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Everybody Hates Facebook

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen and Facebook itself share a vocabulary that reflects current sensibilities. They both talk about making Facebook “safe” — as proofs of the social media giants’ role in making America uglier pop up daily. Read More ›
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Street Battle :
Street Battle : "Barricades" - 19th century (1830)

The French Revolution is Attacking the American Revolution

“That’s insane!” These days, how often do we say those words? The litany could go on and on. Dr. Seuss is suddenly persona non grata, six of his books removed from publication because they are “racist” and “hateful.” That’s insane! Read More ›
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book with burning pages on a concrete surface
book with burning pages on a concrete surface

An Amazon Book Burning

Book burning has always been a crucial ingredient of totalitarianism. In the 1930s the German Student Union infamously made bonfires from books considered antithetical to National Socialism. Similarly, the zealots who executed Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution destroyed books opposed to the diktats of Chinese Communism. Read More ›
The concept of planet Earth similar to the COVID-19 virus
The concept of planet Earth, with nuclear explosions depicting a global epidemic of coronovorus, reminiscent of the image of the virus COVID-19. Elements of this image furnished by NASA
The concept of planet Earth, with nuclear explosions depicting a global epidemic of coronovorus, reminiscent of the image of the virus COVID-19. Elements of this image furnished by NASA
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Twenty Years On, Aliens Still Cause Global Warming

In 2003, author and filmmaker Michael Crichton made a now-famous speech at Caltech, titled "Aliens Cause Global Warming." The title was humorous but the content was serious. He was not addressing some strange theory of global warming; he was warning about the politicization of science. Read More ›
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Rest in Peace Posters of Dr Li Wenliang, who warned authorities about the coronovirus outbreak seen at Hosier Lane in Melbourne, Australia. Hosier Lane is known for its street art.
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Censorship? But Coronavirus Doesn’t Care!

Coronavirus provides a test. The Chinese Communist Party offers mainland Chinese people security and prosperity in exchange for the sacrifice of personal freedom. But when the government cannot uphold its end of the agreement — security — the people may become less tolerant of the human rights violations. And the age of information makes it much easier to discover them. Read More ›
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1984 IS NOW
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The Spiral of Silence

Just two or three generations ago, most Americans understood that George Orwell’s classics Animal Farm and 1984 were written to explain how freedom is lost to totalitarianism and the intolerance that accompanies it. “Big Brother,” a term still casually used to describe an all-knowing governing authority, comes straight out of 1984. In the state that Orwell describes, all subjects are Read More ›