Western Apathy Toward Iran’s Religious Dictatorship

Imagine being torn away from your husband and son, brutally arrested, and tossed into solitary confinement. Imagine being prevented from calling your family or even speaking to your lawyer. Imagine having to go on a hunger strike to get attention. This was the actual experience of one Iranian woman, Shaparak Shajarizadeh. Her “crime”? Protesting the Iranian … Continue reading Western Apathy Toward Iran’s Religious Dictatorship

Nadine Strossen on ‘Hate Speech’ Laws vs. Free Speech

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJTRDSTa8D0 Every so often, the debate over “hate speech” moves to the foreground, and we hear urgent calls for the United States to enact laws banning it. Many claim that such laws would have beneficial outcomes, curtailing speech that belittles, demeans, offends, or discriminates. Canada, the United Kingdom, France and many other Western countries have … Continue reading Nadine Strossen on ‘Hate Speech’ Laws vs. Free Speech

Racism, ‘Color Blindness,’ and Tribalism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQ-l3JX4Mgo Martin Luther King famously dreamed of a future in which his children “will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Today that dream is far from realized, and the idea of being “colorblind” is increasingly regarded as entrenching racism. Instead, we’re urged to regard people … Continue reading Racism, ‘Color Blindness,’ and Tribalism