ARTICLE BY NOLAN WEIN What do the past two prime-time Republican Presidential Primary Debates have in common? In both programs, the candidates took no prisoners: they argued with and lambasted one another, and they frequently ignored and interrupted the moderators. This dynamic creates an environment in which candidates try to one-up each other to differentiate… Read More The Race to the Extreme
ARTICLE BY JESUS ALCOCER We Penn undergrads are fond of validating our importance through the various achievements of our alumni. Just today the Daily Pennsylvanian announced that Harvard Law professor Larry Lessig, a Wharton and College graduate, would be running on the Democratic Primary. And despite our alma mater’s efforts to dissociate itself from Trump,… Read More Roxas’ (W79) Rocky Road to the Presidency
ARTICLE BY JOHN GEYER | The Orwellian fear of political language’s devolution has reached its fruition. The most recent republican debate—glutted with stale, vague phraseology, euphemisms, and cloudiness that shroud presumably underdeveloped political agendas—is the prime example. When Ben Carson announced his concern “about the future of our children,” or when Donald Trump proclaimed “I’m… Read More A Case for Marco Rubio
ARTICLE BY SUMMER OSBORN Kim Davis, a Kentucky County Clerk who was recently jailed for refusing to administer marriage licenses to gay couples, has become quite a hero in the conservative Christian community. Fox News has launched a campaign to make her into Christianity’s greatest martyr post Biblical times, comparing her to the likes of… Read More Reconciling Politics and Religion in the Kim Davis Case
Negative Article by Jacob Ausubel, University of Pennsylvania 2019 Ronald Reagan, contrary to what many believe, would be at home in today’s Republican Party. Granted, the former president had moderate views on amnesty. As my brother Nathan explained in his affirmative speech, Reagan offered amnesty to 3 million undocumented immigrants. True, the president disappointed conservatives… Read More DEBATE: By today’s standards, was Reagan a moderate Republican?
Affirmative By Nathan Ausubel, University of Pennsylvania 2019 In the most recent Republican presidential debate, Ronald Reagan’s name was invoked ad nauseum. Former Gov. Chris Christie remembered fondly casting his first vote for Reagan in 1980, and Sen. Rand Paul recalled meeting him when he was in his teens. Gov. John Kasich, in turn, spoke… Read More DEBATE: By today’s standards, was Reagan a moderate Republican?
ARTICLE BY CHARLES SANSONE, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA 2019 “Finish your food! There’s starving kids in Africa!” Everybody’s childhood was peppered with this phrase, sometimes multiple times a meal. Yet after so many decades, to the point of the phrase becoming cliché, not much seems to have changed in the fight against world hunger. Last week,… Read More Finish Your Food or Finish the Fight?—Another Look at World Hunger
ARTICLE BY REGGIE KRAMER Governments are legitimate. Governments are illegitimate. Wars are legitimate or illegitimate. Decisions, hierarchies, institutions, rulings, declarations, treaties—all can be legitimate or illegitimate. And these value decisions—whether or not something is in fact legitimate—are entirely subjective. Not only do states decide what is legitimate, but so too can individuals, organizations, and businesses,… Read More Right to Rule? The Problem of Legitimacy in International Politics
ARTICLE BY NIKKI LIN | Only a few months ago I sat in my AP Government and Politics classroom as my liberal New York born and raised friends and I gushed about Hilary Clinton’s announcement on her bid for the presidency. She had finally confirmed what we had all already known, and we were all… Read More Why Hillary why?