Daily Caller – Will Democracy Drown in a Sea of Sophistry?

2 Jun

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Will Democracy Drown in a Sea of Sophistry?

For the past year and a half I’ve hosted a weekly radio show where I interview guests about a wide range of subjects, giving them a platform to share their stories and beliefs, without the shouting-head bombardment or editorial spin framing that characterizes so much of contemporary talk radio and television. Many of these guests are passionate advocates of one cause or another, which is often the reason I invite them. So far, it’s been a richly rewarding experience. I only wish more of the media landscape were similar.

Every time I read the news or wade into the blogosphere I’m exposed to an even wider parade of advocates, including many preaching doctrines I find silly, wrongheaded, or downright abhorrent. And I’ve started to notice a pattern.

Only the rarest of advocates seem to accord objective facts primacy of place. Instead, they remind me of trial lawyers whose job is to weave a compelling narrative for sequestered juries, excising from the record any purported facts that weaken their arguments, often resorting to appalling acts of sophistry. And the pattern spans the professions—from scientists, who are supposed to know better, to economists, who increasingly don’t seem to know much of anything.

Even worse, our culture of rabid partisanship increasingly encourages consumers to evaluate the veracity of facts and narratives based on the advocates’ tribal affiliations, rather than on any objectively verifiable criteria. I’m no longer sure a majority of my fellow citizens even believe there is such a thing as objective facts, or that anyone has the power to fish them out of the sea of misinformation plastered all over the web by dueling advocates. It seems the more information our abundant communications media shower upon us, and the more experts weigh in any subject, the less we can be sure of what we know.

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RealClear Radio Hour Podcast – Collapsing American Dream

1 Jun

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The Collapsing American Dream

May 23, 2015

Jared Meyer, fellow at the Manhattan Institute and co-author of Disinherited: How Washington is Betraying America’s Young, explains how his generation is being saddled with unsustainable debt. The false political promises of a Social Security trust fund, unfunded pension liabilities, looming bankruptcy for Medicare, and a ballooning student loan bubble will impoverish today’s youth if left unchecked.

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RealClear Radio Hour Podcast – Human Trafficking Industry

31 May

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The Human Trafficking Industry

May 23, 2015

Elise Hilton, Communication Specialist at the Acton Institute and author of A Vulnerable World, advocates to end human trafficking—a $32 billion a year industry. Hilton shares her personal experience that inspired her mission.

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RealClear Radio Hour Podcast – Fighting Back Against Forced Unionization

25 May

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May 23, 2015

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Union-Free Child Care

Jennifer Parrish, a Minnesota self-employed family childcare provider, shares her experience defending her business against SEIU, one of the nation’s most powerful unions. Her troubles began in 2006 when a union organizer barged into her home and tried to get her to sign what he called a petition but was in fact a union authorization card. Parrish since helped form a coalition of union free providers who, a decade on, are still actively fighting compelled unionization.

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Compulsory Unionism

Mark Mix, President of National Right to Work Committee and Legal Defense Foundation, discusses his organization’s efforts to defend employee rights against forced union membership, as well as organized labor’s huge political clout as a $20 billion a year business and political lobbying force that regularly flexes its muscle to forcibly collect dues from non-members.

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Daily Caller – Congratulations, New Grads, and Welcome to Indentured Servitude!

21 May

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May 21, 2015

Congratulations, New Grads, and Welcome to Indentured Servitude!

Congratulations, Class of 2015! The diploma you hold in your hands today is the most expensive thing you’ll ever own. Why? Because you will surely be too impoverished supporting us Baby Boomers to ever buy a house.

Surprised? Don’t be. Your so-called education is the culmination of decades of our hard work remaking the academy, the media, and our cultural institutions to better prepare your bodies, your minds, and your spirits for a lifetime of service.

Do the tens of thousands of dollars of tuition loan debt you carry feel like a heavy burden? Well, wait until you see what lies ahead! Generations of politicians have made promises you will be called on to keep. Promises to the elderly. Promises to retired public employees. Promises to farmers, corporate welfare recipients, foreign despots, too-big-to-fail bankers, food stamp recipients needy and not—hardly an interest group exists whose votes haven’t been bought with your money.

And those votes will make sure that politicians keep raiding your paycheck every week. For the rest of your working lives.

So go ahead, enjoy that graduation party! We’ll be the ones truly celebrating, as modern medicine helps keep us alive until we’re 120 years old, collecting 55 years’ worth of Social Security and Medicare payments. At least all the binge drinking you did in college will you get through what’s in store.

To read the rest of the column, click here.

SPECIAL BONUS: Audio of this commencement address delivered at the University of the Flying Unicorn. Click here.

RealClear Radio Hour Podcast – A Lost Legacy of Civil Disobedience

18 May

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A Lost Legacy of Civil Disobedience

William Hastings Burke, historian and author of Thirty Four, shares the story of Albert Goering, the younger brother of Hitler’s top aid Field Marshall Herman Goering, who courageously and repeatedly defied the Nazi regime to save many lives during the Second World War.

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RealClear Radio Hour Podcast – Civil Disobedience for Freedom

17 May

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Civil Disobedience for Freedom

Charles Murray, W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and author of By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission, explains his radical proposal. Murray calls for mass civil disobedience to quell today’s overzealous administrative, regulatory state, in order to encourage a more tempered, “no harm, no foul” enforcement practice.

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