Huwaei and ZTE, both Chinese government-adjacent power-pawns who report (in)directly to Beijing, have strategically contracted with nations around the globe in an attempt to build, organize, and fundamentally control the next generation of the internet. Through the “private” arm of these tech giants, China has bullied and bought its way into the ground wires of two-thirds of the global internet.
Paul Joseph Watson is a popular political YouTuber who covers topics ranging from gay pride to women’s rights, BLM, and traditionalism. His views generally run counter to all libertarian values and instead stink of religious authoritarianism.
The one thing he presents which someone could see as anti-authoritarian is his position on free speech—or rather, “free speech”. In Watson’s Twitter bio, he references a magazine who dubbed him a “free speech extremist”. He does, of course, take this as a compliment and a badge of honor. But in reality, Watson is anything but a free speech extremist. His values fly in the face of not only free speech, but also the very reason we human beings have rights in the first place.
Spencer Kellogg | @Spencer_Kellogg
When I was a child, my grandfather had a replica work from the French Painter Paul Gauguin that sat above the oven in his kitchen. It read “D’où Venons Nous / Que Sommes Nous / Où Allons Nous.” I couldn’t read French then and I still can’t today but I got the gist. “Why?” Gauguin wanted to know why? What is our purpose? What are we doing here? And where is it all going?
That phrase has always haunted me. I have, within me, a desperate need to understand the motives of things unknown; specifically killers. I’m not the only one who feels this way either. Flick on the TV and you will find 24-hour reruns of Law and Order across multiple networks. When we are alone and under the covers of our well-worn beds, we all want to know why, especially when it comes to murder. For me, the most haunting questions arise from those events found in real life.
The Sedition Act
On this day, July 14, in 1798 the Sedition Act was signed into law by President John Adams. The Sedition Act made it illegal for Americans to write in the form of publications, such as news organizations, or utter phrases in public that were deemed to be a fabrication or ‘malicious’ against the government or sitting administration. The repercussions were unmistakable.
On Saturday, President Trump created a new controversy when he tweeted that it was a “no brainer” to have an amendment that would ban the burning of the American flag.
All in for Senator Steve Daines as he proposes an Amendment for a strong BAN on burning our American Flag. A no brainer!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2019
However, the situation got heated when conservative activist Candace Owens tweeted that she believed flag burning warrants a loss of citizenship.
If I were President, the punishment for burning the U.S flag would be the renunciation of citizenship.
No jail time, no fine— simply one year to liquidate your assets and get the hell out of our country.
In exchange, we’d extend citizenship to a hardworking LEGAL immigrant.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) June 16, 2019