Right Wing View – Mov Soc http://movsoc.org/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 03:20:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://movsoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/mov-soc-icon.png Right Wing View – Mov Soc http://movsoc.org/ 32 32 Tennessee’s No. 22 Vescovi defeats Butler in Battle 4 Atlantis https://movsoc.org/tennessees-no-22-vescovi-defeats-butler-in-battle-4-atlantis/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 03:20:35 +0000 https://movsoc.org/tennessees-no-22-vescovi-defeats-butler-in-battle-4-atlantis/ PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Santiago Vescovi scored his 13 points after halftime and sparked the decisive run that helped Tennessee’s No. 22 beat Butler 71-45 Wednesday night in the first round of Battle 4 Atlantis .

Vescovi hit three 3-pointers on a 17-1 run that opened the game for the Volunteers (3-1), who shot 53% after halftime. Tennessee led 28-23 at the break, then responded when Butler walked into a basket with the big run that pushed the Vols to an 18-point lead midway through the second half.

Julian Phillips added 11 points for Tennessee, which was without leading scorer Josiah-Jordan James (13.7) with left knee pain. He had an off-season procedure on that same joint.

Jayden Taylor scored 18 points with four 3s to lead the Bulldogs (3-2), who shot just 31.9%. It also included a pair of costly droughts, first going the final 5:05 of the first half without a field goal, then all seven minutes of the second half as Tennessee made their move.

Leading just 36-34, Phillips started the run with a driving field goal, then Vescovi followed with a 3 from the left wing on an inbound pass.

This launched Vescovi. He followed with another 3 from the right corner on a kick from Zakai Zeigler, then hit a third from the right wing on another wire from Zeigler.

By the time Vescovi skipped Eric Hunter Jr.’s pass and scored on a runout, Tennessee was leading 53-35 with 9:15 remaining.


Butler: The Bulldogs are playing the first season of Thad Matta’s second stint as coach, the other coming in 2000-01. They had shot 53.1% in the first four games but struggled much more this time around, especially from behind the arc. After coming in shooting 36.6% on 3s, the Bulldogs went just 5 of 23 in this one – including 1 of 10 after halftime.

Tennessee: The Volunteers opened the season at No. 11 in the AP Top 25 before a stumble against Colorado in Nashville on Nov. 13. They responded by beating Florida Gulf Coast by 31 points and retired for another lopsided win despite missing a key player.


Butler: The Bulldogs will face BYU, which lost to Southern California in the first round, in Thursday’s consolation bracket.

Commentary: Elwood Watson — New Right-wing Media Targets https://movsoc.org/commentary-elwood-watson-new-right-wing-media-targets/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 06:29:17 +0000 https://movsoc.org/commentary-elwood-watson-new-right-wing-media-targets/ We are more than a week away from the 2022 midterm elections, and many comments and various reasons have been offered as to why the results turned out the way they did.

Despite all the talk of the “massive red wave” supposedly coming with hurricane force, we did witness a red drizzle. The startling result prompted shocked Republicans to immediately create a ring-neck firing squad, blaming various people – especially Donald Trump. The blame game is still going on among many GOP factions, and the ongoing fragmentation is an interesting sight to watch.

Interestingly, but not entirely surprisingly, the right-wing media is increasingly focusing on two groups of voters they see as part of their problems: young voters and single women. Generation Z, the age bracket that includes voters under 30, and single women have drawn considerable anger among many conservative media outlets for their overwhelming support for Democratic candidates in the 2022 midterm elections.

Tufts University’s Center for Civic Learning and Engagement Research and Information estimated that young voters between the ages of 18 and 29 voted for Democrats over Republicans in House races from 28 dots. About 27% of the population voted midterm, up from 31% in 2018, but the second highest percentage in the past decade. The poll also found that 72% of young women between the ages of 18 and 29 voted for Democratic House candidates.

Incredibly, some far-right pundits and conservative media outlets have suggested raising the voting age and possibly banning single women from voting, arguing that such groups are misguided by Democrats.

Media Matters, a progressive fact-checking outlet, cited the following examples:

  • Fox News host Jesse Watters called young voters “totally brainwashed” and claimed, “Once women get married, they vote Republican.”
  • Anti-Muslim extremist Brigitte Gabriel wrote on Twitter that we should “raise the voting age to 21” and that “Gen Z is destroying the country at the ballot box.”
  • Conservative newspaper RedState ran an article titled “Don’t Blame Gen Z for Voting Democrat, Blame the People Who Told Them”. The article claimed that “many of them don’t know any better. Their whole take on politics comes from the likes of Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, and any TikTok influencer they decided to start getting their information from. The article goes on to urge parents to “investigate your children’s schools” and encourage politicians to withdraw funding from state universities “that preach un-American values.”
  • Conservative propagandist and election denier Dinesh D’Souza argued that young people voted overwhelmingly for the Democrats because students are misinformed about conservatism. As a result, when this view is “later challenged, their minds are so hardened, so determined, that they don’t even really listen”. D’Souza also said an uncertain economic future, partially created by large student loans, is pushing young voters toward “socialism” because it means “someone else is going to foot the bill.”
  • Blaze TV host Steve Deace pushed the idea that Democrats have an “evil agenda” that “survived the election because young, single women want to kill babies whenever they want.”
  • Appearing on “The Ingraham Angle,” Fox News contributor Raymond Arroyo claimed that young people voted for the Democrats because they were being offered “drugs, recreational drugs, abortion, [and] repaid student loans.
  • The Telegram account of far-right social media network Gab called these voters “childless single whores from Babylon” who want to “keep slaughtering their children”. He later called single women a “threat to civilization.”

There were many other outlandish claims not worth repeating.

The fact is that by attempting to pacify their public with a barrage of nonsensical propaganda, the right-wing segment of the Republican Party is giving even more credence to their detractors that they are dishonest provocateurs who will indulge in any type of behavior, however obviously dishonest. or reductive in order to maintain power and control over their largely racist, sexist, xenophobic, paranoid and misguided followers.

Such manipulative gaslighting is simply abominable.

Elwood Watson is Professor of History, Black Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies at East Tennessee State University. He is also an author and speaker.

Danielle Smith loses Alberta moderate midfielder. Now she will try to get them back https://movsoc.org/danielle-smith-loses-alberta-moderate-midfielder-now-she-will-try-to-get-them-back/ Tue, 15 Nov 2022 18:37:16 +0000 https://movsoc.org/danielle-smith-loses-alberta-moderate-midfielder-now-she-will-try-to-get-them-back/

EDITOR’S NOTE: CBC News and The Road Ahead commissioned this public opinion research in mid-October, beginning six days after Danielle Smith won the leadership of the United Conservative Party.

As with all polls, this one is a snapshot in time.

This analysis is part of a series of articles resulting from this research. Other stories will follow.

hours after her victory in the by-elections last week, Danielle Smith led her Twitter feed on fighting inflation. Among a series of tweets, one stood out: a serious Photo of herself listening to a group of women who might pass for a stock image of suburban mothers. The infographic in the tweet pledged to examine utility costs and target government assistance to the cost of living.

His long-awaited pivot was taking on more solid form – from grievance politics popular with his conservative base to day-to-day concerns of rising food and fuel prices, and bottlenecks in hospital emergency rooms. of the province.

In her by-election victory speech, she pledged to take “substantial and unprecedented action to help Albertans and their families.”

Smith sparked the leadership race for the ruling United Conservative Party (UCP) with fiery anti-Ottawa rhetoric and a sovereignty bill.

Then, on the day she rose to the province’s top job, Smith sparked even more controversy with her controversial claim that the unvaccinated were the “most discriminated group— in keeping with his view on COVID restrictions that only a minority of Albertans seem to share.

Unlike his predecessors, Smith didn’t have the usual honeymoon glow of a new leader. CBC News’ recent Road Ahead poll suggests the NDP leads the UCP in the preferences of voters, 47% against 38.

A deep dive into the data highlights the disconnect between Smith’s rhetoric and the more moderate values ​​held by most Albertans — especially in urban areas — on issues ranging from the environment to pandemic management. UCP’s path to victory looks steep. That requires picking up moderate voters, who currently prefer the NDP by more than 30 percentage points, the poll says.

“You see a population that’s becoming more temperate, more moderate, more centrist at a time when it looks like the ruling party is becoming more militant,” said pollster Janet Brown, who conducted the survey. to research for CBC News.

brown and other longtime Alberta political observers say it would be politically strategic for Smith to turn to the values ​​of most voters in the Prairie province now.

But can she?

Alberta values ​​and voters

The CBC News poll asked a random sample of 1,200 Alberta voters more than a dozen ‘value’ questions, ranging from government’s role in the economy to social issues such as immigration and equality. .

And while politicians’ barbed words and pugilist rhetoric about the pandemic may make our politics seem bitterly polarized, polling data suggests Albertans aren’t as divided. A large soft core of Alberta voters retain rather centrist values.

“There are strong groups at either end of the political spectrum, and these are the people whose voices tend to be heard in the public sphere. The majority of voters in the center are listening,” said political scientist Lisa Young of the University of Calgary, reviewing the findings.

Using 15 surveyswe have extracted five factors – or underlying constructs – that are correlated or clustered: economic conservatism, populism, Western disaffection, cultural conservatism, and energy and the environment.

We then aggregated or clustered these value scores to understand how political values ​​shape and eventually predict voting choice in Alberta. We have divided Alberta into five groups of voters:

  • The coherent left includes 15% of Albertans. This group is consistently left-wing on everything from the environment to the role of government in the economy. Unsurprisingly, 93% of this group intends to vote for the NDP.

  • The consistent law represents 18% of Alberta voters. The values ​​of this cluster are always right wing on issues such as immigration or doing more for indigenous peoples. The UCP has a lock on 71 percent of those voters.

  • The middle moderate includes the largest group – 42 percent of voters. This group, for the most part, has centrist values, but leans slightly to the right on culturally conservative values ​​such as immigration and more help for indigenous people. He also leans slightly left on economic issues, energy/environment and disaffection with the West. Fifty-two percent of this large group say they will vote for the NDP, while 20 percent will vote for Smith and the UCP – a substantial lead for the opposition party among this pivotal segment of voters. This group tends to live in urban areas. Areas outside of Edmonton and Calgary are often incorrectly referred to as “rural Alberta”. But according to this data, residents of Red Deer have more values ​​in common with residents of Calgary and Edmonton than with residents of a small town like Coronation east of Red Deer.

  • The least culturally conservative right represents 14% of voters. This group skews to the right on most value dimensions, with the exception of culturally conservative values, where it skews slightly to the left. Moreover, it is more to the right than the second group on economic issues, energy/environment and disaffection with the West. The majority of this group (81%) intends to vote UCP.

  • Potential swing voters represents 11% of Alberta voters. This group has a mix of value positions: more left on populism and cultural issues, more right on Western disaffection and right on energy/environment. The vote choice for this group favors the NDP, with 51%, and the UCP with 18%. Interestingly, 12% of this group are “orphan voters,” that is, they did not offer a preferred party when asked the question in the survey. The remaining 11% of this group intends to vote for other Alberta parties, including the Liberals, Greens and Alberta Party.

There is no doubt that group three – the “moderate middle” – is the big winner in the provincial elections scheduled for next May.

The politics of values

Expect the UCP and NPD to try to capture the “moderate middle” group identified in CBC News’ data analysis.

“This group is really going to decide the election and the direction of the province for the foreseeable future,” Young said. “They’re flexible…they’re open to moving, to voting for a party they see as closer to their values, but also competent.”

Smith’s supposed pivot toward inflation — and what her team perceives suburban mothers want — suggests the UCP is intent on going after moderate women, an important group of voters.

“My feeling is that what she has in mind is that there are suburban women who are available to her … with the hope that they will perhaps bring their spouse with them,” said Young.

Four in 10 Albertans fall into the “moderate average” – mostly centrist in their views on issues, but some lean right on some cultural issues and left on economic and environmental issues. Smith’s UCP is far behind Rachel Notley’s NPD with this group. (Ose Irete/CBC)

There is no doubt that the NDP will continue to direct its political messages to this group as well. This group — and in particular the Calgary moderates — will likely determine who wins next May’s vote.

Remember that the New Democrats lead the UCP by 32 points in this group of moderate voters. No surprise, the party is recent Messaging focused on affordability, health care and an economic diversification plan.

“They must continue to portray themselves as a capable centrist alternative, government-in-waiting. Rachel Notley should act as if she is already prime minister,” Young added.

Brown calls the NDP’s big lead with middle voters historically remarkable, pointing out that traditionally the old Progressive Conservative Party was the “big tent party” that moved with mainstream public opinion, while NDP policies were guided more by its core progressive ideology. Brown says that seems to have flipped.

“We have the NDP, who are trying to broaden their appeal, whose policies are closer to mainstream public opinion. ‘get elected in 2023,'” Brown said.

She also thinks the best way for the UCP to get votes is to better align its rhetoric with the values ​​of the majority of Albertans.

“The reason UCP isn’t very popular right now is because they’re not talking about the right issues,” Brown said.

But Brown points out that it took Smith a while to move from talking about sovereignty and COVID-19 to other issues and values ​​that reflect the majority of Albertans’ attitudes.

“She seems reluctant to make this pivot. So the question will be whether Albertans will see this pivot as genuine or will they just see it as a cynical attempt to get elected?”

CBC News’ random poll of 1,200 Albertans was conducted using a hybrid method between October 12 and October 30, 2022 by Edmonton-based Trend Research under the direction of Janet Brown Opinion Research. The sample is representative of regional, age and gender factors. The margin of error is +/- 2.8 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. For subsets, the margin of error is greater.

The survey used a hybrid methodology which involved contacting respondents by phone and giving them the option to complete the survey at that time, at another more convenient time, or receive a link via email. and complete the online survey. Trend Research contacted people using a random list of numbers, half landlines and half cellphone numbers. Phone numbers were dialed up to five times at five different times of the day before another phone number was added to the sample. The response rate among valid numbers (ie, residential and personal) was 16.3%.

US Midterm Elections: Joe Biden’s Democrats Give Center-Left Politicians Across the Globe Hope That the Right-Wing Revolution Can Be Defeated – Joyce McMillan https://movsoc.org/us-midterm-elections-joe-bidens-democrats-give-center-left-politicians-across-the-globe-hope-that-the-right-wing-revolution-can-be-defeated-joyce-mcmillan/ Sat, 12 Nov 2022 01:05:27 +0000 https://movsoc.org/us-midterm-elections-joe-bidens-democrats-give-center-left-politicians-across-the-globe-hope-that-the-right-wing-revolution-can-be-defeated-joyce-mcmillan/
Joe Biden and the Democratic Party limited midterm election losses to a handful of seats, while Barack Obama lost nearly 70 in 2010 (Photo: Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

Once-marginal Florida had voted overwhelmingly for Republican Gov. Ron De Santis, both houses of Congress would likely see Republican majorities, and it looked like Joe Biden’s presidency was dead in the water, as the now-orthodox narrative of inevitable gains of the right, and social democratic losses, has been deployed for the umpteenth time in recent years.

So it was a strange feeling to wake up on Wednesday morning with the news that things didn’t turn out so bad after all, for the global center left. It’s not that the threat of Republican majorities in both houses of Congress has disappeared; both could still happen, once all the votes are counted and each round of voting is over.

Yet, at a time of soaring inflation and enormous economic anxiety in the United States, Joe Biden and his party managed to limit Democratic midterm losses to a mere handful of seats – less a dozen – in both houses of Congress, while a more popular Barack Obama in 2010 lost nearly 70 seats midterm. It is already clear that factors were at play that prevented the usual iron rule of American politics – that the party in the White House suffer heavy losses in the medium term – from operating with its usual strength; and those who wish to halt the recent rise of hard-right politics in the West should therefore consider carefully both what those factors might be and whether they resonate elsewhere.

First, it appears that while economic factors played an extremely important role in shaping the election outcome, they did not always go as planned. Americans are certainly concerned about the current cost-of-living crisis and unimpressed with Joe Biden’s efforts to deal with it; but it seems, after decades of growing inequality in America, there has been a reluctance in some areas to jump to the conclusion that Republicans would fare better.

Then, despite the widespread view on Tuesday that Joe Biden’s focus on the future of democracy and the threat to abortion rights had little impact with voters, these issues clearly played a role. key in limiting the Republican advance. An exit poll suggested that while inflation was voters’ top concern, identified as the key issue by 32%, abortion rights were almost as high, at 27%; and in states where abortion rights proposals appeared directly on the ballot, the results were uniformly in favor of women’s right to choose.

While the future of democracy may not have been a widely expressed concern, it appears that many of Donald Trump’s militant “election denier” candidates have performed poorly; and Joe Biden’s controversial moves to invest in America’s transition to a low-carbon economy clearly failed to dip support for his party, in an election that saw younger voters to visit in particularly large numbers, in certain regions.

All of this offers an interesting idea of ​​the kind of alliance that apparently can still help stop far-right politics in its tracks, and has recently done so in countries as diverse as Brazil and Australia. There are, of course, many negative and disturbing counterexamples. Yet out there, in the haze of our apocalyptic times, we can nonetheless see the form of reality-based politics that could trump the lies and manipulations of far-right propaganda based on myth and conspiracy theories.

It is center-left politics based on the reality of recent struggles, over the last half-century, for women’s rights, gay and trans rights, and the right of black people to be treated as citizens. equal; and above all, today, in the growing struggle of ordinary workers and displaced communities everywhere to reclaim their fair share of the wealth increasingly plundered from our economies by the hyper-rich, and to join the fight to save our environment natural, both local and global, of the impending catastrophe of rampant climate change.

Citizens who engage in these struggles are, it seems, much more resistant to far-right propaganda than those who live alone on social media or in front of the TV screen; and they also have – as was evident this week – another campaign advantage, in the surprisingly irresponsible and unruly behavior in power of many who are drawn to far-right politics in these times. Undoubtedly, Donald Trump’s dangerous misconduct at the end of his presidency, after the election of Joe Biden, damaged the Republican brand for many in “Central America”; and his irritable inability to recognize the success of others, even in his own party, now seems bound to harm him further.

Add to that the recent unedifying mayhem of the Conservative government in the UK, under the influence of right-wing Tufton Street lobbying organisations, and it is clear that even bland and cautious centre-left leaders like Joe Biden and Keir Starmer can often benefit greatly from the misbehavior of right-wing parties they face and the factionalism that currently afflicts them.

The politics of cooperation and decency can be boring, in other words, and far from adequate to the demands of the times. Events this week, however, show that voters may not yet be quite ready to tear up all the democratic gains of the last century, and any decent push toward social equality, justice and compassion, by favor of some pseudo-radical right-wing parties revolution that will further enrich the wealthy, oppress those who are already struggling and ultimately burn us all. And this result offers the shreds of hope on which we can still try to build a decent future; as well as pointers on where to go and where we can find our greatest strengths.

Right-Wing Figures Spread Baseless Claims About Maricopa Votes: NPR https://movsoc.org/right-wing-figures-spread-baseless-claims-about-maricopa-votes-npr/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 21:43:00 +0000 https://movsoc.org/right-wing-figures-spread-baseless-claims-about-maricopa-votes-npr/

Bill Gates, right, chairman of the Maricopa Board of Supervisors, speaks Tuesday about voting machine malfunctions at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Bill Gates, right, chairman of the Maricopa Board of Supervisors, speaks Tuesday about voting machine malfunctions at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

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About 1 in 5 polling places in Maricopa County, Arizona had a technical problem with their ballot tabulators in the early hours of Election Day – but officials assured voters their ballots would still be counted, thanks to redundancy protocols.

“We have about 20% of the locations there where there is a problem with the tabulator,” Maricopa Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates, a Republican, said in a video. put online. Describing the problem, he said that after some voters filled in their ballot, the machine would not accept it.

In the meantime, voters could slip their ballot into a “secure box” just below the tabulator, Gates said. Those ballots would be collected and sent to “central tabulators” in Maricopa, County Clerk Stephen Richer said.

“That’s actually what the majority of counties in Arizona do all the time on Election Day,” Richer added.

By mid-afternoon local time, the county said it had “identified the solution to tabulation issues at approximately 60 polling centers. County technicians changed the printer settings, which which appears to have fixed this issue. It appears that some of the printers were not producing dark enough timing marks on the ballots.”

Fuel for baseless right-wing claims

Issues with tabulators were quickly used by right-wing influencers as fuel for their claims that the 2022 midterm elections are vulnerable to voter fraud, according to the Election Integrity Partnership, a research coalition that focuses on misinformation around the elections.

“Attention increased after a tweet from Charlie Kirk, which fueled others who claim these machine failures are deliberate,” the research group said.

“It’s highly likely that these stories about machine malfunctions will gain traction in other states,” the Election Integrity Partnership said, adding that influencers and their audiences seek to amplify such stories.

It’s not uncommon for machine malfunctions and other balloting issues to arise around election time, when millions of people rush to cast their ballots.

Such hiccups can elicit a range of reactions from politicians and pundits, from encouraging voters to endure the delay to suggesting that the problems are a sign of a coordinated plot.

Far-right figures from Arizona senatorial candidate Blake Masters to Republican National Committee member Tyler Bowyer tweeted about the issue on Tuesday. Former President Donald Trump – who has spent the past two years sowing doubts and falsehoods about the US electoral system – also weighed in, saying that in Maricopa there were reports of problems in GOP-leaning areas.

“Here we go again?” Trump said on the Truth Social platform. “The people won’t stand it!!!”

“It’s hard to know if we’re seeing incompetence or something worse,” The masters wrote. “All we know right now is that Democrats are hoping you get discouraged and go home.”

The issue has also been at the center of the gubernatorial race: Republican Kari Lake is an election denier who is running against Democrat Katie Hobbs (the current Secretary of State).

NP View: Conservatives closing in on biased Facebook https://movsoc.org/np-view-conservatives-closing-in-on-biased-facebook/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 10:02:58 +0000 https://movsoc.org/np-view-conservatives-closing-in-on-biased-facebook/

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In much of the world, there seems to be a general consensus, particularly among conservatives, that Facebook has a lot to answer for, for suppressing right-wing voices and wrecking the business model on which news outlets reputable companies once relied on to fund quality journalism.

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Republicans in the United States understand this, which is why Congress spent two days grill its CEOMark Zuckerberg on his company’s alleged anti-conservative bias and inappropriate use of personal information for political advertising in 2018. Australian conservatives understand this, which is why the centre-right Liberal government has passed a groundbreaking law last year that requires big tech companies to negotiate fair deals with news publishers nationwide for the right to reuse their content.

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Only Canadian Conservatives seem to have the wrong impression that social networking site owner Meta needs to be defended, like we seen on friday during the heritage committee hearings in Bill C-18, which proposes a Canadian version of Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code.

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Friday’s hearings gave MPs an opportunity to question two Meta executives. Instead of using this as an opportunity to inquire about the company’s past behavior or find constructive ways to improve the bill, the Conservatives threw them a series of softball questions and tried to prevent others from asking difficult questions.

Alberta MP Rachael Thomas began to turn the committee into a circus by asking a series of leading questions, such as, “How is this legislation harming the internet?” Needless to say, it wasn’t too difficult for Meta Public Policy Manager Kevin Chan to knock this one out of the park. Later in the proceedings, Thomas raised successive points of order and began harassing the president to prevent a witness from being questioned.

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Next from the opposition benches was Marilyn Gladu, who warned of “unintended negative consequences like 22 million Canadians whose content is blocked by Meta.” She was referring to Facebook’s unseemly decision to temporarily block all news content from its network in Australia in February 2021 to protest against the new law.

This was not an “unintended consequence”, but a petty decision by the company to try to punish Australian social media users – and it was one that had many unintended consequences itself, including preventing people from accessing information from government health services. and the National Weather Service.

Gladu suggested that the legislation “could ultimately force Canadians to pay for news links to be shared” on Facebook. Despite the fact that it didn’t happen in Australia and Chan said “I honestly don’t know” if that would be a possibility, Gladu asked the next witness if “charging people for a link would destroy sort of the whole openness of the Internet?”

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MP Kevin Waugh tried to argue that most of the news outlets that have been forced to close were owned by big publishers – which he accused of wanting to “be down on C-18” – and said that the Minister of Heritage had ignored all the new publications that have taken hold in recent years.

What he failed to say is that the vast majority of the “independent organizations” he referred to do not provide the local news coverage that was once provided by local newspapers. Instead, many provide national opinion content that relies heavily on original reporting by major media companies, and few live up to the journalistic standards that Canadians expect. are expecting.

The Conservatives on the committee also completely ignored the intellectual property rights of Canadian publishers and the fact that big tech companies have been profiting from their intellectual property for years. This is a dramatic turnaround for a party that, under the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, spent a great deal of time and energy pushing through the Copyright Modernization Act, which great strides in modernizing this country’s outdated intellectual property protections.

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While we understand that opposition parties have a reflexive instinct to oppose any measure proposed by the governing party, the Conservative members of the committee have done a disservice to their constituents and to Canadian democracy as a whole. giving far too much deference to a company using scare tactics to try to evade its obligations to the media companies whose revenue it has spent years siphoning off.

It certainly makes for strange bedfellows for conservatives to approach a company that has a history of censoring conservative opinion leaders, and even news stories that would be troubling to liberal politicians.

Facebook banned or censored a long list of conservatives, but in its 2020 testimony before the US Congress, Zuckerberg couldn’t name a single Liberal who had been targeted. Earlier this year he admitted on Joe Rogan’s podcast that Facebook deleted the Hunter Biden laptop story, which turned out to be completely legit.

If these are the kind of friends the Conservatives are trying to make, who needs enemies?

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OUR TAKE: Musk takes the bait | Opinion https://movsoc.org/our-take-musk-takes-the-bait-opinion/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://movsoc.org/our-take-musk-takes-the-bait-opinion/

Elon Musk laid the trap and quickly intervened.

The supposedly richest man has bought and taken over Twitter, the social media company favored by politicians, journalists, academics and people who aren’t afraid of disorder.

Musk had criticized what he saw as big tech censorship, or a lack of “free speech” on the view.

After the 2016 elections, and reports that foreign countries used social media to interfere in the elections. And, as misinformation spread faster than the coronavirus during the global pandemic, social media companies took a tougher approach to what was allowed on sites.

Misinformation and disinformation work because a lot of people believe it. As we know, social media uses algorithms that adapt content to each user. So when people stop seeing as much as they used to, it will raise a lot of questions for those who are already conspiratorially minded.

But it boils down to the fact that many right-wingers believe right-wing views have been stifled by Big Tech. And that the left was not treated with the same veracity.

It’s not completely unfounded. There is anecdotal evidence of some instances where Twitter has gone too far. Perhaps the straw that broke the camel’s back for many was when Twitter treated the New York Post’s Hunter Biden story as misinformation. Not exactly.

But private company platforms aren’t the government and aren’t bound by the same guidelines for what they don’t allow.

But, along came the fixer, Elon Musk, to unleash Twitter.

And, days after taking possession, Musk retweeted a conspiracy theory about President Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul, from a website that traffics in false stories.

What a feeling it must be to be rich and indifferent to boring things like conscience.

Someone who has been so successful doing things their own way is unlikely to take the misstep as a lesson, but the truths shared should be our baseline and not an unattainable goal.

Opinion: Why My Pillow Guy is a central figure in the rise of right-wing extremism https://movsoc.org/opinion-why-my-pillow-guy-is-a-central-figure-in-the-rise-of-right-wing-extremism/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://movsoc.org/opinion-why-my-pillow-guy-is-a-central-figure-in-the-rise-of-right-wing-extremism/

Editor’s note: CNN political analyst Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. He is the author and editor of 24 books, including, “The Presidency of Donald J. Trump: A Historical First Assessment.” Follow him on Twitter @julianzelizer. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. See more reviews on CNN.


My Pillow Founder and CEO Mike Lindell is known for more than just selling bedding. The defiant entrepreneur has become a familiar face in national politics for supporting former President Donald Trump and fund election denial — while selling his wares to Trump supporters.

Lindell is the biggest advertiser on Fox News’ prime-time lineup, according to The New York Times. And he has, by his own estimates, spent up to $40 million on conferences, a digital media platform, legal battles and more — all to champion bogus conspiracy theories about how 2020 elections were stolen. These conspiracy theories have played a central role in promotion of candidateswho, in the event of victory in the next midterm elections, might be able to reverse the results in 2024.

Former Trump White House strategist Stephen Bannon, who was recently sentenced to four months in jail for challenge a subpoena of the House committee on January 6, called Lindell “the most important financier of all the conservative media”.

Lindell is an important figure, especially as our core democratic institutions and norms have come under sustained attack, and his impact is a vital reminder that election denial is not an idea that simply took off from herself. Lindell is part of a much larger story – a story that reveals how an intricate web of donors, party leaders, conservative organizations and the media have been key to empowering extremism and helping it spread from margins to the general public.

This is not the first time we see this phenomenon; the rise of McCarthyism, a wrecking ball in the 1950s, also depended on support from politicians, wealthy donors, conservative organizations and the media. Named after Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy, McCarthyism weaponized fear of communist infiltration into the US government. The McCarthyites have leveraged baseless innuendo, allegations and lies against public figures as well as members of the political establishment, particularly those in the Democratic Party.

Communism lurked everywhere, according to members of the radical right, and the McCarthyists did not wait for evidence to plead their case. Although there were communist spies in the United States, there were not as many as McCarthy insinuated. Most of the people he targeted were also not guilty of the charge. While Senator McCarthy wielded great influence between 1950 and 1954, the political tactics he deployed far survived his time in the upper house. McCarthyism – the quintessence of “paranoid style in American politics,” which historian Richard Hofstadter has described as a combination of “passionate exaggeration, distrust and conspiratorial fantasy” – fueled bitter divisions and generated fear during the Cold War.

It is important to note that McCarthyism depended on a formidable infrastructure of support from members of the right. Otherwise, he probably would have failed much sooner.

In his classic work, “The Politics of Fear” Historian Robert Griffith has documented how key House and Senate Republican leaders, many of whom personally disliked McCarthy or his tactics, saw the senator as a useful tool to attack Democrats. His extreme version of anti-communism was a potent weapon against the popularity of the New Deal and the electoral blocs and interest groups that supported FDR’s agendas. Although the party leadership eventually clamped down on McCarthy when he was no longer seen as useful, they keep embracing his rhetoric in the decades to come, warning of the weakness of Democrats on defense and how liberal figures had dangerous associations with communist organizations.

Right-wing anticommunism also depended on big donors. There was a whole generation of financiers in the 1940s and 1950s, like the Texas oil tycoons HL hunting and Clint Murchisonas well as businessmen Russell Maguire and J.Howard Pewwho provided money to right-wing organizations, publications and causes.

Organizations such as Fred Schwartz’s Christian Anti-Communist Crusade and the John Birch Society grew in popularity. They sponsored large rallies and small rallies to promote right-wing causes. These groups played a pivotal role in the rise of Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, who won the Republican presidential nomination in 1964 despite being considered far right of the mainstream at the time. Members of these groups continued to sound the alarm about Communism and alleged that it was hiding in the United States, even in the presidential administrations.

The anti-communist crusade also relied on the media. McCarthy relied on some friendly newspaper reporters to amplify his talking points while blocking hostiles from his press conferences. The Conservatives also had a strong media ecosystem with radio hosts such as Clarence Manionwhich attracted a massive audience conspiracy claims. Publishing houses like Regnery released conservative books that enjoyed strong sales while magazines as “The Freeman and The American Mercury” propagated the hardline.

Sociologist Daniel Bell brought together leading social scientists in the 1963 book, “The Radical Right” to better understand how these forces had acquired such a hold on the nation. Looking at these developments, he warned, “given the grave strains in American life, the radical right presents a threat to American freedoms, in a very different and less immediate sense. [than an electoral takeover]. Democracy, as the history of European history has shown, is a fragile system, and if there is a lesson to be learned from the fall of democratic governments in Italy, Spain, Austria and in Germany…is that the crucial turning point comes…when political parties or social movements can successfully establish “private armies” whose use of violence…cannot be controlled by elected authorities, and whose use of violence is justified or legitimized by respectable elements of society. »

These concerns have reached the highest levels of power. When President John F. Kennedy asked an adviser, Myer Feldman, to carry out a study on the radical right, he detailed how widespread the movement was, with its own sources of funding, organizational support and proximity to mainstream politics. Feldman informed the president that the radical right, which he believed to be different though related to the “conservative right”, was spending millions a year just on radio broadcasts. Feldman warned that the difference between extremists and mainstream Republicans was in “degree and intensity, but not in kind.” The right has been “more successful, politically, than is generally thought”.

Today, the situation is not so different. Conservative businessmen like Lindell played a pivotal role in funding election denial. Republican leaders such as Senator Mitch McConnell and Congressman Kevin McCarthy learned to live with extremists within their party, which helped them win positions of power because it was in their perceived partisan interest. Conservative organizations such as the Stop the Steal Movement and the Proud Boys are the ground troops for these theories. Conservative media — from Fox News to social media apps like Parler provide massive platforms where election lies and other conspiracy theories are allowed to spread. Mainstream journalists have also been guilty of “bilateralism,” trying so hard to equate the polarization of left and right that they hesitate to expose the anti-democratic extremism that has shaped only one side of the spectrum. Politics.

Unless those who want to defend democracy tackle the sources that underlie election denialism in 2022 by boycotting companies that sponsor such candidates and funding alternatives to Holocaust denier candidates, they won’t make much headway. . Election denial is gaining strength, not losing strength.

You have power, Rishi Sunak. Use it. Re-entering the single market and the customs union | Jurgen Maier https://movsoc.org/you-have-power-rishi-sunak-use-it-re-entering-the-single-market-and-the-customs-union-jurgen-maier/ Tue, 25 Oct 2022 11:38:00 +0000 https://movsoc.org/you-have-power-rishi-sunak-use-it-re-entering-the-single-market-and-the-customs-union-jurgen-maier/

II’m sure, just like me, you learned the hard way telling your first elaborate lie in school. It didn’t end well, as it led to more lies. Most responsible people learn these lessons young and don’t apply them in their professional lives. Unfortunately, the same does not seem to be true for today’s government.

I have always been proud of our UK’s strong democracy and fact-based debate. Brexit changed that, and our government entered a game of lies and cover-ups on steroids. As the debate about whether or not we should ‘do Brexit’ started I remember feeling very confident about getting into the debate as I was sure the facts would be the most importants. I was wrong. As we now know, the facts – certainly when it comes to economics – have been largely ignored.

“There will be no border in the Irish Sea” we have been told. “There will be no friction in trade with the EU;” “there will be no labor shortage”. I was sure the facts would soon come out and the lies would come crashing down. But the lies kept coming. We’ve heard the argument that we can deregulate our markets, cut taxes and still meet all our climate change and environmental obligations. We’ve heard the argument that we could deregulate and still maintain the highest standards of worker protection. And we heard about the increase in cover-ups, about illegalityand how poorly our underlying economy was working – not to mention the very elaborate move to hide party culture at the heart of government.

The reality is that years of lies, political mistakes and incompetence have seriously damaged the UK’s reputation. Credibility is the cornerstone of the UK’s license to operate in international markets. And the next government – whatever color – must focus on rebuilding the UK’s global reputation. We can take a number of steps to achieve this, including taking a transparent, long-term economic view that combines fiscal discipline with a long-term green industrial policy that the UK can pursue globally.

There is another political option that no one yet has the confidence to reverse, and that is to join the single market and customs union. It was the biggest lie of all: that we could replace the economic rise to be part of the most advanced free trade area in the world. No independent trade agreement can replace its economic benefit. It is time to face this as a country.

It is not a question of opening a debate on reintegration into the EU. This ship sailed some time ago. But there is a new possibility. The EU has extended an olive branch: to join a group of European countries that do not want to be part of the EU but want to benefit from its single market and its many collaborative bodies.

In my view, now is the perfect time for our new Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, to pivot and send a clear signal globally that we have listened and learned, and that we are going to take sensible action to restore our reputation for pragmatism and economic sensitivity. . That would mean not pandering to the European research group and right-wing think tanks, which have been instrumental in much of the chaos of recent months and weeks. Politically, it would be a courageous change, and economically very pragmatic. By doing so, we would be able to re-engage in European markets and launch a new responsible growth coalition that we can all be proud of.

It is an idea whose time has come. Liberal Democrats believe in it. The work must pivot there. But the conservatives have power and Sunak, new to power, has power, authority and goodwill. This would make good use of these three attributes.

Jürgen Maier is vice-chairman of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, co-founder of the social enterprise vocL and former managing director of Siemens UK

‘We all knew’: Biden Ally says Democrats knew inflation was coming after spending bill https://movsoc.org/we-all-knew-biden-ally-says-democrats-knew-inflation-was-coming-after-spending-bill/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 19:18:53 +0000 https://movsoc.org/we-all-knew-biden-ally-says-democrats-knew-inflation-was-coming-after-spending-bill/

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D., SC) said Thursday that congressional Democrats knew when they approved President Joe Biden’s multi-trillion-dollar legislative plans that the laws would lead to an increase in inflation.

“Let me be very clear. We are all concerned about this rising cost, and we all knew it would be when we put this stimulus package in place,” Clyburn said on MSNBC after the host José Díaz-Balart asked about Americans’ struggles with soaring food and energy prices. “Every time you put more money into the economy, prices tend to go up.”

But Clyburn and the rest of the Democratic leadership in Congress have defended this stimulus package and other laws, insisting the bills would not damage the economy, even though experts say the bills contributed to the country’s record inflation.

Clyburn voted in favor of Biden’s $1.9 trillion US bailout and $738 billion Inflation Cut Act. Economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco said the US bailout has contributed significantly to inflation, and Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi said the Inflation Reduction Act would have no significant effect on reducing inflation.

Just four months after signing the US bailout, Biden insisted that “no serious economist” is “suggesting that there is runaway inflation on the way.”

Today, polls show inflation is one of the biggest issues for voters heading into the midterm elections, and many food prices and energy expenditures are up more than 10% from compared to a year ago.