Kirsten Cather, The University of Texas at Austin College of Liberal Arts Japanese writer Yukio Mishima has long been a favorite of the international press. In a 1966 edition of Life magazine, he was called “Japan’s Dynamo of Letters” and “the Japanese Hemingway.” Appearing on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in August … Continue reading Japan’s most famous writer committed suicide after a failed coup attempt – now, new photos add more layers to the haunting act
Julio Rosas, a senior writer for Townhall, was at the Capitol on Wednesday when violence broke out as supporters of President Donald Trump forced their way into the building. Rosas, who has spent the past several months reporting on riots across America, followed the mob inside the Capitol to capture the situation on video. He … Continue reading Reporter Who Followed the Mob Into the Capitol Shares What He Saw
Marc-André Argentino, Concordia University What is the cost of propaganda, misinformation and conspiracy theories? Democracy and public safety, to name just two things. The United States has received a stark lesson on how online propaganda and misinformation have an offline impact. For months, Donald Trump has falsely claimed the November presidential election was rigged and … Continue reading QAnon and the storm of the U.S. Capitol: The offline effect of online conspiracy theories
Ashli Elizabeth Babbitt served in four tours of duty during her 14-year US Air Force enlistment. A high-level security official, she survived some of the deadliest war zones in the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Her life came to an abrupt end on Wednesday, not in a foreign country but in the US Capitol, where … Continue reading US Capitol Attack a Reminder of the Perils of Using Violence in the Name of Fighting Injustice
In 2020, many of us have become accustomed to terms and concepts we never thought we’d be discussing: “social distancing,” mask requirements, and Zoom parties all come to mind. We can add Section 230 to that list, an obscure provision of the Communications and Decency Act (1996) that was previously unknown to most. Section 230 … Continue reading What Is Section 230 and Why Do Trump and His Allies Want to Repeal It?
David M. Mayer, University of Michigan The electoral votes have confirmed Joe Biden won the 2020 United States presidential election. The presidential electors gave Biden 306 electoral votes to President Donald Trump’s 232 votes. Biden also recorded a solid lead of over 7 million in the popular vote. Voters deeply divided over election process and … Continue reading The psychology of fairness: Why some Americans don’t believe the election results
Recent legislators, activists, and education reformers have promised to lead us into a new world of equity. No longer will some groups have a different lifestyle from others. No longer will some groups have a different education from others. There will be reform or else, Hawk Newsome warns, “we will burn down this system and … Continue reading How Ayn Rand’s Dystopian Novella Anticipated Cancel Culture
Chaos is consuming Portland, Oregon. Local police declared a riot on Saturday evening after rioters once again tried to burn down a federal courthouse and launched mortars and fireworks at police officers, several of whom sustained injuries. Similarly destructive unrest has unfolded each night in the city for weeks now, with rampant vandalism, arson, graffiti, … Continue reading Vandalism Is Violence: Destructive Riots Are Not ‘Just Property Damage’
Churches throughout the United States have become victims of vandalism in recent days. In France, police arrested a 39-year-old Rwandan refugee after a cathedral was set on fire Saturday in the city of Nantes. Similar violence and vandalism in the U.S. follow the May 25 death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. Since Floyd’s death, vandals and … Continue reading 7 Acts of Vandalism, Desecration at Churches Across Nation
Shelby Talcott, a reporter for The Daily Caller, has been covering protests and riots in the weeks since the death of George Floyd, including in Seattle and Washington, D.C. She most recently has spent time in Portland, which has become extremely violent. She joins The Daily Signal Podcast to discuss what she has seen and … Continue reading She’s Been on the Ground Covering Portland Protests. Here’s What She’s Seen.