The New Inquisition

Giancarlo Diaz, Baruch College: In 1993 writer, Jonathan Ranch wrote a book called Kindly Inquisitors and identified what he would call the “humanitarian threat” to free speech. Unlike past threats to free speech, which involved overt intellectual authoritarianism that is easy to spot, the humanitarian threat is subtler. It occurs when people claim that certain […]

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Between Rounds in the French Election

Oliver Goodman, Johns Hopkins University: The first round of French elections ushered in an unsurprising victory for centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, but more significantly advanced Front National’s Marine Le Pen to the runoff election on May 7th. Le Pen’s volatile anti-immigration, nationalist rhetoric has captured support from many young voters in France who are disheartened […]

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Pensions for Old People, Right?

Michael Gentile, Johns Hopkins University: Early last year, Dallas’ Police and Fire Pension System quoted itself $3.27 billion in unfunded liabilities.  The fund has since suspended the right of pensioners to redeem their benefits after a panicked wave of retirement caused a run of $500 million during the last four months of 2016.  As courtrooms […]

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Trump’s North Korean Power Play

Oliver Goodman, Johns Hopkins University: On April 7th, President Donald Trump launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Syria, striking a prominent Syrian airfield, as the President concluded his dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The attack was cited as a response to credible reports that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons in an […]

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Nuclear Miscalculations

Ian Maddox, Johns Hopkins University: Deterrence functions by threatening to deliver an undeliverable punishment. As a result, nations stockpile destructive weapons, tensions brew, and large-scale war is avoided. This military strategy has played a major part in maintaining global security in the late 20th century. Deterrence policy ensured that the Cold War remained cold. Both […]

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The Supreme Court

Oliver Goodman, JHU: The past decade, especially the last two years, have brought about an unprecedented political arms race regarding the Supreme Court. Theoretically a non-partisan body, the practice of presidents nominating conservative and liberal justices has been a prolific concept since before FDR threatened to collapse the judicial branch himself. The technical practice of […]

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America’s Love of Guns

Adam Bryla, Baruch: Countries all over the western world are perplexed by the ordinary American’s love of guns. My parents were born and raised in Poland, a country with one of the strictest gun control laws in the world. The roots of Poland’s strict gun control laws are difficult to pinpoint, but one can infer […]

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Rural Playbook

Richard D. Elliott, UMBC: One problem that we Democrats face is geography. Republicans rack up easy, often blowout wins in many states. A 12 point victory in Arizona for McCain, a 24 point win in Arkansas for Boozman, a 14 point win in Georgia for Isakson. In fact, Republicans won 15 of these seats by […]

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