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  • Looking backward (Login Required)

    "It’s now been almost eight whole years since Barack Obama became President. Ordinarily it would be poor form to reflect on a sitting president’s legacy, but since we’re facing the mother of all lame duck electoral seasons, I’m fairly confident Obama’s legacy is nearly complete."

  • A myopia rooted in the fear of being silenced (Login Required)

    "Behind two of the most prominent arguments regarding the censorship, or lack thereof, of freedom of speech in America today, lie common threads."

  • Trump a 70-year-old 4th grader (Login Required)

    "“It’s just locker room talk” is how Donald Trump defends the video of him bragging about sexually assaulting women."

  • Assholes or allies? Let’s make up our minds (Login Required)

    "Making Carleton feel like home necessitates stretching ourselves, even if this means listening to ideas that challenge the assumptions by which we lived before arriving on campus."

  • A radical redefinition of freedom of speech (Login Required)

    "It’s sad, as a journalist, to see the principle your work is based on so often appropriated as an excuse for hate and ignorance. I’ve heard the freedom of speech argument stretched to justify almost every type of backlash to social progress – from blatant far-right hatred to liberals concerned that things like microaggressions or trigger warnings “have just gone too far.”"

  • Superficial comfort threat to freedom (Login Required)

    "The freedom to express oneself is perhaps the most cherished and crucial guiding principle of our modern, liberal society. Embedded within our Constitution is the notion that our liberty to think, write, and say what we want isn’t granted by some arbitrary collection of political leaders, but rather that it is a liberty that exists naturally due to our own inherent humanity."

  • Choice Words (Login Required)

    "I may not forswear swearing anytime soon (pun intended), but there is little to no proper context for talking like an asshole when you are trying to work with someone, no matter your place in the world."

  • Mercy sorely missed in immigration debate (Login Required)

    "Up to this day, the American immigrant story is still full of the poetry encapsulated in Emma Lazarus’ sonnet; on the one hand, a divorce from native lands that strangle their exiles’ aspirations of peaceful and prosperous lives, and on the other, a marriage into a new, grand family in which strangers are welcomed to a feast of hope and opportunity. But the prose of real life often has a different, less idealistic narrative."

  • Confessions of a 98th Percentile Neurotic (Login Required)

    "Most of my friends quickly discover that I’m just a teeny bit neurotic. I find it hard to go through life without mulling over every little aspect of my existence, even as I understand how petty and irrational the ruminations are."

  • Celebrating 150 years amidst climate change (Login Required)

    "In 1992, in celebration of Carleton’s 125th birthday, former Carleton Dean of Men Merrill Jarchow wrote a book on Carleton’s 25 years between 1966 and 1992. He called the book Carleton Moves Confidently into its Second Century. Now we are at the 150th birthday and if one were to write a similar book today, a more appropriate title might be Carleton Moves Timidly and Reluctantly into a Turbulent Second 150 Years."

  • In shallow water (Login Required)

    "It’s not in my purview to snatch the smartphones from their hands and force them to talk to one another. But the frequency of these occurrences makes me ask myself: “Does the Internet make us deeper or shallower?”"

  • It's all in your roots (Login Required)

    "I use circumstances to mean circumstances of your being, which help form your viewpoints on the world. This word also relates to how different actions affect you. Your life circumstances help determine the ways in which you perceive different laws."