There’s no question about it. Turning Point USA, the brainchild of Charlie Kirk, is one of the most successful youth-centered political advocacy movements of the decade. This conservative non-profit has hundreds of chapters based in both public and private high schools and universities across the country. The organization is serving, presumably tens, if not hundreds of thousands of young conservatives. This would seem a boon to all right-wingers, as the youth vote is a demographic conservatives have historically struggled with. Getting young people to engage with conservative ideas is doubtless a good idea for conservatives, but Turning Point is going about it the wrong way.
Glenn Verasco |Thailand
I have published 132 blog posts thus far (this one is number 133). But I have failed to complete or decided not to publish at least 100 others. Sometimes I lose my train of thought, sometimes my research persuades me to disagree with my initial thesis, and sometimes I fear my words could come back to haunt me if ill-intended people come across them. Still other times, I simply can’t find a way to express my thoughts in a way that I feel comfortable sharing with my readers.
Joshua D. Glawson | United States
Politicon 2018 was another success. Held in the LA Convention Center on October 20th and 21st in Los Angeles, California, the annual “Comic-Con” of politics continues to include people from all political perspectives, discussing and debating, presenting and mingling. The largest corporate news source present was MSNBC who provided free tote bags freshly made in front of you and a huge stage in the center where news anchors spoke on contentious topics such as race and sex, among others.
The greatest blatant comical relief was nearing the comical caricaturized Trump blimp who was portrayed in the image of a whiny baby holding a phone, probably Tweeting something sour.
There were not as many vendors this year, and the LA Convention Center was probably too big and spread out to host Politicon, as opposed to the Pasadena Convention Center where Politicon has been held for two years prior. Some people were confused as to where to go and when people were speaking.
Of course, both of these so-called debates were riddled with logical fallacies, emotions, and inconsistent philosophy such as the role of government and its limitations, fear-mongering on both sides, the push for regulations of technology and people, etc. Coincidentally, another bruise in American politics was present posthumously, i.e. the Nixon Foundation, with the former US President’s lackluster limo including deflated tires and all, and a booth displaying various images of Richard Nixon.
As a side note, in response and staunch opposition to Nixon’s policies is what helped start the Libertarian Party in 1971; and the ’71’ in “71 Republic” is an homage to the founding of the Libertarian Party.
It was great seeing some familiar faces, such as former Presidential candidate Austin Petersen; former Vice President candidate, photographer, entrepreneur, and owner of the award-winning marijuana company Lit.Club – Judd Weiss; Libertarian writer and speaker – Avens O’Brien; Libertarian Party of California State Chair – Honor “Mimi” Robson; the Mises Institute; Free and Equal Elections‘ – Christina Tobin; along with many others.
I, Joshua D. Glawson, was also there representing 71 Republic, donning a costume, taking notes, and speaking with various people:
I look forward to next year’s Politicon, and I hope to see more libertarian scholars present to accurately debate those that only want to impose the State on everyone for their own constantly changing agendas and overall Statism.
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