Flying Dog Brewery terminated its membership with the Brewers Association over free speech concerns on June 1, marking the first time that a craft beer manufacturer split with the powerful trade group. The move was made in protest of a policy the Brewers Association announced in April aimed at cracking down on “sexually explicit, lewd, or demeaning brand names, language, text, graphics, photos, video, or other images.”
Flying Dog, who produces a popular Belgian IPA called Raging Bitch, is no stranger to censorship challenges. In 2009, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission barred the sale of Raging Bitch in the Wolverine State, claiming that the label is “detrimental to the public health, safety, and welfare.” Oddly enough, the label was designed by renowned artist Ralph Steadman, who is best known for illustrating many of Hunter S. Thompson’s best-known works, including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
In a late-June session of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) successfully added an amendment to a Defense Appropriations Bill that would repeal the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF).
The passage of this amendment sent a positive signal that America’s war-making capabilities will finally be the subject of a debate, at least on the House floor. On July 12, Lee even met with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan to discuss the matter. Unfortunately, it appears that Lee’s amendment is being threatened by Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), who has offered up a replacement bill that, instead of repealing the 2001 AUMF, would ask Congress to clarify war powers and goals.
Last week, seven individual Twitter account holders joined the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University in a lawsuit against President Donald Trump. The lawsuit alleges that the Trump administration violated the First Amendment by blocking seven people on Twitter from the @realDonaldTrump account because they mocked or criticized the president and his policies.
The Trump administration was given warning a month ago from the Knight Institute in a letter that advised the president to unblock the accounts or face litigation. Both the letter and the legal complaint argue that because Trump uses his account as a platform for his policies, he cannot legally block individuals from reading and responding to the tweets.
Samuel Peak was recently published in the Kansas City Star about Kris Kobach and his push against immigration. When it comes to Kobach, he is passionate about the issue, but he almost always conveys that passion using false statistics and often misunderstood studies. Sam joins the show to talk with Stephen Kent about his piece and explain.
In Kashana Cauley’s recent New York Times op-ed, “Why Millennials Should Lead the Next Labor Movement,” she raises several points about the benefits that union membership provides and why millennials should fight for a revival in the labor movement. Cauley’s description of higher wages, guaranteed days off, and good health benefits is certainly attractive to many millennials struggling to find their way in today’s difficult economy.
Yet, before millennials rush to start unionizing their workplaces, they should consider some of the consequences and tradeoffs that come with being in a union.