Episode 3: Is government really the answer to bias in big tech?

Michael Schaus, Robert Fellner

Free to Offend Episode 3

Last week, the bias in “big tech” was painfully obvious, as Twitter outright banned a New York Post article that was damaging to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. Such blatant bias and, in this instance, outright censorship has increased calls among conservatives for government to “do something” about the way big tech is getting in the way of users freely exchanging ideas and information.

However, as Nevada Policy’s Michael Schaus and Robert Fellner discuss in this episode of Free to Offend, getting government involved will likely come with serious infringements of its own on the exercise of free speech—resulting in significantly more censorship of politically unpopular opinions.

Schaus and Fellner dive deep into the cultural bias in big tech, how government actions (including amending or altering “section 230”) are ill-advised “conservative” solutions, and how the tribalism we see in America means any government regulation of the internet is bound to make things worse than what we’re currently facing in the free market.

Schaus and Fellner also discusses Nevada Policy’s latest lawsuit to enforce the state’s Separation of Powers provision, and how political tribalism effects the way people interpret even the most basic constitutional principles—including the plain language of the document itself.

 

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Resources:

  1. Section 230, and how it protects free speech online
  2. Nevada Policy’s Separation of Powers Lawsuit
  3. The Biology of Desire | Dr. Marc Lewis discusses the neuroscience of disease
  4. The Righteous Mind, by Jonathan Haidt

 


 

Free to Offend:
A podcast that radically defends free speech by regularly practicing it.

Produced by Nevada Policy Research Institute,
featuring Nevada Policy’s Michael Schaus and Robert Fellner.

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Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus

Communications Director

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership. He is also currently a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute.

Prior to joining NPRI, Michael worked in media as a national columnist, a political humorist and a conservative talk show host in Denver, Colorado. Active in both print and radio, he shared his insights and free-market economics perspective with large local and national audiences.

Michael became interested in economic theory earlier in life while employed in the financial sector. As the liaison between a local community bank and the Federal Reserve, he acquired an in-depth understanding of just how manipulative big government can be toward industry and enterprise. It was that experience with big-government intervention that initially led him into public-affairs commentary.

Robert Fellner

Robert Fellner

Vice President & Director of Policy

Robert Fellner joined the Nevada Policy Research Institute in December 2013 and currently serves as the Institute’s Vice President and Director of Policy. Robert has written extensively on the issue of transparency in government. He has also conducted legal research and assisted in crafting legal arguments for numerous public records-related lawsuits, including one which prevailed at the Nevada Supreme Court, resulting in a landmark decision that protected and expanded Nevadans’ rights to access and inspect government records.

An expert on government compensation and its impact on taxes, Robert has authored multiple studies on public pay and pensions. He has been published in Business Insider, Forbes.com, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, RealClearPolicy.com, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner, ZeroHedge.com and elsewhere.

Robert has lived in Las Vegas since 2005 when he moved to Nevada to become a professional poker player. Robert has had a remarkably successfully poker career including two top 10 World Series of Poker finishes and being ranked #1 in the world at 10/20 Pot-Limit Omaha cash games.

Additionally, his economic analysis on the minimum wage won first place in a 2011 George Mason University essay contest. He also independently organized a successful grassroots media and fundraising effort for a 2012 presidential candidate, before joining the campaign in an official capacity.