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Steve Hilton says that “screen addiction” is fundamentally hurting America’s youth to the dismay of desperate parents, and he has a proposed solution: “Smartphones have been a disaster for children and families, and it’s long past time we ban them for children under 16.”

In a separate explosive commentary, Hilton accused the Biden administration of running an anti-free-speech, fascist regime.

“Here’s the bottom line,” the Fox News host explained on “The Next Revolution” Sunday. “Kids do not need smartphones that give them the internet in their pocket at any time, any place. And I don’t know a single parent who positively wants their kids to have these wretched things.”

Parents believe they have no choice, however, he suggested. “They just think it’s unavoidable. How can they say no when all the other kids have smartphones? Well, it’s not unavoidable. We have rules to protect children from other harmful activities like drugs and alcohol, and smoking and underage sex. Why on earth aren’t we doing the same for smartphones which are actually causing far more widespread harm to kids and families than any of the other things we’ve banned for kids?

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As a practical matter, he noted “you’re not going to be able to enforce a ban all the time, just like you still see kids smoking or vaping even though we have rules against that. But by setting this standard, we can set an expectation of society’s standards. We can help schools and parents reclaim their kids’ childhood.”

The host of “The Next Revolution,” a longtime Big Tech critic, began his riff by lamenting all the media hoopla about the Facebook whistleblower who testified before Congress last week.

“Kids so obsessed with their phones that they are shutting out the real world. Parents are desperate about this, but instead of helping them, we are getting into a stupid frenzy about Facebook,” Hilton insisted.

In a separate, more lengthy monologue, Hilton debunked the claim from the political/media establishment that fascism and authoritarianism are phenomena exclusively associated with the right.

“It wasn’t Trump using the power of the state to silence views he didn’t like. It was the Democrats and their Big Tech donors interfering in the election, suppressing stories harmful to their candidate. It’s not Trump using the power of the state to go after political opponents, that would be the Biden regime, jailing the people like Marine Lt. Col. Stu Scheller, brave enough to speak out against them,” Hilton asserted, in part.

Referring to the crisis at the southern border, Hilton noted “it wasn’t Trump who told the FAA to ban news organizations from filming the evidence of policy failure.”

Reacting to the “domestic terrorist” smear, Hilton then described the decision by “moderate” Attorney General Merrick Garland to deploy the FBI and other law enforcement resources  to investigate grassroots parents who are speaking out against school mask mandates and critical race theory curriculum as “a true turning point in how we understand the nature of this Biden regime.”

“I’ve seen these tactics in communist Hungary…my parents escaped all that, and now to see it happen here, in America, is beyond belief…we were told that Trump was the one undermining democratic norms and civility. Biden would restore them,” Hilton said.

Condemning the Democrats’ authoritarian agenda, he added, “You know who else thinks like this? Actual fascists think like this.”

Identifying various civil liberties infringements by the Biden administration, Hilton concluded that “this regime, the Biden regime, is a fascist regime. Fascist in its mindset, fascist in its prejudice, fascist in its state-sponsored authoritarianism.”

Watch the clip below and form your own judgment:

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