All posts by Casey Given

Announcing Young Voices’ First Annual Report

Over the last twelve months, Young Voices incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, expanded our staff from two to four, more than doubled our average monthly article placements, and has ambitious plans for growth with radio and TV moving forward. We’re proud to present to you our first Annual Report, detailing our programatic successes over the past year.

Gay pride and the miracle of capitalism

June is Gay Pride Month, with cities across the country celebrating their LGBT citizens with grand parades, concerts and street festivals. The rapid growth of this annual event is truly remarkable considering that it traces its roots back to protests following the police raid on New York City’s Stonewall Inn in 1969. Less than 50 years later, what was once an act of resistance is now a mainstream celebration sponsored by dozens of major corporations — strong proof of capitalism’s ability to adapt to and even drive social change.

Sadly, some LGBT activists strongly disagree. A group called No Justice No Pride has disrupted Pride parades in at least eight cities in protest of the celebration’s increasing corporatization. In Washington, D.C., the group successfully held up the parade for more than an hour, blocking the streets with a sit-in and signs condemning companies like Wells Fargo.

Read more in the Washington Examiner

Trump isn’t getting impeached anytime soon

President Trump has had a rough week. On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that the president asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop the bureau’s investigation of former national security advisor Michael Flynn’s alleged ties with Russia. Then, on Wednesday, the Department of Justice appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to take over the investigation of Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

With his administration battered by constant scandal, the president is now facing growing talk of impeachment. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., made headlines on Wednesday for likely being the first Republican on the Hill to broach the subject of impeachment publicly. The online wagering site PredictIt saw record bets this week from observers looking to cash in on Trump’s removal from office.

Continue reading on The Washington Examiner 

Young Voices Turns One

One year ago today, Young Voices formally incorporated as a nonprofit organization. What an incredible journey it’s been! In the months since, we’ve doubled our article output from a monthly average of 15 to 30. We’ve also doubled our staff from two to four, increasing our capacity to identify and empower the next generation of pro-liberty thought leaders.

In the past month alone, Young Voices’ writers have been featured in The Daily Beast, The Glenn Beck Program, National Review, Playboy, Newsweek, RealClearPolitics, SiriusXM, and USA Today. Oh, and we were cited by the Congressional Research Service! Our network of young commentators are spreading the message of liberty on airwaves, cables, and in print across the world.

This promising start is all because of supporters like you. I’ve been blown away by the help I’ve received from people passionate about our mission of empowering young libertarians. For all the advice, connections, and support you’ve given, Friend, I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I’ll be sure to keep you updated as Young Voices continues our operations for another twelve months… and hopefully twelve years after that! But for now, it’s time to celebrate!

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The net neutrality debate and beyond: A Rare interview with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

Recently, I was invited to sit down with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to discuss tech policy under the Trump administration. The FCC has been all over the news recently, especially in regards to net neutrality, as I’ve covered in Rare. Our conversation covered a wide range of topics in addition to the Open Internet Order, including digital privacy, broadband deployment, and the role of Congress in designing tech policy.

GIVEN: Since your appointment, there’s been two big policy changes that have caused some furious backlash from the press. First, the reversal of Obama-era privacy rules and net neutrality. Did you expect such a reaction coming into the job?

PAI: Well, I know it’s a politically polarizing time, and I realize that some of the decisions that were made by the past administration on a party-line basis, changing those decisions would engender an equal and opposite reaction if you will from those who are vested in the original decision. And so, it’s not a surprise to me at all. This has traditionally been one of the tougher jobs in Washington, DC because you’re always going to have to displease somebody. But, moving forward, what I’ve tried to bring to the job is a spirit of bipartisanship…..

Read more at Rare Politics