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  • "That IS funny" (Login Required)

    It is common to hear that certain subjects or groups of people are "off limits," but such broad prohibitions are absurd. There are ways to joke about difficult subjects constructively, and comedy does far more social good than harm.

  • Humor valuable part of political discourse (Login Required)

    Humor is very raw. It can be sharp to the touch. It can be dangerous; but it can also keep us safe.

  • Humor in the age of outrage (Login Required)

    Every usage of racial slurs and offensive perjoratives served to highlight the absurdity of the entire situation being shown on screen.

  • Trying (and failing) to go on autopilot (Login Required)

    I suspect a survival mechanism kicked in somewhere along the way for her, a desire to shrink and simplify the world, to focus on what she could: her job, her family, her friends. Even my father, the news junkie of the family, tends toward passivity. Since Inauguration Day, he has often said of everything done by the new administration, ever so blandly, "We'll see."

  • Dissecting America, a nation of contradiction (Login Required)

    Given all the facts facing the reality of our ideas is embarassing, and many crave the old perspective, the old ignorance, because back then the water was untested and everything was more calm and clear. Now, the water is murky for our troubling, and it feels as if America might drown.

  • Peacing our politics back together (Login Required)

    Indeed, Carleton is dimly aware of its own desire for peace and common ground, but as the tone of some of these writings illustrates, its ability to get there is hampered by the adversarial nature of its usual modes of discussion.

  • A complex American identity (Login Required)

    Sure, there are indeed many American citizens who hold the bigoted views of Trump and gladly voted him in. At the same time, though, there are also many Americans working hard to change the status quo.

  • Don't let Milo define the battle for free speech and campus conservatism (Login Required)

    We have settled for the boisterous showmen who know how to rile up the scorn of the masses, who provide unforgettable entertainment and superficial amusement but who are in the end nothing more than talking heads devoid of any substantive views and contributions to the movement.

  • Overseen at Sayles (Login Required)

    "It’s staggering how accustomed we become to drinking in our lives over the years. Across many backgrounds prior to coming to Carleton, we’ve verily accepted drinking as a part of culture."

  • A value-based question (Login Required)

    The question “Do Carls drink too much?” is value-based, and answers will vary depending on a person’s experiences.

  • American exceptionalism through diversity and heritage (Login Required)

    "Never did I doubt my standing in the national community, nor did I question the steadfast acceptance I felt from others who were different from me. America has been, and always will be, an integral part of my identity."

  • Emotional education through art (Login Required)

    "It’s a natural consequence of attending a liberal arts school. People have deep-rooted interests here, and they will fight to defend them. Since I’ve come to Carleton, I’ve had numerous discussions—some of which may better be called arguments—with different people about the merits of certain works of art."