Culture War
Many from both the right and the left bemoan the state of the American culture today. Whether it is the lack of positive images in TV, movies, music, politicians, sports figures, police in schools and more, freedom and morality are discussed as being in conflict with each other. Benjamin Franklin once wrote on the subject: "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need for masters." This should ring true to you today as we debate not only our eroding culture, but the role of government in our lives. Are culture and the need for more government control more connected than we realize?

Lessons from Europe on Free Speech

by Jacob, McHangama,
from CATO Institute,
Summer, 2018:

Not long ago, the idea that free speech and democracy were in retreat would have been an outlandish notion. From 1980 to 2003, the number of countries with a free press grew from 51 to 78, according to Freedom House. And this growth went hand in hand with an unprecedented spread of democracy and human rights at the global level.

But 2004 marked the beginning of a constant decline. Since then, we’re down from 41 to 31 percent of the world’s countries with a free press. Only 13 percent of the world’s 7.4 billion people enjoy free speech, while 45 percent live in countries where censorship is the norm.

And, unfortunately, it’s not only China, Venezuela, or Saudi Arabia driving this development - Europe too has become less tolerant of controversial speech.

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