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Stalin was a ‘cancel culture’ pioneer: the inside story on how he cancelled ‘Hamlet’

Stalin was a ‘cancel culture’ pioneer: the inside story on how he cancelled ‘Hamlet’

William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is considered by some to be the single greatest story ever written. Hamlet has it all: ghosts, sword fights, suicide, revenge, lust, murder, philosophy, faith, manipulation, and a climactic bloodbath worthy of a Tarantino film. It’s a masterpiece of both high art and sensationalism,

We Must Break Up Big Tech

We Must Break Up Big Tech

I haven’t always seen Big Tech as a big problem… Libertarian-leaning conservatives like me, who came of age under the presidency of George W. Bush before riding the Tea Party wave of the 2008, were steeped in a political movement that gave wide latitude and

Which West Is Worth Saving?

Which West Is Worth Saving?

I had the privilege and the pleasure of being a panelist during a public debate in Budapest on the thorny subject of “Christian Democracy and the Future of Europe.” I was one of five “experts” on the panel. The others came from Poland, Hungary, Germany,

Digital Book-Burning: Amazon Bans Scholar Ryan T. Anderson’s Book On Transgenderism

Digital Book-Burning: Amazon Bans Scholar Ryan T. Anderson’s Book On Transgenderism

This past weekend, something ominous and cruel happened on Amazon.com—although it could have been foreseen given the recent ramped-up levels of censorship. With the removal of Ryan T. Anderson’s 2018 book “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment,” Amazon openly signaled something to

Catholics in the Crosshairs of Big Tech?: Recent Cluster of Cases of De Facto Online Censorship Raises Concerns

Catholics in the Crosshairs of Big Tech?: Recent Cluster of Cases of De Facto Online Censorship Raises Concerns

Saintly Heart is a small, online Catholic toy shop, which describes the wooden toys and temporary tattoos it sells as a “playful way” for kids to learn about the saints. Clearly, they’re not the type of outfit you’d expect to be selling “products with overtly sexualized