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The Rise of Pragmatism

The Rise of Pragmatism

Back in 2007 when I got into politics for the first time through the Ron Paul movement, ideology was still the primary factor driving the political scene. Individualism, collectivism, Keynesianism, the Austrian School, big government, small government. Such labels meant something and they separated believers into neatly defined categories. Today with Trump we are currently in a sort of post-ideological state. I won’t call it the end of ideology, we can all see what happened to Fukuyama’s “The End of…

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Killing Free Speech by Empowering Darkness

Killing Free Speech by Empowering Darkness

The term “assassin’s veto” or alternatively “heckler’s veto” has been used to describe situations like the one we have in thr West today. People are allowed to disrupt and prevent free speech, simply by interrupting, protesting or otherwise hindering the expression of undesirable opinions. Additionally we have suppression of free expression by threats of deadly violence. It is disheartening to see how few people in the West are willing to stand on principle and defend free speech for all. Even…

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Policing in The Age of Information Warfare: Neo-Nazi March

Policing in The Age of Information Warfare: Neo-Nazi March

More than any other current issue, the public debate over how the Norwegian police handled the recent protest march by the Nordic Resistance Movement has captured my interest. As can be expected the calls for the free speech rights of this particular group to be suppressed aren’t far between. As somewhat of a free speech fundamentalist myself, I find it deeply troubling that there seems to be so few people capable or willing to take a principled approach to this…

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Free Speech For Me, Not For You

Free Speech For Me, Not For You

The fallout continues over a banned demonstration in a small Norwegian city. A neo-Nazi group wanted to hold a demonstration with the theme “crush the gay lobby”. They applied for a permit from the police, which was initially granted. After it became publicly known that this particular group wanted to demonstrate, left-wing counterdemonstrators threatened violence. The permit was then withdrawn by the police citing public safety concerns. Today I read a piece sent in by a reader to one of…

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Abuse of Media Power

Abuse of Media Power

It is not a closely held state secret that the media institutions contained within the label mainstream media aren’t paragons of virtue and ethics in journalism. All too often we see examples of stories being portrayed deceptively. The latest iteration is the Megyn Kelly – Alex Jones kerfuffle. I would be disappointed in the intellectual faculties of anyone that reacted with surprise to the revelation that a mainstream journalist cut and edited hours upon hours of footage to distort the…

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Have We Learned Nothing?

Have We Learned Nothing?

Yesterday, a Norwegian group hosted identitarian Martin Sellner at an event. The event took place at a bookstore that allows a wide range of groups to host events. This event attracted a large protest outside the bookstore, threats of butyric acid attack and vandalism of the bookstore itself. To me this signifies that the violence we have recently seen taking place in the US is coming to Norway. Antifa, SJWs and other leftists have repeatedly crossed the line from verbal…

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Trump as a Free Speech Warrior

Trump as a Free Speech Warrior

Could Donald Trump be described as a warrior for free speech? Before anyone screams autistically about “muh libel laws” (which haven’t changed yet) we should recognize the important role the President of the United States has in setting the general tone. I think we all can see the difference between the tone set by Obama and Trump. Under Trump criticism of the mainstream media is accepted and even encouraged. SJWs no longer enjoy protection from the highest echelons of government….

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