Author: Christopher McDonald

Is Berkeley a Warning for America?

Last weekend riots took place again in Berkeley. The provocation was not the appearance of Milo Yiannapoulos, as it was in January. It was, instead, a free speech pro- Donald Trump rally. Not without a sense of irony, a group of conservatives decided to hold a free speech event at the home of the free speech movement. At the same time, an anti-Trump protest was being held. The impending appearance of dangerous persons such as the beautiful, and well-spoken, Lauren Southern, along with other figures of the Right, sent the Left into a rage. It feels strange to write that...

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YouTube’s Crack-Down: Good or Bad?

YouTube has enacted a new policy or two lately. Don’t worry, though: you’ll still be able to watch cute cat videos and Game of Thrones theory videos as much as you like. Rather, their new policies are going to have greater impact on creators of content–and these changes have raised a lot of eyebrows. “Restricted Mode” Filters Political Views Their first new policy is one of blocking videos through a new restricted mode. This mode is automatically active, unless you log into YouTube and hit the right buttons to turn it off. Restricted mode blocks “mature” or controversial content, including...

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YouTube, Alternative Media, and Why it Matters

The mainstream media is being replaced by alternative media sources–and the people in charge aren’t happy about the change. Once upon a time, the media was something only a few people controlled. There were only a handful of TV networks and news providers. Radio and film were also held in and directed by a few hands. Through these means, a particular message was presented. If you didn’t like it, too bad. Those days are growing more and more distant. Today, the sources available for news and opinions are almost endless: TV, digital newspapers and magazines, YouTube, blogs, and more. Now, any...

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Why Democrats Can’t Admit Defeat

Admitting failure is hard, and admitting outright defeat is even harder. Admitting a loss means it stops being a possibility and it becomes real to you. You can’t avoid it by saying, like Scarlett O’Hara, “I won’t think about that today. I’ll think about it tomorrow!” Democrats have done Scarlett one better: they think about nothing but their loss, but they’re determined to not take the blame. Democrats and the media trotted out several narratives to explain why they are losing. First, it was “whitelash,” coined by Van Jones. Then, it was “fake news” and “alternative facts.” And, from start to...

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Being Right Won’t Save Steve King or Geert Wilders

Rep. Steve King recently said something so frightening that we might as well start calling him Steven King, the New Master of Horror.  What did King do? He voiced his support for Dutch politician Geert Wilders. King publicized this horrific statement on Twitter last week: Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies. https://t.co/4nxLipafWO — Steve King (@SteveKingIA) March 12, 2017 As is now standard operating procedure, media sources and the commentariat are running wild. Journalists have flown free from the concrete world of context into a realm of fancy, in which...

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