Well, in many ways it has.
BRIGHT editor Inez Stepman, a policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum and senior contributor to The Federalist, thinks it has. She is hosting a podcast with guests from all aspects of the political spectrum and is looking to advance discussions “in a way that hopes to advance our common American future,” and to “define and support a free people.”
Why call it High Noon? Stepman admits to her love of Westerns and Gary Cooper, whose character in the classic High Noon is tested when he must decide to face a gang of killers alone or leave town with his new wife.
Ms. Stepman fears that we are on the cusp of High Noon in America.
Sixty-five percent of Americans are afraid to share their political views. Is that because we’ll be shipped off to the gulag for criticizing Joe Biden? Of course not. But the fear of losing your job, your social network, even long-standing friendships, is more than enough to keep the vast majority of people in line. Free speech can be killed in practice long before the letters of the First Amendment fade from the courtrooms. As Ben Domenech quoted while hosting Fox News Primetime last week, there is a movement rising in every institution in America that means that we should not rule ourselves.
On High Noon, I intend to host, and hopefully contribute to, the conversations that both define and support a free people. And we better have them now, or we may find we’re unable to in the future.
An upcoming podcast features Dr. Debra Soh, author of The End of Gender: Debunking the Myths about Sex and Identity in Our Society. In coming weeks, guests will include Melissa Chen, Christopher Rufo, and Bari Weiss. Inez Stepman is hoping listeners will subscribe and leave reviews with feedback.
There will be a new episode every Wednesday, and you can find it anywhere you normally get your podcasts.
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