Dear Donald Trump… (Login Required)
"No, Donald Trump. This is not a love letter. I wish I understood the reason you feel the way you do. I wish I could empathize with you."
Responsibility: an essential American tension (Login Required)
"If we’re going to be responsible as members of the nation, it wouldn’t hurt to keep collective responsibilities in mind, too."
Craig restores faith in election process (Login Required)
"Next week marks the first time that many Carleton students will be able to cast ballots in a presidential election."
Who is good? (Login Required)
"Was Obama a good president? In setting about answering this question, more questions must be asked: What makes a president “good?”"
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."
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."
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.”"
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."