Free Speech, Private Action and the NFL

Individual rights are absolute. In isolation, the individual’s ability to exercise his rights are bounded only by his imagination and his own physical limits. As a producer, the individual retains the same sort of dominance: any product that issues from his applied mental and physical labors is his to control. Without his reason, without his applied talent, his creation would be a mere possibility in the ether of the plane of abstraction. His rights to…

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Trump Attacks Google’s Bias, Reveals His Own

Yesterday, the president tweeted a video which alleges that Google’s decision to promote Barack Obama’s State of the Union speeches, while failing to do so with Trump’s, amounts to bias. #StopTheBias pic.twitter.com/xqz599iQZw — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018 But the president’s facts are as wrong as his rhetoric is abhorrent. Google did promote the president’s first and only State of the Union in 2018. It did not promote his 2017 address to the…

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Congressional Representatives Should Secure Rights, Not Interests

In the vernacular, the role of representatives is most often understood in terms of how they service the interests of the polity: the average citizen is busy and involved in his or her own life and has neither the time, inclination or requisite knowledge to make informed political choices. Or so the reasoning goes. Enter the representative, who fulfills one of two roles, depending upon whether one buys into the delegate or trustee model of…

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Left and Right Are No Longer Useful Political Markers

Traditionally, the left-right bifurcation of American politics is understood in reference to the federalist system. Conservatism upholds the sovereignty of individual’s judgments. Government it views as inherently limiting. To the limited degree government is a net positive, it is solely in its role as arbiter of disputes where one individual charges another’s actions have violated his rights. In all cases, organs of state and local governments as the superior means by which to rectify political…

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To Remain Viable, Political Parties Require Internal Debate

Post-2016 tribalism has put defensiveness at the forefront of politics. Particularly on the right, Reagan’s 11th Commandment—don’t insult members of your own party—has always held sway, but the Trump cult of personality has put such thinking into overdrive. One cannot criticize the president on any grounds without being harangued, dragged over the coals and called any number of rude names you’d be loathe to repeat in front of your mother. The 11th Commandment has long…

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The Collectivism of Immigration Rhetoric

The tenor of racial politics has been on a steady increase throughout the Obama and now the Trump administration. But in the cross-purposed tribalistic shouting between left and right which has come to comprise the punditry of today, there’s little room for core principles, which is a shame, really, because it overlooks a crucial element of racism and its perniciousness: it is inherently collectivist. Laura Ingraham made quite the splash last week when on her…

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Parity and the Morality of Democracy

Modernity’s conception of democratic morality seems preoccupied with fairness, and particularly so in reference to viewpoint parity. This is primarily a concern for those who perceive themselves to be in the minority, or, in populist cases, fear becoming a minority. One can see this concern in the cries of discrimination expelled from the lungs of conservatives who believe themselves censored on social media. Part of this argument is driven by the incontrovertible fact that left-leaning…

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