71Republic Contributor Conner Drigotas appeared on The Coalition Talk Radio with Pat Ford to discuss new media outlets like 71Republic. He argues that social media is in the process of decentralization. However, this will result in more unhealthy echo chambers. Outlets that promote dialogue and debate, like 71Republic, are essential to our national cohesion.
Sitting upon Mt. Rushmore is four presidents who many consider to be the nation’s greatest. One of these four is Theodore Roosevelt. He’s well known for his “Big Stick Diplomacy” and conservationist efforts. Perhaps the most controversial policy of Roosevelt was his trust-busting. It’s possible that it’s time to trust-bust the big tech giants like Facebook and Google.
On June 29th, “Antifascist” (Antifa) protesters took to the streets of Portland, Oregon, to oppose a scheduled Proud Boys rally. Police officers positioned themselves between the two groups to prohibit a violent clash. This did not, however, prevent several assaults from occurring.
Individuals from all corners of the political spectrum have been rilled up by the recent bannings of various figures from social media platforms including Alex Jones and Louis Farrakhan. Some have praised these bans for providing good restrictions on what they deem “fake news” or “hate speech”. Others have attacked these bans for being influenced by nefarious motives that are contra free speech. The debate regarding the extent to which social media sites may regulate speech has been going on for years now. Perhaps it is time for a reassessment.
Times change but our rights do not. This sentiment, repeated mostly by conservatives and libertarians, aims to show that no matter what changes in our society, our rights should always stay the same. This is a good mindset for any freedom loving individual. But what happens when society changes so much that the way we enforce these rights change? No, we aren’t talking about guns. We are talking about the mother of all rights, freedom of speech. More specifically, we are talking about how it is threatened on social media.