice on business and life in general, as well as, perhaps inadvertently, reveal… Keep Reading

Politics

Democrats Are Winning Even Though Trump’s Appointments Are Being Confirmed

Senate Democrats have shut down the Trump administration. Even though Republicans hold a majority on the Senate floor, Democrats have been able to stop Trump’s political appointments. As President, Trump is entitled to make over 1,200 political appointments that must be approved by the Senate. Thanks to former Senator Harry Reid, it only takes 51 votes to break a filibuster. However, under the Byrd Amendment, after the filibuster is broken, 30 hours must elapse before the final vote can occur. On Monday, February 6, the Senate started the current marathon session. By Saturday, the Senate will have only been able… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

Are Liberals Turned-On By Turning The Other (Gluteus Maximus) Cheek?

A Norwegian male was raped by a Somali asylum seeker. The last term—Somali asylum seeker—is something of a contradiction, like the first (Norwegian man). The asylum-seeker honorific is given to practically anyone from Africa or the Middle-East who washes up on Continental Europe’s shores. The politician, Karsten Nordal Hauken, who says he’s heterosexual, went public with the details of his awful ordeal. “I was raped by a Somalian asylum seeker,” he wrote in a Norwegian newspaper. “My life fell into ruin.” But it was Nordal Hauken, not his assailant, who proceeded to assault sensibilities with a confession that rivals the crime… Keep Reading

Law/Politics

If You Don’t Like President Trump’s Power, Why Did You Give It To Him?

As the Democratic establishment and liberal activists across the country march in the streets and flood airports in protest of President Donald Trump’s immigration and national security policies, many fail to realize their complacency in what has taken place over the course of the last eight years. While in office, President Obama drastically expanded his executive authority in a variety of ways, finalizing over 560 major regulations, or regulations with significant economic or social impacts. He worked to restructure our national healthcare and banking industries, for better or for worse. He continued the tradition of warring with other countries without… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

Ideology Trumps Reality

If you were to ask the average American what they think is the most pressing problem facing the United States, the answers will vary. “We live in a patriarchal society. Women still make 77 cents for every dollar made by their male counterparts! These republicans hate women!” “The world is a very dangerous place. National security should be first and foremost amongst our priorities! These democrats want to make us less safe!” “The average voter just doesn’t understand politics and economics. If they would just gain some basic knowledge, they would vote for better candidates! Neither party gets it!” In… Keep Reading

Politics

Firm Linked To Globalist George Soros Funded Anti-Trump Republicans

Employees of a hedge fund founded by globalist billionaire George Soros donated thousands of dollars to numerous high-level anti-Trump Republicans in 2016, according to a report by the Center for Responsive Politics. Soros Fund Management was originally founded as a hedge fund by George Soros in 1969; in order to avoid reporting requirements under the Dodd-Frank Act, Soros reformed the fund into a family office in 2011. The Soros Fund once acted as an advisor to the Quantum Group of Funds, a privately owned group of hedge funds based in the Cayman Islands and Curaçao in the former Netherlands Antilles. It… Keep Reading

Law/Politics

The Senate Should Confirm Jeff Sessions

“The ultimate responsibility of the Attorney General and the Department of Justice is to execute the laws passed by this Congress and to follow the Constitution in that process.” Those are the words of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 11th. Sessions was nominated by President Trump to become the nation’s next Attorney General. Last week, after numerous stall tactics by Senate Democrats, Sessions’ nomination advanced out of the Judiciary Committee by a party-line vote. His nomination now goes to a vote by the full Senate, which is scheduled for later this… Keep Reading

Culture/Philosophy

The Pro-Choice Terminology Deception

“My body, my choice! My body, my choice!” The popular slogan chanted by pro-choice supporters during pro-life gatherings is a defiant declaration to all anti-abortion advocates and lawmakers, a woman’s uterus is off limits to any and all government regulations. It’s a statement which – supposedly – represents freedom for all women to decide the fate of an unborn child. Yet, upon a closer review, when you compare the phrase with how abortion supporters actually apply it, the freedom to choose is not what the phrase represents. If abortion supporters were really about choice, they certainly wouldn’t be offended by those who believe that every child… Keep Reading

Politics

The Importance Of Language: Leftist Thugs Are Terrorists, Not “Protesters,” “Snowflakes”

While violence has always had a home on the political left, and while the Left in America has been engaging in violence from at least the time of the late 1960’s, forces on the thuggish left became emboldened during Obama’s tenure in the White House. Within the last year or so, they have become especially brash and merciless toward Trump supporters. This came to a head at Berkeley a few nights ago when “protesters” prevented provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos from delivering a planned speech. Mobs of anti-Milo and anti-Trump demonstrators were on the scene. No small number were self-described “anti-fascists” (or… Keep Reading

Philosophy/Politics/World

Disabled Lawmaker Speaks Out Against Aborting Babies Because Of Disabilities

Abortion continues to be a controversial topic in society. For progressive extremists and liberal feminists, the practice is seen as a woman’s rights issue. But for many others, it is an issue about life and the right of an unborn child to live. The reasons why women get abortions vary. Some do it because of the child being doomed to death or because their own life is in danger. Others choose abortion because they simply do not want a child and, rather than at least give the child a chance at life through adoption, they opt for the inhumane medical… Keep Reading

Politics

No Strike!? You’re Out – Online Wagering Is Your Right.

Microaggression – Noun A comment or action that is subtly and often unintentionally hostile or demeaning to a member of a minority or marginalized group It was with much gusto that I discovered “Strike! Real Money Bowling” over the Holidays in Boston. An iOS app that allows the user to play an online bowling game for cash. I deposited 10 dollars and had a blast. Then I returned to Chicago, Illinois. “Real Money is Not Allowed in Your Area,” said the app. Excuse me? Who would think this game, with its tiny stakes and skill-based gameplay, could be a danger to the American populous? The Government, of… Keep Reading

Politics/World

Why Tulsi Gabbard’s Visit To Syria Was The Right Thing To Do

When news broke that Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard had personally and secretly visited Syria, outcry erupted in Washington D.C. almost immediately. The political establishment greeted the news with outrage, with many taking issue with her meeting with Syrian President Bashir al-Assad. The main problem at hand was the claim that her meeting legitimized the embattled leader. But is this trip to Syria as bad as her critics make it sound? Keep Reading

Culture/Politics/Religion

The New Colossus Criteria

When Emma Lazarus wrote The New Colossus in 1883 she may or may not have been aware that, 6,500 miles to the east in the Arabian Peninsula, the Al Saud were clashing with their bitter rivals, the al-Rashids from the city of Hayil. Things didn’t go well for the Al Saud and, consequently, they were driven from Ndaj into exile, eventually settling in Kuwait. It’s a fascinating story and perhaps Miss Lazarus would have agreed. Warring factions and power struggles aren’t unique to Islam. For centuries, bitter rivalries between the monarchical governments of Europe tormented the continent with near non-stop bloodshed.… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

Rape Really Is About Power!

A cliche that you’ll often see in the regular public service announcements regarding rape and sexual assault is the idea that “rape isn’t about sex, it’s about power”. And, despite my derisive tone in the first sentence, I feel that this is basically true. Sex certainly isn’t difficult to get whether it’s free or purchased—while that easily obtained sex may be uninviting and somewhat mortifying for one or both parties, the fact remains that should you want to have le petit mort with a partner, it’s remarkably easy to do so. Combined with the fact that rape is a recognized… Keep Reading

Law/Politics

There Is No “Hate Speech” Exception To The First Amendment

Anyone concerned with the future of free speech in the United States should be appalled by the recent events on the campus of U.C. Berkeley. A seemingly peaceful protest of controversial media personality Milo Yiannopoulos quickly turned violent as protesters broke barriers, threw rocks, and started fires in an attempt to prevent Yiannopoulos from speaking at a previously scheduled event. One 19-year-old protester was quoted as saying: “The whole reason we are here is for free speech. Milo’s hate speech is not allowed here. When it is hate speech, our free speech is to shut him down.” This protester, while… Keep Reading

Economics/Politics

The Conservative Case Against Right To Work

On Thursday, the Missouri State Legislature passed right to work legislation, sending it to the desk of Governor Eric Greitens. Should Greitens sign the bill, Missouri would become the 28th right to work state. Right to work laws are becoming more and more popular among conservatives and have spread to many new states in recent years. However, the effect of right to work on the freedom of business owners is not usually considered. Right to work laws allow employees to opt-out of paying union dues or being a member of a union as a condition of employment at a given… Keep Reading

Culture/Politics

Why The Mainstream Media Is Shifting Away From Print Towards Digital

It’s no big secret that technology is taking over a lot of things in our lives. Instead of telephone calls and e-mails, we have Facebook and text messages. Instead of playing board games and going outside, we have digital video games to play with each other. Physical books are also being rendered obsolete by eReaders. This trend is also affecting our news sources, as many publications are shifting resources away from print towards digital. Because of this, many suggest print is either dying or dead. Is this true? And if it is true, what does it say about the mainstream media? Keep Reading

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