Culture of Fear
Myth: Most Americans think violent crime in the US is at an all-time high.
Fact: Violent crime has actually fallen to historic lows.
It’s understandable to be both concerned about crime and grateful for those who protect and serve in our criminal justice system, imperfect though it may be. But many have come to believe that violent crime in the U.S. is at an all-time high due largely to the “if it bleeds it leads” mentality of most commercial news media. The Black Lives Matter movement in particular is seen by many to be undermining the rule of law by encouraging racial animosity. This culture of fear ensures further violence and the inability to constructively discuss societal issues around race, violence, and our justice system.
In an effort to combat the growing number of school shootings, the Department of Education is considering using federal taxpayer money to provide teachers with guns. How? Certain enrichment grants may provide the DOE with the legal loophole necessary to arm teachers.read more
Are there really more mass school shootings than ever? You’d be forgiven for thinking so, given the moral panic surrounding the issue. However, we looked at the facts and found that not only are school shootings declining, they’re not a new phenomenon at all.read more
Since the 9/11 attacks, Americans have been in a perpetual state of fear induced by our government and its defense departments, intelligence agencies, and politicians. The USA Patriot Act was enacted in 2001 to combat this fear, but the trade-off is an abdication of our 4th Amendment rights and right to privacy.read more
Atrocity propaganda is a term used to describe the spreading of exaggerations and disinformation about crimes committed by an enemy. It’s bad enough in that context, but it’s especially troubling that the right and the left are both using this tool against each other. Can we ever be a nation united again?read more
There has been, and continues to be, a lot of talk about the phenomenon of fake news and how it affected the 2016 election. But is fake news really that big a problem, and does it have the effect on politics that pundits think it does? Signs point to yes.read more
As the heat of the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election gets closer and closer to the White House, President Trump has gone from complete denial to a grudging “I never said it didn’t happen.” How much more evidence needs to be presented before Trump voters shift their tone?read more
Depending on who you talk to, the Black Lives Matter movement is either an extension of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s or a bunch of “wild animals” and “thugs” intent on destroying things. The difference? It seems to depend largely on the media outlet covering the protests.read more
Immigration is a huge part of the current political discussion in the US. Democrats in Congress are demanding to extend DACA, but President Trump’s rhetoric around immigration focuses on keeping immigrants out through travel bans and wall building. The conversation is...read more
Over the last two months, three gang rapes took place in Malmö, the capitol city of Sweden. Street protests erupted, with activists criticizing the police’s response and demanding better accountability from elected officials. With a general election on the horizon,...read more
Since September 11, 2001, when the Twin Towers were felled in the largest terror attack on North American soil to date, many Americans have come to fear terrorists. And the boogeyman for most of those terror attacks happens to be radical Islamist extremists. But are...read more