George Orwell’s 1984, Part 2: Crash Course Literature #402

George Orwell’s 1984, Part 2: Crash Course Literature #402

Hi I’m John Green, this is Crash Course literature, and today we’re going back to the future–that is now past–to George Orwell’s 1984, which imagines a terrifying world in which every human activity is recorded and monitored. How unpleasant would that be, he said staring into a camera lens. So, as mentioned in our previous […]

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Jonathan Pie’s Rant On Cultural Appropriation

Jonathan Pie’s Rant On Cultural Appropriation

Ah, fuck me, OK. Cultural appropriation. Another example of utter lefty fuckin’ lunacy, OK? Cultural appropriation is this idea that, if you are inspired by or borrow from another’s culture, that is, in effect, an act of stealing and is therefore an offensive act. It’s a difficult one to get your head around cos it’s […]

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Janus v. AFSCME: Can teachers unions be saved? | WHAT IF?

Janus v. AFSCME: Can teachers unions be saved? | WHAT IF?

In the spring of 2018, teachers unions had a wave of victories with a string of red state strikes, but summer brought a major defeat when the Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that agency fees are unconstitutional. Before Janus, some states compelled non-union teachers to pay an agency fee to the union that […]

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Janus v. AFSCME: Union Fees & the First Amendment [SCOTUSbrief]

Janus v. AFSCME: Union Fees & the First Amendment [SCOTUSbrief]

The issue in this case are whether public sector union fees are constitutional. The parties to this case are Mark Janus, Child Support Specialist Employed by the State of Illinois, and the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Council 31, otherwise known as AFSCME Council 31, as well as various departments of the […]

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Stephen Hicks – Explaining Postmodernism In 2018

Stephen Hicks – Explaining Postmodernism In 2018

[Music] good evening and welcome to Nevada I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time my apologies for that little thing over there I just can’t stand people like that – agent I’ll be your emcee for the night a founding partner of Capitol events and a veteran member of the UBC these […]

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On the Vital Necessity of Free Speech (are you listening, Saudis)?

On the Vital Necessity of Free Speech (are you listening, Saudis)?

Thank you all very much, thank you Barbara, and to everyone for First inviting me in, second for attending. So I’m gonna try to do something very difficult This evening. I’m going to try to put the idea of The rights, the right to free speech in the broadest possible historical context. I want to […]

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TRIGGER WARNING: Ted Cruz goes scorched earth on anti-free speech culture

TRIGGER WARNING: Ted Cruz goes scorched earth on anti-free speech culture

Cruz: Elaborate a little bit on how political correctness is impacting college debate. Student: I’d love to. At the beginning of every round, we’re asked to write our gender pronouns on the board. [Audience laughter] Woman: Here we go. Student: It gets a little bit worse. If our cases are a little bit edgy, we […]

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DEBATE: Should We Limit Free Speech for Nazis?

DEBATE: Should We Limit Free Speech for Nazis?

[Brendan O’Neill] – Yeah, I want to defend free speech for Nazis because the idea that you can have free speech, but not for Nazis is such a profound contradiction in terms, that’s not free speech, that’s licensed speech, that’s speech that you are licensed, that is speech you are licensed to enjoy so long […]

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2017 Maps of Meaning 12: Final: The Divinity of the Individual

2017 Maps of Meaning 12: Final: The Divinity of the Individual

I Started that I started the beginning of the class three months ago talking to you about What it what the problem was that I was trying to address? and The fundamental problem was the problem of belief systems and the issue is was what precisely constitutes a belief system and Then a secondary question […]

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Postmodernism: History and Diagnosis….

Postmodernism: History and Diagnosis….

Well, I’m speaking today with Dr. Stephen Hicks, who is a professor of philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at Rockford University in Illinois. Professor Hicks has written a book—he’s written several books—but he’s written one in particular that I wanted to talk to him about today called Explaining Postmodernism: Skepticism and Socialism from Rousseau […]

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