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The Tuttle Twins in Ukraine

It’s been a scary week, to say the least. From around the world, we’ve watched in horror as Putin-led Russia launched a military assault on Ukraine. Across news stations, the chilling sounds of bomb sirens and explosions could be heard in live dispatches from Kyiv and across Eastern Europe. Videos of fighter jets, missiles, and armed civilians shooting at tanks have circulated heavily in our social media feeds. In this instant-information age, the world is being reminded once again of the horrors of war. Even as I write this email, the carnage continues into its third day: warfare to this degree has not happened in Europe since World War II. It would seem that many in the political establishment, along with the beltway pundit class, would like us to see this situation as an extension of WWII. Already, I’m beginning to hear establishment figures on both sides of the aisle beat

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Petty Tyrants, Frozen Bank Accounts, and Jekyll Island

This last Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the Emergencies Act for the first time in Canada’s history. By setting this law in motion, the Canadian government essentially suspends its citizens’ civil liberties for 30 days. According to the books, the act can only be invoked under an “urgent and critical situation” that “seriously endangers the lives, health or safety of Canadians.” There are four categories of “emergency” that qualify for the law to be enacted: public welfare emergencies, public order emergencies, international emergencies, and war emergencies. Try as I might, I just can’t seem to find “getting embarrassed by fed-up truckers” on that list. But if we know one thing about big government, we know it never lets a crisis go to waste: whether we’re talking about an actual crisis or…you know… a bunch of trucks parked in the road. Trudeau and his cronies also announced that they would be freezing the bank accounts of anyone who

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How to Not Raise a Book-Burner

This week, the internet was treated to a viral video of high schoolers “de-colonizing” their school library. “Taking this school’s curriculum into our own hands,” the young activists captioned, as dozens of books by white authors were gleefully pulled from shelves and tossed into dumpsters by several teenage students. Titles included The War Against Boys by Christina Hoff Sommers, Stock Market Logic by norman G. Fosback, and, ironically, a history of Jean-Jacque Rousseau, a philosopher whose writings on civil rights and human nature partially inspired the French Revolution… Among many others. (Quick note: I’m linking the video here for those who’d like to watch, but both the background song and the captions contain some pretty coarse language. Be warned.) The TikTok’s final frame, showing dozens of books in the dumpster I first came across this cringe-inducing clip via Libs of TikTok—a Twitter page dedicated to reminding us that the world does indeed need turning around. In skimming the replies to

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What the Cancel-Culture Scolds Can Teach Us

Last week, I shared a few thoughts on an attempted cancellation of Joe Rogan by a few musicians and pundits. As many of you may know, since I sent that newsletter, the plot has thickened quite a bit. It all centers around a highlight reel of Rogan’s most offensive comments over the last 10 years, which was spliced together in most unflattering fashion and circulated by a few prominent leftists. The video has been dominating cable news and social media trends for several days now. Naturally, as the video picked up traction, the angry hordes of blue-checks, pundits, and keyboard warriors didn’t hesitate to screech that he must be deplatformed at all costs, calling him a bigoted, racist, white supremacist. Now, to be clear: I’ll make no attempt to defend a single word that comes out of this man’s mouth. There are plenty of things he and I don’t see

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On Truckers, Joe Rogan, and “Unacceptable Views”

Been one heck of a week, hasn’t it? For starters, Canadian truckers and their “Freedom Convoy” have mounted a stunning protest against the draconian Covid rules forced by Justin Trudeau and his band of lower-government cronies. In fact, so many trucks have joined the ever-growing convoy (to the tune of more than 50,000), it broke the world record for largest truck parade ten times over! It wasn’t only truckers protesting, either: fed-up Canadians lined the highways to greet the convoy, waving signs of support and cheering on their countrymen. (It didn’t take long before certain bureaucrats in Nova Scotia decided to outlaw protesting from the side of the road… yep.) I have to be honest: watching all of this is a little embarrassing for us Americans. Have we really let ourselves slip so far into complacency, we’re getting out-protested by the world’s most agreeable people? We’re supposed to be the crazy individualists, for crying out loud! In all seriousness, it’s

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Taxation Isn’t Theft

There are three different terms law enforcement will use to describe crimes in which private property is stolen. Theft is the simplest: it entails the action of stealing. Burglary is when a building is entered illegally with the intent to commit a crime. Most often, the crime involves theft. Finally, robbery is another form of stealing—but unlike simple theft, this involves physical coercion: a gun drawn, a knife pointed, some threat of violence. So if we’re going to use precise language, taxation isn’t theft. It’s much worse: it’s armed robbery. If you think I’m being dramatic, ponder for a moment how the IRS actually works.  First, the government demands that you give a certain portion of your income to them. Remember, they can change the numbers of what you owe at any time. Then, they spend your money on whatever they want… No matter how their plans and policies may violate

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