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📢 Double Standards—🏡 Housing Bubble?—😷Botched COVID Response

The story this week is ridiculous standards. We’ve heard for the last few weeks about the catastrophic damage the Looney Tunes and Peter Pan have on children. 

But, simulating sex acts in thongs on national TV is perfectly fine. At least that’s the argument.

What can we learn from these different standards?

I think it’s safe to say our values as a culture are all out of sorts. We should condemn softcore porn on national TV. And, while we may have to explain why some racial references our kids are exposed to aren’t ok, we shouldn’t shield them from the past.

Every dystopian novel (that I can think of) includes forgetting or rewriting the past. 1984 discusses the “eternal present” and The Giver shows how you can erase everyone’s memories and they’ll think they’re happy.

However, that’s not the case. We should know our past and deal with it. And we should not celebrate porn on ABC. Those should be our standards, but we’ve forgotten that.

The articles, podcasts, and social this week will show you some of the backwards standards we’ve seen crop up in our culture.

Articles

Asian Discrimination

While we say that whites, Jews, and Asians are “privileged,” hate crimes against Asians are on the rise. We’ve seen this with Jews for a while where hate crimes against them are swept under the rug when committed by minorities, and this report shows Asians are being targeted in Canada. If this were Muslims, women, or an aggrieved minority, it would be everywhere. But, in our backwards society, you can hate successful groups. Find out more>

Real Estate is booming.

Like many other asset classes, the real estate market is on fire. There’s a headline that caught my attention because it was telling how “this bubble is different.” I think we’ll see more of this as the effects of pumping trillions of dollars into our economy come to fruition. Like every bubble, it will eventually burst, but I don’t see that happening yet. Read more>

Podcasts

Sex Addiction

In response to the porn problem I mentioned earlier, I wanted to recommend Fight The New Drug’s Podcast. They had Eddie Capparucci, a counselor and sex addiction specialist on to talk about the emotional triggers for porn use. Listen to the podcast here>

Struggle with porn? Want to protect your family from porn? Check out Covenant Eyes.

Botched Covid Response

Dave Rubin hosted a great roundtable about the COVID response. And, he had real medical experts on to explain how we’ve gone wrong (and where we’ve gone right). He had Gina Florino, Max Lugavere, and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya. Listen to the podcast here>

Is the Pope Catholic?

In response to the uproar about the Pope teaching Catholic doctrine, Trent Horn explained on his podcast why the Pope did this. It was great to hear what prompted this statement that seemed out of the blue, and to learn more about some clerics attempts to change this teaching. Listen to the podcast here>

Social Chatter

What are you reading?

The question that launched a thousand tweets (or so it seems). The Vital Masculinity Twitter asked this and sparked a great web of tweets about what people are reading. Dive in to get some good recommendations and put in your two cents. Check it out>

St. Patrick’s Day

Don’t know much about Saint Patrick? I had a thread about him and what he did for Ireland for anyone who wants to learn more. Check out the thread>

Toppling Standards

And, If you want to see the discussion about the bad standards we have as a culture, I have a thread that prompted this idea. Comparing and contrasting the images next to each other was somewhat startling, but I think it had to be done. Check out the thread>

My Conversations

What Would John Locke Say?

I sat down with Brooke Medina from the John Locke Foundation to discuss what Locke might have to say about our culture. We discussed the problems confronting our property rights, privacy, the issues with big tech, and more. Listen or watch here>

Why be Christian?

And, I reviewed Orthodoxy, the wonderful work by G.K. Chesterton. In this book, he shows how he came to Christianity in a way I’ve never heard it described. So, if you want a clever, fun discussion on an intellectual journey, check it out. Listen or watch here>

212. Antitrust and Big Tech | Why Conservatives Should Tread Carefully Conversation of Our Generation

I had the chance to sit down and speak with Ashley Baker, an expert in antitrust. We discussed antitrust and big tech, and how conservatives should fight back against tech. Ashley is the Policy Director for the Committee for Justice, Expert at the Regulatory Transparency Project, and works with the Alliance on Antitrust. So, she knows what she's talking about, and it shows. Dive into the conversation below to learn more about these issues and what Ashley recommends. What is Antitrust? Antitrust is basically a set of legal principles, laws, and precedents that inform us on how to handle anti-competition behaviors of companies. Big businesses may work with other organizations to undermine competition in the economic landscape, which is what antitrust seeks to prevent. Since businesses are built to beat their competition, they can hinder their competition's ability to succeed. However, they cannot work to destroy competition itself. And, that is where antitrust comes into play. There are many examples of antitrust violations we can point to, but the basics of antitrust is that we want to promote a competitive environment. Antitrust Laws and How They Relate to Big Tech You may be familiar with antitrust laws like the Federal Trade Commission Act, which gave us the FTC, or the Sherman Act. But, antitrust law is much more than a couple acts passed by Congress. In fact, much of what governs antitrust policy is precedent, and that's where conservatives have to be careful. If we are to regulate big tech companies through antitrust policy, we need to beware of how it'll effect other aspects of law. That's why I am so grateful to Ashley for coming on to discuss the antitrust efforts and big tech. She shows how antitrust cases inform our laws, and how we might apply that to Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon. Antitrust and Big Tech We must do something about big tech need, but what? First we must understand a few things. Are big tech companies monopolies? Does big tech violate antitrust law in the United States? What can we do to regulate big tech? We'll find the answers to each of these questions in the particulars. There's no simple answer. Rather, the devil is in the details. How Conservatives Should Fight Back Against Big Tech Our politics leans towards slogans and partisanship, rather than real solutions. The answer to this problem won't fit neatly in a 10-point plan or some ideology. Instead, we have to grapple with the principles at play and the particulars of the situation. Through prudence, we can find a solution. Check out this episode: Antitrust and Big Tech | Why Conservatives Should Tread Carefully Subscribe to the Conversation of Our Generationersation of Our Generation Podcast here Check out the YouTube video here — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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  2. 211. Elitism and Prideful Disdain | A Nasty Story by Fyordor Dostoevsky
  3. 210. Political Action and the Call to "Do Something"
  4. 209. Breaking the Rules of Philosophy
  5. 208. Failures of Modernity and Rationality

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