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Cut down the Amazon: How to handle tech conglomerates in the 21st century

The zeitgeist of our time revolves near universally around important technology companies and their amassment of power over our lives. In what felt like the final season of a reality TV show, Amazon spent the last year courting states and municipalities to fight each other in a race to the bottom of corporate taxes, all […]

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Vote “huh” on Prop 112

James Madison once wrote that what differentiated the government of the United States from that of previous iterations “[lied] in the total exclusion of the people in their collective capacity.” Madison, perhaps our most crucial Constitutional progenitor, was apprehensive about the public’s ability to properly judge and vote on all the nation’s laws. No current […]

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MAGA-Coal Incongruity: Trump’s Flawed Take on Energy

Coal is slowly dying off. Over the past 80 years, coal jobs have been on the decline and the dirtiest of all energy sources, regarding energy production, was eclipsed by renewables in 2015 globally and by natural gas in 2016 domestically. Market forces like automation and decreasing natural gas costs have diminished the demand for […]

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Objectivity

With the election of Donald Trump as our president, I have heard some people wrongly say that the truth matters now more than ever. Truth and objectivity always matter, even if it goes against the side of the political spectrum you tend to fall on. I define objectivity in this column as equal treatment of […]

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Censorship

Censorship is long proclaimed as one of the worst moral crimes against the press or the people’s voice. Oppressive, in fact.  But where is the line drawn on what is and what is not censorship? I argue that censorship only occurs when the platform being controlled is a public platform. Twitter and Facebook have both […]

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Political Giant

Do you think President Donald Trump is a political giant? Or perhaps you think the Democrats or Republicans are political giants? If so, I think you are dead wrong. The real political giant is politics as a whole, which has become a black hole. Let me explain. Over a year ago, I started gaining interest […]

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Post Election Thoughts

“A house divided against itself cannot stand” ~ Abraham Lincoln It is the afternoon of Wednesday November 9th and I am sitting in Periodic Table trying to put to paper my thoughts after this election. Periodic table is not empty but it is far too quiet, and the entire campus seems quieter than usual today. […]

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The Electoral College

The Electoral College, the body of 538 delegates who vote for the president in December, the body created by the constitution, is inherently undemocratic. There I said it, but before you start burning effigies hear me out. We fervently believe in democracy, because it is what makes our country so amazing. We have a society […]

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Respecting Fellow Citizens Despite Ideological Differences

Engaging in reasonable political discussion should not require a commonly approved opinion. Too frequently, groups and individuals use shaming tactics to discredit and silence ideas in political discussion. Perhaps you have noticed these individuals; they come from all political affiliations and are most often heard on social media. The mantra of the shamer is “I […]

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Election Season Filled with Scandal

The moral of this election is don’t use email. Clinton’s email server has been a huge talking point this election, on grounds of cybersecurity and transparency. The FBI is correct in pointing out the “gross negligence” of a private server. The FBI found 113 emails containing classified information, of which 3 had classification markers, and […]