The Importance of an Apolitical Central Bank

By Nicholas Torres | December 4, 2018 Introduction A central bank, put simply, is the institution within a country that manages that country’s currency, money supply, and interest rates. These three factors have a profound influence on the broader economy. Therefore, the function of a central bank is something to take seriously. However, there has … Continue reading The Importance of an Apolitical Central Bank

“Trigger Fingers Turn to Twitter Fingers”: The Influence of Twitter on Public Opinion

By Kayla Santos | December 4, 2018 Media has always played a crucial role in American politics, and as of late, modern media has been particularly influential regarding voter learning. It has increased Americans’ sense of civic responsibility, but it has also given people of all points of view a platform to voice their opinions. … Continue reading “Trigger Fingers Turn to Twitter Fingers”: The Influence of Twitter on Public Opinion

How Norway Manages their Contradictory Pro-Environment and Pro-Petroleum Policies

By Helena Jordheim | December 4, 2018 If one were to spend time in Norway, they would notice early on the charging stations lining city streets for the growing number of electric cars, the strict recycling policies, the vast number of people using public transportation. Not only do Norwegians push sustainable practices in their own … Continue reading How Norway Manages their Contradictory Pro-Environment and Pro-Petroleum Policies

Israel, Palestine, and the Use of Psychological Force

By David Levin | December 4, 2018 Culturally Palestinian and cartographically Israeli, the West Bank is a present focal point of Israeli settlement and military occupation, signifying decades of apartheid and violence that manifests in the infrastructure of the land.1 Israeli settlements cut between and divide Palestinian territory, establishing strategic positioning for the construction of … Continue reading Israel, Palestine, and the Use of Psychological Force

From Blue to Red: An Evaluation of the Evolution of the Democracy of the Turkish Republic

By Mina Erten | Art: Gradient of Democracy by Manya Tam | December 11, 2017 A downfall of humankind is that no matter the amount of forewarning, we are creatures that learn best through experience and identifying the problem and its consequences with the self. If this were not true, then politics in the 21st … Continue reading From Blue to Red: An Evaluation of the Evolution of the Democracy of the Turkish Republic

Kneeling Tall: Protests, Patriotism, and Police Brutality in Trump’s America

By Samuel O'Brient | Illustration by Manya Tam | December 11, 2017 These days, most news articles about the NFL have less to do with actual football and more to do with political turmoilWhen San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during our national anthem last year, no one likely could have foreseen … Continue reading Kneeling Tall: Protests, Patriotism, and Police Brutality in Trump’s America

Climate Change Refugees: Legitimate Status or Just Child’s Play?

By Arianna Cooper | December 11, 2017 The metaphorical force of the canary in the coalmine. [1] Climate Change: a change in weather patterns altering the global temperature for an extended period of time due to certain human activities.    Climate change is a popular crisis in the environmental and conservation field. The topic has … Continue reading Climate Change Refugees: Legitimate Status or Just Child’s Play?

A Reflection on the 2016 Presidential Campaign and My Decision to Digitally Isolate Myself

By Moyna Ghosh | Illustration by Monya Ghosh | December 11, 2017 Summer of 2016 “In 2004, I cast my vote for John Kerry, and when I found out he lost, I was overcome by despair. I realized that, yes, participating in a democracy can be exhilarating. But it can be heartbreaking, too.” - Aasif … Continue reading A Reflection on the 2016 Presidential Campaign and My Decision to Digitally Isolate Myself

Anarchy: From Nihilism to Nationalism to Nazism

By Joseph Hille | December 11, 2017 Think about the news media you are exposed to and the academic articles you read regarding contemporary political trajectories. On the left, one likely reads many critiques of neoliberalism; while on the right, the same is likely true for socialist ideals. This is the case in any system … Continue reading Anarchy: From Nihilism to Nationalism to Nazism