Ben Boychuk

About Ben Boychuk

Ben Boychuk is managing editor of American Greatness. He is a regular columnist for the Sacramento Bee, a former weekly syndicated columnist with Tribune Media, and a veteran of several publications, including Investor's Business Daily and the Claremont Review of Books. He lives in California.

Zuckerberg’s A.I. Hope is a Free Speech Nightmare

The most terrifying thing about Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance on Tuesday before a special joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees wasn’t anything he had to say about privacy, or the mishandling of millions of users’ personal data, or creepy Russian advertising in the 2016 presidential election. In fact, on those questions,

By | 2018-04-14T11:03:24+00:00 April 14th, 2018|

‘In Zuckerberg We Trust’—Seriously?

The Boston Globe's Hiawatha Bray writes: I’d been looking forward to watching Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg take an oath to tell the truth to Congress. But the Senate committee that heard Zuckerberg’s testimony on Tuesday afternoon chose not to swear him in. Instead, they decided to trust the man, a strategy that hasn’t worked

By | 2018-04-11T02:03:09+00:00 April 11th, 2018|

The Most Terrifying Thing Mark Zuckerberg Told the Senate

The Washington Examiner reports Mark Zuckerberg had this to say in response to a question about challenges his company faces evaluating "hate speech" versus "legitimate political discourse": Hate speech, I am optimistic that over a five to 10 year period we'll have AI tools that can get into some of the nuances, the linguistic nuances of

By | 2018-04-10T15:02:23+00:00 April 10th, 2018|

WSJ: A Better Way to Make Facebook Pay

Andy Kessler doesn't think EU-style regulation is the answer. (Agreed. Hell, no!) His solution in the Wall Street Journal today is straightforward: Techies have an expression for Facebook’s model. It’s “free as in beer”—in the sense of costing no money. You pay in other ways. I propose a simple fix. Let’s flip the whole thing—make

By | 2018-04-10T16:46:07+00:00 April 10th, 2018|

Silicon Valley Falls to Earth

Franklin Foer, the liberal former editor of The New Republic who wrote a pretty decent book about the depredations of Big Tech, observes ahead of Mark Zuckerberg's big show today on Capitol Hill (about which, more here, here, and here): In the face of Silicon Valley’s power, there’s a widely shared sense that the public has has

By | 2018-04-10T11:56:47+00:00 April 10th, 2018|

If This Is Limited Government, We’re In Trouble

From time to time, I ask, "Why bother with Republicans if this is all they have to offer?" Garland S. Tucker III raises the question yet again with a dismaying case in point at RealClearPolicy: As Republican fundraisers crank up their requests for limited-government conservatives to fund 2018 campaigns, congressional incumbents have a lot to answer for.

By | 2018-04-09T17:24:32+00:00 April 9th, 2018|

In the School of Resentment, It’s Personal—It’s Very Personal

Mark Bauerlein, who contributes occasionally to American Greatness, has a terrific essay at Minding the Campus on the annihilation of "Great Books" in the universities. It's a bit of a long read, but worthwhile and I don't want to spoil it. Here's a tidbit: When, for instance, during the Canon Wars of the late-80s a banner was

By | 2018-04-09T17:16:49+00:00 April 9th, 2018|

Peter Navarro on the U.S.-China Trade Dispute

The president's chief advisor on trade policy takes to the pages of the Financial Times today to explain the administration's position (pardon the British spelling and punctuation): Critics of Mr Trump are quick to blame the stock market’s recent volatility on the president’s trade policies. The reality is that stock prices are driven by earnings growth

By | 2018-04-09T12:23:26+00:00 April 9th, 2018|

Michael Anton to Leave the White House

The president's chief national security spokesman is heading for Hillsdale College's Kirby Center to write and lecture. Politico has a story. Anton, of course, was the writer known as Publius Decius Mus, who wrote "The Flight 93 Election," among a great many other things for this website. Who can say what the future holds?

By | 2018-04-08T18:00:04+00:00 April 8th, 2018|