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Steven Crowder’s ‘Conservative Socrates’ is something we should embrace.

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Socrates: History’s First Troll

There once was a man named Socrates who knew nothing. Upon hearing that the Oracle of Delphi, proclaimed him the wisest of all men, Socrates seeks to refute the Oracle. So he seeks the wisest men in society, the politicians. Much like today, he found these people to be abysmal fools. Then he sought the writers and poets. But he found that these people knew less about their own work than a bystander. He accredits their work to inspiration and talent. Finally he went to the craftsmen. These people were very wise in their own craft yet that caused them to speak on matters outside their expertise offsetting any wisdom they had shown. Thus Socrates concludes he is in fact the wisest man.

Now Socrates would ask people questions at the agora. Many people were shown to be utter fools in speaking to Socrates. His questions revealed how little they knew about what they claimed to be experts on. Embarrassed by being publically humiliated, Socrates eventually becomes unpopular enough to bring to trial, in which he is ultimately sentenced to death in an account written by Plato.

Socratic Method

Crowder isn’t inadvertently using the Socratic Method. He references it in the video. By giving the world an open invitation to challenge his views, he is sure to get some discussions. However in these discussions, he lets his guests explain their views and asks them questions about it. The Socratic Method is designed for the student to develop their own deeper understanding rather than have it be explained to them. In much of these discussions, Crowder seeks less to change someone’s views. Instead Crowder reveals how uninformed his “challengers” really are. This is far more effective than using talking points. Let liberals defend their flawed views under greater scrutiny. Only by giving their views closer examination will they see that they are misguided. As conservatives, we like to view ourselves as the logical side. However our goal should not be to simply win arguments. Rather, our goal should be to shift worldviews. Steven Crowder uses “Real Conversations” as a means to do that. And we should take a similar approach.

Further Readings

Daily Wire- WATCH: In Video Series ‘Change My Mind,’ Steven Crowder Engages With Opponents On Guns & Second Amendment

The topic of the first video is guns and the Second Amendment. Crowder speaks with two people who believe differently than he does, and although the conversations were apparently cut short when several police officers interrupted the filming, Crowder had some truly engaging and informative exchanges.

The Apology by Plato 399 BC

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As Jussie Smollett story evolves, let’s not give it the Covington Catholic School treatment

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As Jussie Smollett story evolves lets not give it the Covington Catholic School treatment

When a juicy story hits social media, the instant reaction is to run with it and all the implications. That’s the nature of our on-demand, always-on, real-time media world. The only thing faster than hot takes from the first hint of a story are the assumptions made by both sides regardless of the details.

Such is the case with Jussie Smollett, the actor who was allegedly attacked by MAGA-loving bigots. Smollett, a gay man of color, was allegedly targeted on the streets of Chicago, but now reports are coming in that it may have been an elaborate hoax designed to help him save his job on the cast of Empire.

But so far, police have only confirmed that Smollett is still being treated as a victim. Yes, there were two persons of interest questioned by police. Yes, Smollett skipped a voluntary interview with police this morning. Yes, the story was strange from the start and this new narrative seems to match much better regardless of which side of the political or cultural aisle you’re on.

And yet, nothing has been confirmed.


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It’s incumbent on us, whether journalists or simply social media users, to wait for the facts before jumping to conclusions. It works in both directions.

Was it all a hoax? Possibly. Some who are looking at he evidence today and the report released by local Chicago news may come to the conclusion that a hoax was likely. But let’s not assume until the truth is revealed by officials.

 


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Democrats push background check bill in the House

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Democrats push background check bill in the House

As social media buzzes about the one-year anniversary of the Parkland shooting, Democrats hope to put their latest iteration of gun control on the floor and onto the Senate. Called a “bipartisan” attempt to initiate more background checks on firearm purchases and sales, many conservatives on Capitol Hill are speaking out against it.

The House Judiciary Committee advanced the bill yesterday.

My Take

Gun control bills, of which this is merely the first to be pushed by the current iteration of Democrats, usually have two things in common. First, they don’t address the problem they’re allegedly trying to solve; neither the Parkland shooting nor any mass shooting in the 21st century would have been prevented had this bill been in place. Second, they are a stepping stone through which leftists will attempt to initiate more draconian laws that eat away at our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

As with the abortion issue, the gun control issue is one in which “common sense” is used to push harsher laws down the line.

It should be strange to cognizant Americans that Democrats continue to push laws that make it easier to kill preborn babies while making it harder for innocent people to defend themselves with firearms. Are you seeing a trend in their mentality?

 


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Freedom-lovers, keep an eye on AG William Barr

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Freedom-lovers keep an eye on AG William Barr

Today, William Barr is likely to be confirmed to be the next Attorney General. While he’s a qualified leader to take the reins over the Justice Department and a strong patriot, there are concerns that we must remember as he joins the Trump administration.

First and foremost, Barr’s record on the 4th Amendment is abysmal.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

One would hope the top law enforcer in the nation would be an ardent defender of the 4th Amendment, but Barr has demonstrated not only a willingness to circumvent it at times but has also expressed annoyance that it prevents law enforcement from doing its job, particularly as it pertains to stopping terrorism. He’s also a fan of the Patriot Act, though if anything it didn’t go far enough.

Sadly, only a tiny handful of Republicans in DC seem to be concerned.

The tribalism that has infected the country and plagued groups on both sides of the political aisle has struck once again. There would be plenty of objections from conservatives if Barr had been nominated by President Obama or another Democrat, but since he’s a Trump nominee it appears he’s going to fly through with no GOP Senators objecting other than Rand Paul.

It’s a shame that the President decided to go with Barr. It’s likely he did so based on Barr’s objections to Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian hacking of the election, but otherwise Barr’s record is one that doesn’t seem very conducive to freedom. We’ll be keeping a close eye on him.

 


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