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By Nate Hovee

On Wednesday, I published an article questioning the sacredness of American democracy when one political party does everything in its power to suppress minority voters. Cited in the article was a quote by the chairwoman of the Gwinnett County Republican Party where she said that Georgia had to change some of its voting laws “so that we at least have a shot of winning.” On Thursday, the Georgia Republican Party aimed to do just that.

They introduced a 48-page bill to change voting procedures, precisely targeted at Black voters. Ari Berman, a writer for MotherJones, described it bluntly as a…


Connect with your friends and consume a conspiracy

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Social media has become an integral part of everyday life for nearly the entire world. The rise of social media giants like Myspace back in the day, then the advent of Twitter and Facebook have changed the world in their own right, giving people instant access to immeasurable amounts of information at the press of a button. But as the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility, and to many experts and journalists, Facebook has bobbed and weaved to skirt responsibility for what happens on its platform. …


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A recent report by Freedom House titled “Democracy Under Lockdown: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Global Struggle for Freedom” found that the conditions for democracy and human rights have deteriorated further in 80 countries throughout the world. The opening paragraph of the report states, “Governments have responded by engaging in abuses of power, silencing their critics, and weakening or shuttering important institutions, often undermining the very systems of accountability needed to protect public health.”

Before we go any further, let us make one thing clear, a mask mandate does not constitute an infringement on democratic freedoms or an abuse…


The Artemi Panarin Story

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“To keep kompromat on enemies is a pleasure. To keep kompromat on friends is a must.” — Yulia Latynina

If the Kremlin wants you to know something happened, they’ll go to great lengths to make you believe it.

And New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin was the latest possible target of the Kremlin’s wrath against opposition. Panarin, born in Korkino, Russia, was accused by an old coach of assaulting a woman 10 years ago while playing in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), the Russian professional league. Panarin denied the allegations and the New York Rangers issued a statement calling it…


Two voting systems for two Americas

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Before you scream, “Freedom!”, yes, America has freedom, but according to Freedom House, so do 83 other countries. It is possible to understand the value of American democracy compared to other countries which might be worse off, while also having the ability to objectively criticize it. Over the past few years, any criticism of the flaws in American democracy has been labeled unpatriotic, more so than attempting to “find” nonexistent votes to overturn a presidential election. Two things can be true, you can value all of the benefits that come along with American democracy, and you can also critique it…


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“Of course, it is impossible to explain to Ukrainian society why, when America and Europe are not giving you vaccines, you shouldn’t take vaccines from Russia.” — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukraine has been embroiled in a war with Russia that is nearing seven years. Competing forces of oligarchs, politicians, and separatist groups have turned the Donbass region in Eastern Ukraine into a no-man’s-land where international organizations and aid groups struggle to get the necessary supplies to citizens. People living around the line of contact or “buffer zone” — the demarcation line separating government-controlled areas from the separatist-controlled areas —…


January 6th was a security apparatus failure

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The insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6th can be directly traced to Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, the Senator from Texas Ted Cruz, the Senator from Missouri Josh Hawley, Fox News and a number of other right-wing propagandists. But it goes way beyond any of those people. Trumpism has seeped its way into security organizations, making the riots at the Capitol all the more possible, and bringing about the idea that it impeded the responses of the security forces — intended or not.

The head of Chicago Police Department’s largest union, John Catanzara, went on radio and stated, “There…


A surprise for some, a regular day for others

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Maybe I’m ignorant, or stupid, or naive, or all three.

I go on Twitter and see that “We’re Being Hacked” is trending. It was an op-ed published in The New York Times by former Homeland Security Adviser to Donald Trump, Thomas P. Bossert, detailing the recent hacks on the US government and American corporations. Bossert outlines how last week, the cybersecurity firm FireEye was hacked, and its clients, including the United States government, were at risk of being compromised. He points to the evidence which experts could usually conclude with a high degree of certainty who the culprit is, and…


Villas, grand jury investigations, and free money

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The Covid-19 pandemic has made everything more difficult. Small mom-and-pop shops and restaurants have been hit the hardest, and though the US Senate is still sitting on a relief package to help the millions of Americans who lost their jobs, there is a program to ease the financial strain on businesses created by the pandemic. But small businesses were far from the only ones receiving the aid packages.

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was designed by the United States government to help small businesses stay afloat and to pay their employees during the long months of Covid-19. The “size standard”…


I have no idea what I’m doing

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The Basics

I’m Matt, and no, the subtitle wasn’t a mistake. I literally have no idea what I’m doing.

I have a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Quinnipiac University and a Masters degree in Government from Johns Hopkins University. I thought it would be easy to find a job after I finished graduate school, but no one would hire me — and I mean no one.

There are too many paths out there and eventually, I ended up back where I started — not having the slightest idea of what I should do.

So I started writing.

I guess I always…

Matt Spengler

Writer on current affairs & politics. I have a Masters degree in government from Johns Hopkins.

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