Category: Sovereignty Rights

How social media turns online arguments between teens into real-world violence

For the last three years, I have studied how and why social media triggers and accelerates offline violence. In my research, conducted in partnership with Hartford-based peace initiative COMPASS Youth Collaborative, we interviewed dozens of young people aged 12-19 in 2018. Their responses made clear that social media is not a neutral communication platform.

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6th Circuit Reaches Right Conclusion on ‘Preferred Pronouns.’ Other Courts Should Follow Suit.

In a victory for free speech, the rule of law, and common sense, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit has ruled that a philosophy professor could not be forced to use a transgender student’s “preferred pronouns,” and that his suit against the university for violation of his First and 14th Amendment rights could proceed.

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On Electoral Redistricting Panels, HR 1 Would Require Racial, Gender Discrimination

HR 1, the so-called For the People Act, is a dangerous and radical bill.
It threatens the security, fairness, and integrity of our elections and restricts the First Amendment rights of Americans to freely engage in political speech and activity.
It would force state legislatures to hand over the redistricting process to unaccountable bureaucrats and institutionalizes racial and gender quotas.
It would also implement what amounts to a test to participate in redistricting that violates the associational and religious rights of the public.

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Cancel Culture Comes for All: How 10-Year-Old Tweets Cost This Journalist Her Job

Alexi McCammond, 27, was widely considered an up-and-coming young journalist after her time working as a political commentator for Axios news.
She had been hired as the new editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue magazine and was all set to start, before it was revealed that she had made some tweets that many considered anti-Asian and homophobic when she was 17 years old.
This wasn’t the first time the tweets had come up. In 2019, McCammond publicly acknowledged the tweets and apologized, likely hoping that the act of contrition would protect her from further reputational harm.
Her gambit failed.

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When Censorship’s the Game, Despotism Is the Goal

We’re only a few months beyond the turn of the calendar and already I have a candidate for the word of the year: Censorship.

Examples are proliferating at such a fast rate that it seems like a game of whac-a-mole just to keep up with all of them. A few of the most recent include:
1. Censorship of Created Equal
A popular documentary on the life of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, viewers have been able to watch Created Equal on Amazon since last October, until it was removed by the Big Tech company in February. The director of the documentary, Michael Pack, told The Wall Street Journal that they were never given a reason for the removal. “[M]any people have complained,” he told the Journal, “and they haven’t put it back up.”

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Handcuffing companies in the name of ‘free speech’ is unconstitutional

The internet is a powerful tool that is used in every facet of daily life, especially as our lives have been limited during a global pandemic. Our children use the internet to attend classes when in-person learning is not an option; our businesses and consumers turned to the internet to buy and sell goods as storefronts closed and patronage was limited to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus; we attended church services online; and some of our homes became offices with the internet allowing us to continue working remotely through the pandemic.
The reach of the internet is infinite, and we have stayed connected to friends and family during the public health crisis through online video forums and social media platforms.

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