Liberty Nation presents our selection of the best stories this week. Some may be articles, others may be podcasts, videos, or radio broadcasts, but each has been chosen for their quality and scope.
The editorial team at LN hopes you can use this weekly post to catch up on stories that you might have missed. Let us know in the comments section which is your favorite.
#1 A Requiem For National Review
By Joe Schaeffer
The decline of an American institution heralded by smears and contempt.
The poseurs really stepped in it this time. The “conservative” elitists at National Review may well have caused irreparable damage to their already tottering reputations, with their knee-jerk attack on a group of Kentucky high school kids in MAGA hats. Then they made things much worse with the barely concealed contempt in their shallow “apologies,” offered begrudgingly when the smear blew up in their faces.
The pile-on assault of the Covington Catholic high school kids who attended the March for Life wearing Make America Great Again hats gave full witness to the cruelty, lack of proportion and disregard for facts that mark our repulsive “mainstream” media today. Nothing new there. But what are we to conclude when a supposed “pillar of conservatism” howls with the mob in a Pavlovian manner? Read More.
#2 Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Troubling Ties To Extremism
By Jeff Charles
Who’s at fault when an individual with anti-Semitic views and ties to radical extremism earns a government security clearance
Would it trouble you to learn that an individual with connections to a corrupt foreign government and radical extremism possessed a security clearance? If this person had access to important classified information, would you consider it to be potentially dangerous?
This situation would certainly raise red flags for many Americans were they aware of it. Such is the case with newly elected Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), an immigrant from Somalia. The lawmaker, who happens to be one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, already has a history of making anti-Semitic comments, but the more worrisome aspects of this particular lawmaker have gone largely unreported by the legacy media. Read More.
#3 Intrusive Home Visits For Oregon Moms
By Laura Valkovic
Are universal home visits the answer for infant health or a government attempt to intrude on family life?
Oregon lawmakers have noticed a health “emergency” in their state. Thousands of families have been missing an apparently vital service: home visits from nurses to check on their newborn babies. While household visits for new mothers are already applied across the U.S. in a limited capacity, Oregon’s governor and state legislature are considering turning it into a universal practice across the state.
The move has been welcomed by some as a step in the right direction for supporting the physical and mental health of children and parents, but others are worried about the potential for violation of both families’ privacy and liberty when it comes to raising children. Read More.
#4 Facebook Or Fakebook? Is Zuckerberg Conning Us All?
By Graham J. Noble
The man who claims to have created Facebook before Zuckerberg says half of the platform’s user accounts are fake.
Facebook is the Walmart of social media platforms with one very significant difference: All the people who shop at Walmart are real living, breathing human beings – even if some of them only barely meet the criteria. While it has long been suspected that Facebook is awash with fake accounts, the sheer scale of this problem may not have been imagined until now. According to Aaron Greenspan, a former Harvard classmate of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, around half of the platform’s estimated two billion user accounts are fakes or duplicates.
Who is Aaron Greenspan, then, and how would he know this? As a student in 2003, Greenspan was elected to head up the TECH Student Association, which then became the Harvard Student Entrepreneurship Council. In this capacity, he created an online, campus-wide portal called houseSYSTEM. Greenspan claims that Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook from elements of houseSYSTEM, along with ideas and components from other portals being developed by students, including a dating portal called Harvard Connection. Read More.
#5 Venezuela On Fire – Part 1
By Tim Donner
Coalescing loyalties inside and outside Venezuela are presaging the troubled country’s fate.
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the political and humanitarian crisis of epic proportions in Venezuela, featuring an interview aired on Liberty Nation Radio with Juan Carlos Hidalgo, Latin American policy analyst at Cato Institute.
What has happened to Venezuela in recent days – or really weeks, months, and years – is almost beyond comprehension. One of the world’s most oil-rich nations, under the iron-fisted Marxist leadership of first Hugo Chavez and now Nicolas Maduro, has descended to a point where masses of people are starving, violence is rampant, inflation has skyrocketed, the most basic supplies and medicine are unavailable, and Venezuelans are fleeing the country in droves – three million is the latest estimate.
And now, 35-year-old Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido has declared himself interim head of state with the support of the Venezuelan legislature, the National Assembly, though not the military, which remains loyal, at least publicly, to dictator Maduro. Read More.