Dave Portnoy Busts Whiny Labor Unions With Tweets

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James Sweet III | @jsweetIII

Barstool Sports, the go-to media outlet of the Proud Boys, your local jock, and everyone in-between, has gotten itself into trouble, again. This time, it’s over America’s best-known group of swindlers; that’s right, labor unions. CEO and founder Dave Portnoy caused a moral “outrage” on social media by saying that workers of Barstool Sports would be fired “on the spot” if they engaged in any discussion of unionization. Shortly afterward, Portnoy’s replies were full of angry social justice warriors hysterically shrieking over a tongue-in-cheek joke that they simply blew out of proportion.

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On July 14, 1798, the Sedition Act Killed Free Speech

The Sedition Act was passed by John Adams
John Keller | @keller4liberty

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.

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Clown World: Racist Meme or a Symbol of Protest?

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Peyton Gouzien | @pgouzien

If often seems that our world is looking increasingly grim for those following the news. With the mostly negative news coverage and depressing headlines of our current affairs, it’s easy to be pessimistic. Pessimism of our modern society has come in the form of nihilism and the black pill meme. The black pill meme came from an offshoot of the meme inspired by the “red pill or blue pill” scene from the Matrix. The black pill encompasses a pessimistic attitude towards society, viewing it as beyond repair. Additionally, those who “take” the black pill are referred to as “Doomers” in internet circles. While the black pill is a pessimistic response in internet culture to society, a new meme makes an optimistic one: Clown World.

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Book Review: The Dark Double: U.S. Media, Russia, and the Politics of Values

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Kevin Doremus | @k_doremus

Academics and policymakers from the realist, liberal, and constructivist schools of thought debate the motivations of Russian foreign policy.  Andrei Tsygankov in his latest book The Dark Double: US Media, Russia, and the Politics of Values makes the argument that the tension between the U.S. and Russia is the result of historical, cultural, and political differences.  The book analyzes how U.S. media presents Russia as a “dark double” and a villain in the international system.  According to Tsygankov, the U.S.-Russian relationship is an example of how negative perceptions of the other can lead to competitiveness.  He expresses concern that cooperation between the two powers is unlikely until both recognize and respect their differences.

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A U.S. Ban on Kratom Will be a Failure

Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

Kratom may be the key to solving America’s widespread opioid crisis. As disenfranchised Americans continue to overdose, governments and the media alike scramble for a solution. Some candidates, such and Andrew Yang, have gone so far as to make the causes of the opioid crisis their foremost campaign focus. Yet amidst this crawl towards salvation for middle-America, the government continues to embrace flawed logic and pursue damaging legislation in regards to Kratom.

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