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Words, What Do They Mean?

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Among the various sects of libertarianism, one has been receiving a certain amount of undue attention: “left”-libertarianism. As an anarcho-capitalist, I have my disagreements with left-libertarians, and am curious as to why they are generating the amount of interest they are. One reason for this may be their mode of communication. Attempting to decipher much of the libertarian left’s vocabulary is akin to reading a horoscope. Their success may, in large part, be credited to their refusal to pin down definitions. Without unambiguous definitions, one may simply apply his own interpretations thereby rendering the content far more relatable (much like a horoscope).  Left-libertarians tend to be more highly specialized than the average progressive, owing to their relatively greater interest in esoteric subjects.  There’s something that ties the libertarian left’s usage of obscure language to the postmodernist movement¹. The basic foundation of postmodernism comes from Kant. Then, building on Kant, you have Hegel and Marx, which in recent decades has been successful with ties to “deconstructionism” in literary criticism from…

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Where Have All The CPAC Libertarians Gone?

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The halls of the Conservative Political Action Conference were not humming with the excitement of liberty as it has been in years past. The Conservative Political Action Conference in 2015 was as close to a libertarian dream as the conference has ever come. Enthusiastic young libertarians, optimistic that liberty would prevail in the 2016 election, proudly sported their Stand With Rand shirts draped in pro-liberty stickers and pins. Panels were presented incorporating libertarian ideas, such as the Privacy versus Security debate with Judge Andrew Napolitano and The Red Pill or The Blue Pill? A Debate on Marijuana Legalization with Governor Gary Johnson. “It was amazing to see conservatives and libertarians coalescing at the conference last year,” said West Chester University of Pennsylvania student Bri Jamshidi, a three-time CPAC attendee. But where were all the libertarians at CPAC this year? Last year, libertarian speakers, panels, and attendees seemed to be a focal point at the conference. Attendees couldn’t miss the negative boo’s at references to American foreign intervention or the…

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Media Matters: Leading The War On Free Speech

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Continuing a campaign against “hate speech”, the White House propaganda arm known as Media Matters has pushed CNN to cut ties with Donald Trump ally and former adviser Roger Stone following comments Stone made on Twitter regarding CNN political analyst Ana Navarro. Stone, who was labeled a “dirty trickster”, “racist” and “sexist” by Media Matters, was a regular guest on CNN until being cut from the network earlier this week. “He will no longer appear as a guest on CNN” a spokesperson told POLITICO. Stone responded to his comments about Navarro in an e-mail statement. “I am an unapologetic critic of Ana Navarro because I question her qualifications to opine on any political topic- she is a ‘Republican strategist’ who has never actually worked on any campaign beyond an honorific title…” Stone continued, “I am politically incorrect but it appears CNN is bowing to pressure from the Clinton apparatus – not very appropriate for an supposedly unbiased news network.” While it is reasonable to suggest some of Stone’s comments…

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A Winning Ticket For The GOP Presidential Nomination

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America faces a serious choice in 2016. The question is a simple one. Do we continue or expand upon the policies of Barack Obama, or do we make a decisive choice to step away from the abyss and back into the light of freedom and justice by renewing the promise of a new American century? From the beginnings of his insurgent, grassroots campaign for Senate in 2011, I have always supported Ted Cruz, and knew that he would be the strongest, boldest voice for a Conservative renewal of America. His understanding of and dedication to the Constitution far exceed that of any other candidate. His respect of the rule of law has no fiercer champion. His views on domestic and foreign policy are solid and logical. He represents the heart and soul and triumph of the Conservative movement in America, and would make a great President, and I feel very comfortable endorsing him. That being said, I’ve argued for a long time that Marco Rubio offers a compelling story…

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5 Tips For Debating Your Liberal Professor

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By this point in the semester, you have probably realized that one of your professors is a raging liberal disguising himself or herself as an everyday professor. Here are five tips when debating your liberal professors: 1. Always be polite and respectful. It is important when debating a topic, especially emotional political topics, that you keep your cool at all times. Raising your voice or getting irrational in some way takes away from the validity of your argument. Listen intently while your professor responds and do not interrupt or try to speak over them. The calmer and more level-headed you can be, the more your fellow students will be open to your opinions and the more your professor will gain respect for you; 2. Choose your battles. If I raised my hand to argue back against my professors every time they presented a skewed view to my class, I would probably be getting the best arm exercise each class! If you have had professors like I have, who only…

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Some People Just Want To Watch The World Bern.

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My question to Bernie Sanders supporters: When someone in Bangladesh observes your lifestyle, it seems as incredible to them as that of the 1% seems to you. Why are they not entitled to help themselves to your things, the way you consider yourself morally entitled to help yourself to the goods of the American rich? In your answer, avoid moral irrelevancies like national borders; can we tolerate inequality just because it’s cross-border? Extra credit: take a picture of yourself divesting yourself of most of your goods in the name of global equality. -Thomas E. Woods With every election cycle there is likewise a new hopeful candidate that promises to go against the powers that be. This campaign cycle is a prime example with Bernie Sanders leading the charge. Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont, has swept in with promises of ending corruption, and greed, while simultaneously spreading fairness, equality, and free services. And like any politician who gains support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices, millions have flocked…

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Hasbro And Larry Summers Join The War Against Cash

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Central banks and other globalist interests have long sought to eliminate cash and replace it with an entirely digital currency as another method of directly controlling the global population. Now, the toy manufacturer Hasbro and former Secretary of the Treasury and Chief Economist of the World Bank Larry Summers have joined the propaganda war against cash. In his editorial for The Washington Post, entitled “It’s time to kill the $100 bill”, Summers suggests removing high denomination notes such as the $100 bill and the 500 Euro note from circulation in order to reduce crime and corruption. To accomplish this goal, Summers calls for “a global agreement to stop issuing notes worth more than say $50 or $100.” The European Central Bank appears to be following suit, as reports have emerged that ECB President Mario Draghi is planning to remove the 500 Euro note from circulation. “There is a pervasive and increasing conviction in the world of public opinion that high denomination banknotes are used for criminal purposes … It’s…

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Feds Move In On Oregon Refuge; REFUSING Negotiation With Occupiers

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As we speak the FBI has moved in on the Malheur Refuge, surrounding the building with armed agents and even helicopters. The FBI is not negotiating with the occupiers to allow Assemblywoman Michele Fiore into the building to bring the occupiers out peacefully, saying the time for negotiation has passed. They continue to say they will not allow anyone on the refuge. Pray for a peaceful resolution.

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Iowa Just Destroyed The “Rand Or Nobody” Narrative

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Iowa was the final act for a number of presidential candidates, including liberty candidate Sen. Rand Paul – but the reason Paul dropped might come as a shock to many. Though the Rand campaign made many overtures to his father’s base in the final months, Rand Paul did not carry the Iowa libertarian vote. Among the chief victims of the dramatic Ted Cruz win Monday night was the “libertarians won’t vote for Cruz” narrative pedaled for the last year by the Rand Paul campaign. The caucus results have been sliced and diced a hundred ways, and with Sen. Rand Paul’s subsequent exit from the presidential race, the question of where the liberty vote will go is finally being asked — a question Iowa already answered. Sen. Cruz’s win was hailed as a show of power for Iowa’s evangelicals, but the math simply doesn’t add up for that narrative. Even if Cruz benefited from the Trump-inspired turnout bump — for which there is little evidence — that doesn’t explain his leapfrogging Trump and finishing more than…

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Romanticizing Reagan: Part II – Regulations And Free Trade

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Continued from Part II: Regulations and Free Trade. Perhaps Reagan’s most egregious hypocrisies were his actions in the name of the “War on Drugs” while espousing the common bromides about liberty. “Government’s first duty,” a common Reagan quote from a 1981 speechbegins, “is to protect the people, not run their lives.” But when it came to what people put into their bodies – even for medicinal purposes – Reagan was energetically devoted to running the lives of United States citizens. In 1982, the National Academy of Sciences published a six-year study that concluded with a recommendation for the decriminalizing of marijuana which, the study said, had “as yet no clear evidence on the possible long-term effects” on potential health consequence. Reagan chose to ignore this study and, in the same year, picked up the Nixon mantle and raised “the battle flag . . . to win the war on drugs.” California marijuana was one of his primary targets. Under this small-government, liberty loving president, government spending on law enforcement, prisons, and the Drug…

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The Liberty Conservative Endorses Rand Paul For President

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When we founded The Liberty Conservative in May of 2014 our mission was to promote the vision of less government and more liberty in achieving true prosperity for all through interviewing and endorsing candidates who shared those ideas, as well as bringing on several outstanding writers to help us in the spread of those ideas. From our first interview with congressional candidate Tom McMillin to our interview with Senator Ted Cruz and our many other congressional and activist interviews our goal has been to inform you to the best of our ability where the candidates stand on issues which are important to liberty voters and help you determine through tough questioning who the best choice is for your support in the many state and federal elections that we have covered. This presidential primary has been a whirlwind of activity for the liberty movement and conservatism at large, with the rise of Donald Trump causing many to question the future of the limited government vision of the conservative movement. People…

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Three Reasons Every Libertarian Should Celebrate a Ted Cruz Iowa Win

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Much of the libertarian interest in next week’s Iowa Caucuses is focused on Rand Paul – and rightfully so.  Since his apparent decision to drop the middle-of-the-road rhetoric and go full libertarian early this year in the face of declining money and support, many of his father’s sidelined activists have taken renewed interest in his campaign. Rand’s numbers in Iowa have seen a slight uptick, and his campaign has released some impressive organizational numbers. Still, Rand is a longshot to pull off a win in a state where the competing candidacies of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have reshaped the entire political landscape. What began as a wide-open race for the nomination between members of a fractured conservative base and members of an even more fractured establishment base, has now become a story of evangelicals, libertarians, and conservative hardliners uniting to stop a fascist egomaniac from recreating the GOP in his own orange-haired image. So while I expect many liberty folks to stand with Rand next Monday, many of…

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Romanticizing Reagan: Part II – Regulations And Free Trade

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Continued from Part I – Taxation and Spending During Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign, the third of his four pillars of Reaganomics was regulatory reform. Namely, he was on a mission to reduce federal regulations (an applaudable goal). This is, in fact, one of the chief reasons why democrats criticize his presidency; he supposedly spent his tenure recklessly deregulating. In a speech given by Art Laffer, Reagan’s economic advisor, Dr. Laffer mentions a story of Reagan dropping the Code of Federal Regulations on a table to demonstrate its massive size. “Do you remember that?” Laffer asked the audience, “Do you remember when he dropped it, the thump that went on the table? I mean, it was a phenomenally impressive thing, not only for him to have lifted it, but also for him to have reduced it” (emphasis mine). The problem here is that Reagan didn’t reduce the code. It is true that Reagan oversaw a few years of very minor deregulation (in the first half of his first term, the Code of…

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Romantacizing Reagan: Part I – Taxation And Spending

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Among conservatives, Ronald Reagan is held in deific esteem. Find any Republican debate Bingo or drinking game, and his name is certain to be one of the triggers to take a drink. Even among libertarians (of the non-anarchist persuasion), Reagan is still viewed as one of our greatest presidents, if not the greatest outright. The reasons for the romanticization of Reagan are difficult to understand. Ronald Reagan did have some of the best rhetoric when it came to conservative and Libertarian issues, and perhaps this is a good explanation for his appeal. But when you look at his policies as President, it seems like he stands for everything Conservatives, and especially Libertarians, are against. So let’s compare rhetoric to policy. Part I – Spending and taxation In one State of the Union address, Reagan gave a rousing condemnation of the problem with the federal deficit. In it, he gave the pithy insight that “we can’t spend ourselves rich,” which is one of the more popularly quoted phrases among conservatives…

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Why Rand Paul’s Campaign Will Go Down In History

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I haven’t written much about Rand Paul in a while – not because I don’t like the guy, but because I feel like his most loyal endorsers are often the better sort to be writing about his current campaign. After all, those who love you most are the best voices to have in your corner when you’re trying to become the next leader of the free world. But now that Rand’s campaign looks to be coming to a forced, rousing, and highly resisted end sooner than later (though I would be happy to be wrong on that prediction), I feel there is now something more I can say about it worth listening to – even for people like myself who weren’t 100% on board with his decisions made along the way. First and foremost, Rand Paul aligns with many of American voters’ views on the issues. He may be more staunchly right-leaning than more outwardly libertarian politicians like Gary Johnson, but his anti-establishment, anti-spying, anti-war, anti-drone, and anti-drug war…

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My Brand Of Liberty Isn’t Dictated By Yours

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By any sensible, historical definition, I am a libertarian. I also find myself more often than not feeling the need to apologize for other libertarians’ behavior in the social sphere. And some of the most fiery debates I have these days are with fellow self-proclaimed liberty lovers who would rather tell me how wrong I am about monetarist economics, how fascist I am for having gone to a publicly recognizable school, how I’m a leftist because I’m pro-choice, and how, because of all of these disputes and more, I couldn’t possibly be a “real” libertarian. Both of these realities are unfortunate and philosophically needless. Getting libertarians to hold a ubiquitous opinion on much of anything aside from the autonomy of the individual is oxymoronic. Grouping libertarians is a lot like herding cats, and as the great Michael Shermer has already pointed out, our individualistic nature is somewhat incompatible with party politics. Even so, we try so very hard. We formed a political party with a mission statement and real life candidates, and…

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Ted Cruz Misses Audit The Fed Vote

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Ted Cruz made a decision today which is sure to puzzle many conservatives and inflame liberty activists across the country, missing the vote on Senator Rand Paul’s Audit The Fed bill. Cruz is reported to be campaigning in New Hampshire today, opting to take his message to the voters in that state rather than vote on the Audit The Fed legislation. This follows a longstanding pattern of the Senator missing votes, though this one may prove to be more costly than any before it, as it threatens to undermine Cruz’s attempts to attract liberty minded supporters. Roll call vote posted below!

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Crocodile Tears: First Salvo In The Latest War On The Second Amendment

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President Obama kicked off the last year of his term by announcing a serious of “Executive Actions” that he claims will address gun violence in the United States (despite FBI statistics that show violent crime involving firearms on a multi-decade decline). Obama, the same President who allowed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to ship guns to Mexican drug cartels in order to foment violence that would justify more extensive gun control domestically, shed crocodile tears as he called for further restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans. These latest “Executive Actions” continue the dictatorial trend under President Obama of circumventing Congress and violating Article One of the United States Constitution, which delegates the responsibility of drafting laws to Congress. As Judge Andrew Napolitano said on FoxNews.com, “President Obama has very little room to issue executive orders on guns because the congressional legislation is so extensive, detailed, and clear.” Napolitano continued,”we still have a Constitution in America. Under the Constitution, Congress writes the laws,…

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Republican Establishment Betrays American People; Omnibus Fully Funds Obama’s Agenda

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The House and Senate, with bipartisan majorities, passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending package that funds the federal government through September, 2016. Despite frantic last-minute lobbying efforts by Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that made passage seem uncertain, the House passed the bill by a lopsided vote of 316-113. 95 House Republicans bucked Speaker Ryan and the Republican leadership and voted no, joining 18 Democrats in doing so. The Senate later passed the bill by a vote of 65-33, with six Democrats and Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont joining 26 Republicans in opposition. Despite historic gains in the midterm elections in 2010 and 2014, leaving Republicans with majorities in the House and Senate, the Republican leadership choose to thumb their noses at the voters who elected them to halt President Obama’s far-left agenda and approve a spending bill that fully funds every item in his agenda. The mainstream media, and the Democratic Party establishment, have suggested the reason behind the willingness of the Republican leadership…

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Ted Cruz’s 10 Biggest Flip Flops

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As the 2016 GOP Primaries come into view, less than 60 days until the Iowa Caucuses, one candidate has crafted an image of being the most consistent conservative candidate in the field. It would certainly be hard to find a candidate who is more in touch with the “talk radio” wing of the party than Ted Cruz, and he has tried hard to stake out a position as a conservative truth teller and man of principle in this primary. Despite his background in the Bush administration, he has had some success with this strategy. That being said, libertarians and conservatives deserve to know the whole story, and Cruz has had a series of flip flops on several important issues which may cause some to question the sincerity of his positions. Unfortunately the media has been very slow to report these facts, so I have compiled a short list of some (not all) of Ted Cruz’s greatest flip flops. 1. Allowing The States To Legalize Marijuana Ted Cruz raised the…

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Why Syria And Iraq Need To Be Balkanized

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For the past several years Americans have been inundated with the horrific, tragic, and utterly inhumane news coming out of Iraq and more recently Syria. Both of these failed states have become the epicenter of an ethno-religious sectarian conflict that has brought nothing but misery, destruction, poverty, and death to the peoples of the region. It is no surprise that both Iraq and Syria share many of the same underlying problems. Both nation’s borders were conceived as a product of the World Wars and their aftermaths rather than the actual ethnic, linguistic, historical, or religious factors on the ground. As a result various differing peoples were forced to come under the same central government rule, with some groups benefiting from this arrangement, while many others lost out. The result of these artificial lines in the sand are patently obvious to even a casual observer of the news cycle today. The spiral into ever more conflict and blood seems never-ending and many have lost all hope in the possibility of…

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#LegalizeItNJ: A Movement Needing Traction

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This past Monday, pot enthusiasts swarmed the statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey – Chris Christie’s second home after some Town Hall venue in New Hampshire – with a simple message: legalize marijuana. In March 2014, Democratic State Senator Nicholas Scutari introduced a bill that would legalize and treat marijuana like alcohol for any adult over the age of 21. Finally, after all the hard work of the past two years that consisted of implementing new baby car seat rules ‘and’ somehow getting more money out of our pockets, it was finally time for the bill to get some forward traction. A hearing took place. Yes, a hearing. Basically it was a orgy of people wanting to legalize a plant to some small degree – or large depending on who you were – to which some people on the judiciary committee were a bit upset that the only opinions that were heard were of people wanting to legalize this plant. Sounds like a dandy, good old time. See, this concept…

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Why We Need Free Trade With China And The World

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Recently I have become appalled at the growing rise of protectionism and nativism in the Republican Party. This sentiment has been personified by Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy. Trump, a master of regurgitating economic fallacies and senseless populist rhetoric, has been drumming up support for his regressive trade policies. He has been promoting the idea that the US needs to close itself off from global trade and seek what he deems “fair trade.” His definition of “fair” is the government injecting itself in the voluntary associations between businesses and individuals of differing countries by limiting their choice and freedom. No Donald, nothing is “fair” about that, no matter how you sugarcoat it with fear mongering about the Chinese. The only true “fair” trade is free trade which was first demonstrated by Adam Smith’s rebuke of the Corn Laws in his magnum opus, “The Wealth Of Nations”. We have now had over 200 years of solid proof and knowledge on the woes of protectionism, yet this old lie doesn’t seem to die.…

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My Veteran’s Day Dilemma

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I’m never really sure how to react to Veteran’s Day. My anti-government views are no secret, and as an anarchist, this has clear implications on military policy. It isn’t simply that I think the military in general is something that can be abolished outright (although I do think this), but I reject the idea – as a matter of policy – that any of our foreign interventions do anything to keep Americans safe. Rather, I believe our foreign policy has a deleterious effect on American safety. But I’m not like many anarchists. I don’t blame the soldier for the politician’s wars. I understand that there are some anarchists who revel in the controversy accompanied by anti-military statements. I understand that there are those who like pointing out the destruction caused by our military, sometimes by soldiers who openly take pleasure in the freedom to torture and kill people in these countries (because these men do exist, as unpleasant as it may be to acknowledge this). But I do not…

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Academic Welfare Queens

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During Monday’s chaotic day of demonstrations at the University of Missouri, professor Melissa Click accomplished something she may have never done before in her academic career – taught an important lesson. Click, an assistant professor of mass media at Mizzou’s communications department, was recorded intimidating and threatening student journalists trying to document the protests occurring on campus. Because in today’s progressive up-side down world, the communications professors are anti-free speech. So what exactly does a mass media professor who’s anti-journalism actually teach? As The Federalist reported, Click specializes in “audience studies, theories of gender and sexuality, and media literacy.” According to her to her school profile: [Click’s] research projects involve 50 Shades of Grey readers, the impact of social media in fans’ relationship with Lady Gaga, masculinity and male fans, messages about class and food in reality television programming, and messages about work in children’s television programs. Is there a better example of educational malinvestment than spending thousands of dollars a semester studying 50 Shades of Grey? More to…

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