By: Bailey Steen

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It’s becoming something of a staple among Twitter mobs to throw their most respected anti-hate creators onto the cancellation pyre. The most recent notable figure to be on the receiving end of this treatment is Lindsay Ellis, one of YouTube’s most prominent feminists, authors, and film essayists. Though Ellis has made a career, in part, out of pointedly combatting and condemning online bigotry, this hasn’t stopped the perennial outrage mob from attempting to burn her reputation to the ground — instead, old and new tweets of hers are being used to…

Newly leaked documents from the Hubei CDC show how the Chinese government suppressed evidence of COVID-19 and mishandled the early stages of the pandemic.

By Bailey Steen

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The COVID pandemic didn’t need to happen. Since the beginning, the Chinese government has outright rejected accusations of having deliberately concealed information related to the growth of the virus, decrying their critics as being dishonest obfuscators on the international stage.

In a stunning new report from CNN, however, official documents circulated within the party prove that China critically mishandled the early stages of the outbreak, as shown through findings leaked from Hubei’s Provincial Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). …

Their arguments for doing so might be as good or better than those on the political left.

By Sean Culleton

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Outside of the mainstream debate surrounding the recent murder of George Floyd and the ensuing weeks of protests, a minority of conservatives have vocalized sincere support for the Black Lives Matter movement’s call to defund, deconstruct, and ultimately abolish the police. Their voices can be heard in small corners of 4chan’s /k/ forum, a forum devoted to guns and weaponry, and various Facebook groups of libertarians. Some of the people in these groups even find their cause in the emerging faction of the Boogaloo Bois association network, a recently formed right-wing…

COVID-19 should not be wielded as a political club on Americans’ rights to peaceably assemble.

By D.A. Kirk

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When states started locking down during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was mostly in favor of it. But I also believed that there were serious questions — questions about how long the lockdowns would last, how restrictive they would be, and how they would be enforced — that were worthy of discussion and debate. I’m well-versed in the psychological and financial impact of long-term isolation, so I knew very well that there would be at least some resistance to the lockdowns. I also knew that the longer the…

If we embrace the idea that the value of human life is permanently diminished by every mistake we make, we must necessarily concede that many of us are just as deserving.

By D.A. Kirk

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As a smart man once told me, there is no such thing as a law-abiding citizen. There are criminals who get caught, and there are those who don’t. But the mythical law-abiding citizen is a rare creature indeed. So rare, in fact, that it’s fair to wonder whether they even exist at all.

According to The Sentencing Project, about one-third of all adults in the United States are arrested at least once by the time they turn 23. A 2017 study from the University of Georgia determined that, as of 2010…

Only in our all-encompassing political moment could Billie Eilish be criticized as both a nihilistic radical and the embodiment of traditionalist whiteness.

By: Samuel Kronen

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Among the many casualties of cultural and political polarization is our collective relationship to art. It is a truism that artistic expression and political analysis are not meant to be coupled together — the warm glow of one moving against the cold sterility of the other — but we would appear to have gleefully abandoned that sentiment in modern life out of either expediency or laziness.

In a recent article for The Atlantic, Lin-Manuel Miranda defends the fusion of art and politics by insisting at the jump that “All art is…

Bloomberg’s ego-driven paternalism is both indistinguishable from President Trump’s authoritarian style and antithetical to the very notion of political moderation.

By D.A. Kirk

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Democratic presidential contender and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is banking on moderates and centrists to tip the scales in his favor. He’s marketing himself as an anti-ideologue and bridge-building pragmatist who can rally disaffected Republicans and Independent voters around his middle-of-the-road platform. “One of the reasons I’m reasonably confident I could beat Trump is I would be acceptable to the moderate Republicans you have to have,” Bloomberg told Reuters in an interview last weekend. “Whether you like it or not, you can’t win the election unless you get…

Rogan talks a big game about the need to reform the debates, but when given the opportunity to make a change, he failed to seize the moment.

By Sean Culleton

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Last week, while interviewing comedian Jimmy Dore on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Jimmy and Joe had the following exchange:

“My show was never about guests, my show was all about my opinion, and calling out bullsh*t,” Dore said.

“You’re doing the right thing,” Rogan replied. “I’m doing the wrong thing because they all keep asking to be on my show.”

“I’ve had requests from all of them,” he continued. “Biden, Warren, Mayor Pete.”

“How do you resist that sh*t?” Dore asked.

“Because I’m gonna have my friends. I’d rather talk…

The recent drama with Bernie Sanders is yet another example of Warren’s penchant for political misfires when going on the offense.

By Sean Culleton

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January’s debate, the first in a long year of debating, ended on a sad and ominous note for many progressives. “I think you called me a liar on national TV,” Ms. Warren told Mr. Sanders after the presidential debate in Des Moines on Tuesday night. She said these words while rejecting Sander’s outstretched hand for a handshake. The tension between the two had been building for days ahead of the debate over Warren’s accusation that Sanders told her once that he didn’t think a woman could win the Presidency. Warren…

Neither party seems to have much respect for rules, rights, or traditions these days — except, of course, when they’re not the party in power.

By D.A. Kirk

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This wasn’t the future I envisioned when I joined with liberals, progressives, and libertarians in resisting the post-9/11 authoritarianism that gave birth to warrantless wiretapping, indefinite detention, and the rapid militarization of law enforcement. It would take time for the nation to come to terms with the trauma it had suffered. I understood that. But I also had no doubt that cooler heads would prevail, Democrats would pull the nation back towards the center, and the neoconservative movement would be forced to either temper its ambitions or go extinct.

The first…


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