The fabrication and distortion of truth in the media isn’t new; it’s been done since the dawn of the printing press and journalism, with new methods constantly being introduced to push certain agendas and narratives onto consumers.
While the genesis of globalization is commonly debated, there is no doubt that it drastically transformed the international system. This reformation has been the focal discussion point for researchers, scholars, and economists alike; and where there is debate, there is disunity.
In April of 2018, President Trump signed a defense bill which called for a significant expansion of the military. The goal was to recruit 80,000 new soldiers for the Army by the end of the year. As 2019 started, it became clear that this goal was not even close to being reached. In fact, Myers of ArmyTimes notes that the Army, Army Reserve, and the Army National Guard all did not meet their 2018 recruiting goals.
Last week, Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez released a new piece of legislation that would cap credit card interest rates at 15% called the Loan Shark Prevention Act. The two argue that this kind of intervention in the markets is necessary in order to protect consumers from the “greed” of the credit card and banking industries. Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez both believe that banks and credit card companies are taking advantage of the poor by charging “extortion level interest rates.
In our previous piece regarding censorship, I discussed many of the problems surrounding censorship. Many social media platforms and other news sources have taken it upon themselves to censor information with which they do not agree or information that they do not think should be spread. This type of censorship causes echo chambers where people only hear and read information with which they agree, further entrenching them in their political views.