Category Archives: CrossTalk

CrossTalk: ‘Non-specific’ Iran

It was only days ago we were told the US was preparing to strike Iran for non-specific reasons to deter non-specific threats. Then the narrative simply disappeared into thin air. Just exactly what is the Trump administration’s policy regarding Iran? And where is Trump in

CrossTalk on trade war: US-China endgame?

Is China and the US entering an endgame? The battle lines have been drawn and demands made. In this trade war it appears both sides are preparing for the long haul. What does it mean to win a trade war? What does it mean to

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Narratives

Manufacturing narratives: What really happened in Syria? What is really happening in Iran? Also, is the UK becoming ungovernable? CrossTalking with Glenn Diesen, Charles Shoebridge, and Alexander Mercouris.

CrossTalk: Bolton War Machine

Is Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton a clear and present danger to America and the world? His saber-rattling in the Middle East, particularly against Iran, should concern us all. We are forced to ask a fundamental question – is Bolton the primary architect

CrossTalk: Anti-War Resistance?

If we ever needed an anti-war movement, it is obviously now. Trump’s hyper-aggressive foreign policy faces little resistance in the mainstream media. In fact, numerous liberal news outlets function as a cheerleaders for the president. Where is the moral outrage? CrossTalking with Medea Benjamin, Walter

Regulate Facebook or Break it up?

Chris Hughes, Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard roommate and Facebook’s first spokesman said in an op-ed that Facebook has become too powerful in terms of its market dominance and its influence on public life, and that the only solution would be for the government to step in.

CrossTalk on Christianity: Forgotten Persecution

A recent report from the UK’s Foreign Office highlights in detail the persecution of Christians around the world. In the Middle East – the cradle of Christianity – Christians face extinction. Why is it deemed politically incorrect to defend the West’s foundational religion? CrossTalking with

CrossTalk on World War Two: War and memory

War and memory: Today marks the 74th anniversary of Victory over fascism in Europe. The end of that conflict created the modern world order – and it still does. CrossTalking with Glenn Diesen, Geoffrey Roberts, and Martin Folly.

The Duran Live: E37. Thirsty for Conflict

The clouds of war are beginning to form. The only question is where exactly will the neocon-neoliberal alliance strike, and will US President Trump have the courage to put a stop to a Bolton-Pompeo war machine on the march. – MSNBC and Maddow push Bolton

Guaido coup failure, D.C. swamp support for war in Venezuela remains high

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou discuss Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido’s spectacular failure to start a military uprising against the Maduro government on Tuesday. Puppet Guaido’s poorly executed coup has not discouraged D.C. swamp warmongers (on both sides of the

Guaido and neocons hope for a coup in Venezuela

Guaido posted a video filmed near an air base in Caracas, calling for decisive action against the Maduro government. Standing behind him were several people in military uniforms – apparently meant to be a living testament to the support of the army. The opposition leader

CrossTalk Bullhorns: No Waivers

To force regime change in Iran, the Trump administration risks upending the global oil markets. Also, if you want a Russian passport, being a citizen of Ukraine could help. CrossTalking with Dmitry Babich, Alexander Mercouris and John Laughland.

CrossTalk: Moving Toward War?

The Trump administration is on the offensive around the globe. As a candidate, Trump called out neocons for supporting American military adventures. Now many of them work for the president. In this administration the very idea of diplomacy is absent. It relies on threats and

CrossTalk Bullhorns: ‘Double Down’

What is the definition of insanity? Doubling down on a conspiracy theory. And why Russia may be the key to peace on the Korean peninsula. CrossTalking with Dmitry Babich, Alex Christoforou, and Marcus Papadopoulos. See Also: (Crosstalk) – The Duran Live: E35. Elections…Past, Present, and

CrossTalk on Russiagate: ‘GAME OVER’

Is it finally over? Have we finally reached the expiration date of the Russiagate conspiracy hoax? Probably not. By definition conspiracy theorists are never satisfied. But a few things are for sure: confidence in government has taken a hit, and the reputation of the media

CrossTalk: Speech Threatened

The activity known as journalism is under assault – and it didn’t start with the prosecution of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Once it was a noble act to report on the nefarious activities of those in power. Now it is being criminalized. Free speech is

CrossTalk Bullhorns: ‘Assange’

On this edition of the program we discuss one and one issue only: the fate of Julian Assange and the fate of journalism itself. CrossTalking with Xavier Moreau, John Laughland, and Alexander Mercouris.

Main stream media and Globalist elite turn on Assange

Main Stream Media cowards and globalist elite swamp creatures continue to bash Assange, but Tucker Carlson and Tulsi Gabbard stood up for free speech and journalism. Gabbard said Assange arrest is a message to Americans See Also: (The Duran) – Geopolitical Blowback From U.S. Decision

Ecuador gives up Assange. Wikileaks founder arrested in London

Ecuador’s president Moreno withdrew the asylum of Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was taken out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London by authorities where he has spent the last six years in asylum. RT reports that’s only a day after WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief

CrossTalk: ‘Management of Savagery’

What drives American foreign policy? At its core, is it really about furthering national interests? Is there an ideological foundation that is a driver? We are told it is all about democracy. Or is it really all about power and the purposeful denial of agency

The Duran Live: E33. Obama’s Legacy of Chaos

Join Alexander Mercouris, Peter Lavelle, and Alex Christoforou to discuss: Libya in chaos, war looms Europe split on Brexit extension America divided over Mueller Report NATO at 70 Venezuela, Syria, Ukraine…and much more…

CrossTalk Bullhorns: MSM Mea Culpa?

This year the NATO alliance is 70 years old – is time now to shut down this Cold War relic? Also, liberal media can’t say sorry and choke on Russiagate. CrossTalking with Dmitry Babich, Marcus Papadopoulos, and Alex Christoforou.

Democrat candidates begin their CIA indoctrination course

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a look at how former CIA directors, are passing around a “briefing book” to 2020 Democrat Presidential, candidates to counteract what they call ‘fake news’ and ‘foreign election interference’. Michael Morell and John McLaughlin

CrossTalk Bullhorns on Mueller Report: ZILCH!

Finally. Robert Mueller has completed his investigation into so-called Trump collusion with Russia. There are no additional indictments. The report is finished, but the fallout continues. CrossTalking with Xavier Moreau, Marcus Papadopoulos, and Alex Christoforou.

CrossTalk: Varsity Blues

Most of us are taught and believe that we live in a society based on merit and equal justice. The Varsity Blues college admissions scandal informs us that neither are true. The rich and privileged can buy access for their kids at the expense of

CrossTalk Bullhorns: US Isolated

Is Trump’s America First agenda isolating the United States on the global stage? Sure looks like it. And is the EU telling its citizens whatto think? Again, sure looks like it. CrossTalking with Dmitry Babich, Alexander Mercouris, and John Laughland. See Also: (The Duran) –

CrossTalk on Venezuela: Pitching Propaganda

Whether you are for or against the Venezuela government, for or against socialism – it is obvious the mainstream media are committing a lot of journalistic malpractice. Once again, mainstream media echo the policy preferences of those in power. If it comes to still another

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Ilhan Omar

Who would have thought a Somalia-born Muslim woman elected to Congress would ignite a long overdue national conversation? Also, Trump wants to make the military-industrial complex great again. CrossTalking with Dmitry Babich, Alex Christoforou, and Marcus Papadopoulos.

CrossTalk: Socialist Future?

Can socialism bring about a radiant future? A growing number of voters seem to think so. What do these voters and some members of Congress mean by socialism? Free stuff for all? The state controlling the means of production? No borders? Why are so many

CrossTalk: Forced Regime Change

Traditionally the foreign policy blob – with the assistance of the legacy media – defined an immediate threat for a foreign military intervention or coup. Their aim has been to manufacture public support. Today it is different. With virtually no public debate Venezuela is the

Anti-Trump media cheers ‘no peace’ with North Korea

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a quick look at the Vietnam summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. No joint agreement was reached between the two countries after Kim insisted all US sanctions

CrossTalk: Flipping Venezuela

The Trump administration’s attempts to impose regime change in Venezuela appear to be faltering. The self-proclaimed ‘interim president’ Juan Guaido hasn’t gained much traction. This may explain the administration’s escalating rhetoric. After all, we are told, a military option is still on the table. CrossTalking

CrossTalk on Tulsi Gabbard: Peace Candidate

Is America ready for a real antiwar candidate? Clearly the political establishment and the media aren’t. Criticism of presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard and anyone else who questions foreign policy orthodoxies is swift and unrelenting. Fighting for peace has never been so difficult. CrossTalking with Daniel

Trump’s Syria military pullout, not under John Bolton’s watch

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a quick look at the announcement from the Trump White House that the United States has decided to station a ‘peacekeeping group’ of roughly 200 US soldiers in Syria for a ‘period of time’

CrossTalk on Tulsi Gabbard: Peace Candidate

Is America ready for a real antiwar candidate? Clearly the political establishment and the media aren’t. Criticism of presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard and anyone else who questions foreign policy orthodoxies is swift and unrelenting. Fighting for peace has never been so difficult. CrossTalking with Daniel

The Duran Live: E26

Join Alexander Mercouris, Peter Lavelle, and Alex Christoforou to discuss: Syria update Venezuela update Yellow Vests Act 14 Douma BBC hoax Macron, Merkel and Nordstream 2 Senate Intel: No Russia collusion McCabe, attempted coup, and 60 Minutes Pence and Pompeo in Poland for Iran deal

Deep State coup d’état against Trump confirmed by Andrew McCabe

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a quick look at Andrew McCabe’s 60 minute interview, where the disgraced FBI Deputy Director admitted that DOJ officials were considering the removal of President-elect Donald Trump from office in a brazen coup attempt,

CrossTalk: Farewell Russiagate?

The bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee shocked the liberal media world when it admitted there was no evidence of so-called collusion between Trump world and Russia. So what have the last two years been all about? And what is the damage left behind when Russiagate fades

CrossTalk: Green New Deal

After a rather bumpy roll out, the Green New Deal is upon us. Co-sponsored by Democratic firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the plan foresees a radical restructuring of the American economy and how people will live. What the plan does not address is the cost. How much

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Tea Leaves

How’s that forced regime change going in Venezuela? A few snags, a few bumps in the road? And can we believe some US troops will leave the Middle East? And much more on this edition of CrossTalk. CrossTalking with Xavier Moreau, Dmitry Babich, and Victor

CrossTalk: Bolton Unplugged

As a presidential candidate Donald Trump lambasted America’s endless and wasteful wars. But as president he has surrounded himself with individuals who have made defending and advancing American empire a full time career. Why did Trump cave and what could be the consequences for him

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Trump Blocked (Extended Version)

The US intel community and the political establishment challenge Trump’s foreign policy. Is this a good or a bad thing? Also, forced regime change in Venezuela continues apace. CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Victor Olevich.

Red Scarves counter protest fizzles as Yellow Vests enter Act 12

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss ACT 12 of the Yellow Vests protests in France, which saw the French Police turn violent against protestors. Meanwhile the Red Scarves counter protest (which surfaced last week in France during ACT 11 of the Yellow

CrossTalk: Venezuela’s Crisis

Attempted forced regime change in Venezuela, brought to you by the Trump Administration. Washington’s gross interference in the internal affairs of this Latin American country is risky, illegal, and the possibility of large-scale violence is very real. One thing is certain – the people of

Dangerous consequences in Venezuela regime change plan

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a quick look at the deepening and dangerous crisis evolving in Venezuela. The U.S. has thrown its support at opposition leaderJuan Guaigó, as Venezuela’s interim president. For many Latin Americans this has reawakened suspicions

CrossTalk: Leaving Syria?

President Donald Trump has repeatedly said the US will withdraw from Syria. It would seem he is the only one in his administration backing this move. Is Trump in charge of his own foreign policy? Are John Bolton and Mike Pompeo actually running the show?

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Lib-warriors

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells us ‘America is a force for good in the Middle East.’ Well that’s pretty amazing! And online censoring continues apace. Also, are the Democrats the party of war now? CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Marcus Papadopoulos.

CrossTalk on US vs China: Thucydides trap

The Thucydides Trap goes something like this: When one great power threatens to displace another, war is almost always the result – but it doesn’t have to be. How does this apply to the current tensions surrounding the US-China bilateral relations? Are both countries trapped

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Psyop (Extended Version)

What is happening with Trump’s decision to leave Syria? And, are you ready for the 2020 presidential sweepstakes? Also, where is the integrity in the ‘Integrity Initiative?’ CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Alex Christoforou.

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Looking at ‘19

Welcome to the crystal ball edition of CrossTalk. What can we expect in this New Year? We have a great lineup of guests telling us what they think. CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, John Laughland, Xavier Moreau, and Alex Christoforou.

The Duran Live: E19. Special Year in Review Show

Join Alexander Mercouris, Peter Lavelle, Mark Sleboda, and Alex Christoforou to discuss… 2018, the year that passed. Take a look forward to 2019. See Also: (The Duran) – UK gov funded ‘think tanks’ to smear Jeremy Corbyn and spread anti-Russian propaganda The Duran’s Alex Christoforou

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Q&A

Welcome to a unique edition of CrossTalk. We answer questions from you, the viewers. Some of you send us some very interesting queries. CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda and Dmitry Babich.

CrossTalk: Enforced Speech

Not long ago the political left were the guardians of free speech. Along with tech tyrants, the left today has gone from protecting speech to enforcing speech. Even to the point of penalizing you if you say the wrong thing in public. You can lose

CrossTalk: Saudis Rebuked

The US Senate strongly rebukes Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi murder and calls for an end to American involvement in the war on Yemen. Is this a defining moment for this bilateral relationship? Will so-called values trump hard geopolitical realities?

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Spymania

Spymania returns – the US weaponizes its laws against adversaries. Also, is the western world in crisis? And much more on this edition of CrossTalk. CrossTalk Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Glenn Diesen.

The Duran Live: E17

The Duran – Join Alexander Mercouris, Peter Lavelle, Mark Sleboda, and Alex Christoforou to discuss: Michael Cohen sentencing memo Robert Mueller investigation FBI Flynn set up Erdogan reveals new Khashoggi audio Justin Turdeau and his Huawei headache US forces permanently in Syria Russian military base

CrossTalk on EU: Crisis of confidence?

Theresa May survives a no confidence vote, but now is a lame duck. Hard Brexit looms. Angela Merkel has announced her impending political retirement. And Emmanuel Marcon’s moral legitimacy as president of France is in the balance. The three pillars of the EU are on

CrossTalk: Pax Americana 2.0

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has declared multilateralism in international affairs a failure. What is needed, according to him, is a new liberal order led by the U.S. Such an order calls into question some important issues. Does this mean the universalization of American

The Duran Live: E16

The Duran – Join Alexander Mercouris, Peter Lavelle, Mark Sleboda, and Alex Christoforou to discuss: US navy entering black sea Robert Mueller investigation Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort James Comey testimony Yellow Vests Protests in France Macron’s “Jupiter” complex Julian Assange turns down Ecuador deal

CrossTalk: France Goes Yellow

What does the rise of the ‘Yellow Vest’ movement in France tell us about the state of the neo-liberal order in Europe? Are the protests in France – the largest since 1968 – just about a hike in fuel prices? And is Emmanuel Macron the

The Duran: Hot Topics Live Chat, E4

Join Alexander Mercouris, Peter Lavelle, and Alex Christoforou, LIVE, so we can discuss HOT news topics trending this week. In this episode we will talk about France and Macron, Apple and free speech, and escalating trade war between China and USA. See Also: (The Duran)

CrossTalk: Yemen on the brink

Yemen and the politics of denial and deceit. The Trump administration’s continued support of the Saudi-led war is morally indefensible and strategically counter-productive. Blaming Iran for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen only ensures more suffering. It is time to end this senseless conflict.

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Fight fake news

From very bad to even worse – Russia-Ukraine relations. And Mike Pompeo gives credit to the Saudis for ‘relieving’ suffering in Yemen. And, is the Guardian simply fake news? CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Alex Christoforou.

The Duran Live: E15

Join Alexander Mercouris, Peter Lavelle, Mark Sleboda, and Alex Christoforou to discuss: G20 in Argentina Trump and Xi meeting Kerch Strait provocation Ukraine martial law Ukraine bans Russian men Julian Assange Guardian fake news Mueller investigation Michael Cohen plea deal Protests in France Bush 41

CrossTalk: Julian Assange’s trials

The fate of Julian Assange is unclear. Washington is determined that he be sent to the U.S. to face criminal charges, most likely under the 1917 Espionage Act. The British government is more than happy to make this happen. Even the Ecuadorians are in on

CrossTalk: ‘Dire Straits’

It’s Ukraine vs Russia again. A minor maritime incident on the Kerch Strait is said to be anything between a major international crisis to a cheap campaign trick as Ukraine enters an election cycle. Take your pick. But one thing is for sure: Russia is

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Trump & MI6

What is the next step for the saga known as Brexit? Also, is the stage being set to finally end the Syrian conflict? And why is MI6 scrambling to stop Trump? CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Artur Demchuk.

CrossTalk: Indefensible Defense

Future historians may look back at Donald Trump’s handling of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi as a case study of the lack of leadership and outright folly. His reasons for giving the Saudis – or rather the Crown Prince – a free pass simply don’t

CrossTalk: Broken Brexit?

To Brexit or not to Brexit, that is the question. Theresa May’s plan to exit the EU has been roundly criticized from virtually every quarter. And with a looming deadline the UK could face a hard Brexit without an agreement, even early elections. How did

CrossTalk Bullhorns: CIA confidence

Brexit and high drama – the saga continues. Also, the CIA says it has high confidence they know who killed Khashoggi. And is it high noon for Julian Assange? CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Glenn Diesen.

CrossTalk: RE: NATIONALISM

Commemorating the one-hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War French President Emmanuel Macron claimed ‘Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism.’ This is widely seen as a direct criticism of Donald Trump. After all, Trump calls himself a nationalist. Is ‘nationalism’ a

CrossTalk: Media Unhinged

Have the media become unhinged in the era of Trump? The president’s most ardent critics in the media hang on his every word. News cycle after news cycle are all about Trump – and much of this coverage is negative. Has journalism lost its purpose?

CrossTalk Bullhorns: War and insults

Is the idea of peace and Yemen antithetical? Also, Trump is insulted the Europeans might defend themselves. And Russiagate front and center again. CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Glenn Diesen.

The Battle Against Tyranny Has Commenced Full Frontal

“Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damages morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hung.” ― Abraham Lincoln See Also: (Lionel) – Lionel and Peter Lavelle of RT’s ‘Cross Talk’ Attack, Dissect and Review Everything in the

CrossTalk on the Midterms: Gridlock Warfare

Both the Republicans and Democrats claim victory in the wake of the midterm elections. But it would seem the elections settled little, if anything. Now there is dueling investigation warfare. Gridlock on steroids. Is this what the voters voted for? CrossTalking with Michael Patrick Flanagan,

CrossTalk: Finally, The Midterms

Finally the midterm elections. And there are many questions. Were these races a referendum on Donald Trump’s time in office? What will the Democrats do in power? And what are Trump’s chances in 2020? CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Lionel, Brian Joyce, and Ron Placone.

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Populist pride

Maybe, just maybe there is some hope for Yemen. And the globalists suffer a major defeat in Brazil. And much more on this edition of CrossTalk. CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Artur Demchuk.

CrossTalk: Talking War

The talk of impending war around the world is on the increase. The Great Powers speak openly on the need to prepare for a conflict. What does this tell us? If anything it appears to be a sign the global order that came into being

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Hot Arctic

As the Trump administration pulls out of a key arms control agreement, NATO conducts a massive exercise in the Arctic. Is a new front being opened up? And, it seems the Saudis will get away with murder after all. CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Glenn Diesen,

CrossTalk: Powered by Bolton

After almost two years in office, many still question whether Donald Trump has a coherent foreign policy. The same cannot be said of the president’s national security advisor John Bolton. When you think of Bolton the words ‘subtlety’ and ‘diplomacy’ don’t come to mind. So,

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Realists

On this unique edition of CrossTalk we review a new and very important book. John Mearsheimer’s ‘The Great Delusion; Liberal Dreams and International Realities.’ It is a real bombshell. CrossTalking with Mark Sleboda, Dmitry Babich, and Glenn Diesen

CrossTalk Bullhorns: KSA & MBS

It is now official Jamal Khashoggi died in the Saudi consulate in Turkey on October 2. The person or persons responsible for his death is yet to be determined. But one thing is certain – this tragic story is far from over.

CrossTalk on Khashoggi: Search for justice

The gruesome plot thickens. There are reports Saudis now will admit Jamal Khashoggi died in their custody after an interrogation that went wrong. Turkish media claim they have evidence of intentional murder. Nonetheless, Trump declares that he is ‘not going to walk away’ from Saudi

CrossTalk: Khashoggi

After repeated denials the Saudis are now expected to change their story on the fate of Jamal Khashoggi. Was he the victim of abduction and torture that went too far? Donald Trump has expressed concern, but little more. Could Riyadh get away with murder? CrossTalking

Elizabeth Warren’s DNA ploy backfires big time The Duran

RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a quick look at Senator Elizabeth Warren’s ‘genius’ idea to accept POTUS Trump’s ‘Native American DNA’ challenge. Let’s just say that Warren will never recover from this self-inflicted wound.

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Purging

Tech tyranny – you too can be disappeared in broad daylight. Also the fate of a Saudi journalist is testing Washington’s relations with Riyadh. Is the Crown Prince’s rule in doubt? And much more on this episode of CrossTalk. CrossTalking with Alex Christoforou, Dmitry Babich,

CrossTalk: Mob rule

Hilary Clinton says civility can only return when the Democrats are back in power. Former Obama AG Eric Holder has coined a new phrase: When they go low, we kick them. Without a doubt both statements can be dismissed as political banter as the midterms

CrossTalk on America’s culture war: Blood Sport

Descending into tribalism and cultural trench warfare. The highly contentious Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination process has ignited passions and anger on both sides of the aisle. Interestingly and ironically the point where there is wide agreement is the recognition the status quo is deeply

CrossTalk Bullhorns: Fighting Words

Washington’s ambassador to NATO threatens to ‘take out’ Russian missiles and the US interior secretary threatens a naval blockade of Russia. Is the Trump doctrine finally being revealed?

CrossTalk: Political Escalation

The idea of freedom of speech is under threat. Speaking your mind can land you into serious trouble. Now you are presumed guilty and must prove your innocence. The herd rules and the sovereign individual is cowed into silence. Speech has been redefined as virtue