free speech

The Biden administration announced that they are suspending the Disinformation Governance Board. But is the desire to control information really gone from our government? First up this week, we welcome writer and scientist Dr. Matt Briggs (wmbriggs.com) to the program. He shows that even though the disinformation board is on hiatus, other similar offices still exist, like the Office of Environment Justice. Government, in establishing what disinformation is supposed to be, is also establishing what truth is supposed to be.

The need to create a disinformation board in the first place is still prevalent and, according to our next guest, is more about being afraid of dissent rather than disinformation. Back with us today is Brandon Smith (alt-market.us), Founder of the Alternative Market Project. The left has evolved from supporting all free speech no matter what to now demonizing free speech – especially if it goes against their narrative.

We finish up this week with a report out of Canada that the Trudeau administration may soon require journalists to obtain a license if they want to keep doing business. Joining us is freelance writer and software engineer Michael Tennant (thenewamerican.com). Journalists are not yet required to get a license in Canada, but subsidies and preferential treatment tend to go to those who have one. With freedom of speech under attack in the U.S., how long before we see a similar requirement for our press?

This Memorial Day, we take time to honor, reflect, and remember those who've made the ultimate sacrifice for our country so we can keep those freedoms we often talk about.

So, the Biden administration just announced that they are discontinuing the Disinformation Governance Board. We recorded today's interview right before that announcement. The topics today, however, are still very much relevant. Back with us after a long hiatus is writer and scientist Dr. Matt Briggs (wmbriggs.com). He discusses the obvious faults with a disinformation board, as well as similar problems with the new Office of Environment Justice and its counterpart in the Securities and Exchange Commission. Government, in establishing what disinformation is supposed to be, is also establishing what truth is supposed to be.

Stand Up, Do Something

Broadcast Running Time: 01:19:31

John Loeffler

November 27, 2021

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There are many people in this country who are standing up against the woke, against the totalitarians, against the Marxists. One of those folks is here to lead off the show this week, free speech activist Simon Campbell. He details how a school board in Pennsylvania – one he once served on – has denied some parents the right to speak out against the board members. Three of those parents, together with Simon, are taking the board to court. He also looks at ways to improve education. He embodies John's axiom: I will not sit down; I will not shut up!

Another fighter who is standing up and doing something is best-selling author and feminist leader Dr. Phyllis Chesler (phyllis-chesler.com). She is spearheading efforts to help some Afghan women who don't feel safe in their own country escape what would almost assuredly be a terrible fate. She and John also discuss the sticky and complex issues surrounding immigration, especially the concern regarding assimilation to Western culture.

John has often said that if what is logical does not seem to be happening, then some other agenda is afoot. There's nothing logical in the opposition to voter ID, so the question is: what's the other agenda? Rounding out the show this week is Dr. John Lott (crimeresearch.org), Founder and President of the Crime Prevention Research Center. He shows what other countries do with voter ID and asks why democrats here oppose it. We all know why. We just need politicians to stand up and do something about it.

Simon Campbell: I Will Not Shut Up!

Broadcast Running Time: 24:28

John Loeffler

November 17, 2021

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The Pennsbury School Board, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania north of Philadelphia, recently became the latest flashpoint for angry parents – and the Board's attempts to shut them up. One parent is fighting back by taking the school board to court. Joining us today is a plaintiff in that suit, free speech activist Simon Campbell. Simon, a former Pennsbury School Board member himself, explains what led up to his fiery appearance before the board in June and the subsequent lawsuit. He discusses the rules of the board and how they counteract the U.S. Constitution. He also looks at ways to improve education, including diminishing teachers unions and advocating for merit-based teacher pay. He's the very embodiment of John's axiom: I will not sit down; I will not shut up!

Suzzanne Monk: Inside January 6

Broadcast Running Time: 18:06

John Loeffler

October 8, 2021

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While the events of January 6th were definitely not an insurrection, there were some behind the scenes planners. Where those planners' work is quite disturbing. Joining us today is author, activist, and podcast host Suzzanne Monk (trumptalk.us). She discusses how people arrested on January 6 are still being jailed without a trial, how Antifa and the FBI were more involved than regular citizens in the planning, and how the powers that be on the Left want conservative patriots to live in fear. The FBI is focused more on planning events like this or harassing parents who speak out at school board meetings than actually doing their job.

G. Tod Slone: Abridging Free Speech

Broadcast Running Time: 17:21

The Free Expression Institute just handed out awards meant to honor – well, free expression – but the awards ended up going to people in social media and Big Tech who have been instrumental in censoring conservatives. Joining us today from Massachusetts is G. Tod Slone (theamericandissident.org), Founder of the American Dissident. He looks at the numerous violations of free speech occurring in society today and how, even though we have the First Amendment, many people feel the need to self-censor in order to steer clear of hassle. And if we don't self-censor, then the tech overlords will do it for us.

He Who Controls History, Controls the Future

Broadcast Running Time: 01:18:10

John Loeffler

April 3, 2021

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The long rolling agenda to establish a New World Order has affected virtually every aspect of our lives, including education. In order to understand how we got to where we are, we need to recognize the history of this long rolling agenda. Back with us is long-time friend of the show, Dennis Cuddy, a historian and former Senior Associate at the Department of Education (newswithviews.com). He shows how educrats removed moral absolutes and Judeo-Christian values from schools and replaced them with leftist ideals and globalism.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights..." We are all familiar with the words. But what did the founders mean by unalienable rights? Robert Curry (claremont.org), Board Member at the Claremont Institute, joins us to discuss the difference between alienable and unalienable rights and how the latter is under attack today. Common sense has been lost and in its place has emerged a post-truth ideology.

Finally this week, we attempt to look at free speech and journalism from a balanced, middle of the ground perspective with Matt Welch (reason.com), libertarian and Editor at Large at Reason Magazine. He looks at the difference between the cultural value and the legal value of free speech in society. He also goes over the history of journalism and how the media, an institution protected under the first amendment, has now come out against free speech.

Matt Welch: Is Free Speech Being Abridged?

Broadcast Running Time: 25:14

John Loeffler

March 30, 2021

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In the constant battle for free speech between the left and the right in this country, very few people tackle the argument from the middle of the field. Joining us today is, as John calls him, the man in the middle of the row boat trying to stop it from toppling over. That man is Matt Welch (reason.com), Libertarian and Editor at Large at Reason Magazine. He looks at the state of free speech today and the difference between the cultural value and the legal value of free speech in society. He also covers the history of journalism and how media is now coming out against free speech in some areas. Will the war on our constitutional freedoms continue to get uglier?

Censorship seems to be a popular activity these days, but it has picked up a surprising champion – the mainstream media! Joining us today is John Tierney (city-journal.org), Contributor Editor to the City Journal, who points out that censorship had been ramping up, but since the Capitol violence, it has been unleashed virtually unabated. And as crazy as it sounds, woke leftist media outlets seem to be welcoming it. Conservatives are being banned, but when leftists called for violence during the Trump administration, nothing was done. It's a dangerous plan to ignore the freedoms found in the Constitution – when that happens, totalitarianism isn't far behind.

John Loeffler

December 2, 2020

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Colleges used to be bastions of free speech but in recent years have become a staunch enemy of our First Amendment.  Travis Barham (adflegal.org), Senior Counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, joins us today to discuss a current Supreme Court case he's working on.  The case involves a student at a Georgia college who was made to jump through hoops just to speak freely about his faith on campus, only to find his rights were still violated after all the hoop-jumping.  Speech zones, small corners of campus where one can still speak his or her mind, are on trial, but it's the future of the First Amendment's freedoms of speech and religion that are really at stake.