Public Servants and the People

“We the People” are the first three words of the United States Constitution. It established who grants the authority for all the powers and legitimacy of what follows, including the rights of women and men and structures of government. The “People” unlike, say, a “King”, “Class”, or even deity established the constitution. If you were…

Guns in America

It’s been a long, a long time coming But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will -Sam Cooke I can easily remember where I was when I first heard of the massacre. I was sitting at my desk studying the previous week’s notes before heading to class. Intermediate Economic Price Theory, one…

When Voters Become Pundits

I didn’t want to share this article to just criticize the reporting, nor did I want to share it to comment on their support for Trump. I’m sharing it because I think it offers a good example of a trend I’m finding more and more in people I observe in interviews, online, and among people I know. That trend being that people seem to be turning into pundits in their thoughts on politics. Less concerned with their support for something, I find their reasons astonishing, and becoming increasingly common.

Are the U.S. and China Destined for War? Well, about that “Thucydides’ Trap”

Like clockwork, fear of the next great war between the established power (United States) versus the rising power (China) is gossiped and rumored. Particularly, this theory  has been given new popularity, and relevance, due to the observations of the 2000+ year old Thucydides of Athens.

However, in an excellent essay, Ian Buruma strongly challenges the assertion that a war between China and the United States is inevitable.

When the Truth Doesn’t Matter

I recently watched George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck, a film in part detailing how journalism successfully fought against McCarthyism, for the first time. I don’t plan to use this post as a review of the film, but it struck me how different the characters and institutions were from the 1950’s and today. While some of the scenes…