In 1906, the German sociologist Werner Sombart published an essay called, “Why is there no Socialism in the United States?” in which he tried to address a question that had puzzled political thinkers for decades: why did European labor movements adopt socialist goals (like the overthrow of the capitalist system and the nationalization of property, for instance) while [...]
I have always been a firm believer in the old saying “If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns,” but it is very rare that I express this opinion, because it is not particularly relevant to any conversations I have been having since coming to college. Recently, however, my eyes have been opened by [...]
Discussions of both climate change and its solutions often entail deliberation on human action and inaction. Evidence clearly indicates human action as the cause of extreme climate change, the worst of which is yet to come, making both past and present human beings responsible. Much has been debated regarding the solution: how best to mitigate [...]
This past Wednesday, US federal court blocked a Florida law that sought to limit doctors’ ability to question patients about their personal gun possession. District Judge Marcia Cooke argued that the law violated the US Constitution’s First Amendment’s free speech protections. This case presents an interesting contrast of ethics and constitutional law.
The Reganism of the 1980′s saw a political turn to the right. Economist Milton Friedman endorsed this change in the 1980′s with the famous TV series “Free to Choose.” Paul Krugman, in his editorial in the New York Times on Friday, argued that “Free to Choose” is really a platitude for “Free to Die.”
Yesterday President Obama spoke again on the situation in Egypt, and this bit near the end of his speech really caught my attention: Over the last few days, the passion and the dignity that has been demonstrated by the people of Egypt has been an inspiration to people around the world, including here in the United [...]