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  • 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."

  • Mall of America security: following the rules or following prejudice? (Login Required)

    "Ah, the Mall of America. The biggest mall in the entire United States, right in Bloomington, Minnesota. A bastion of safety and security--or not."

  • Do it for the professors (Login Required)

    "I feel like Not Office Hours (title is a work in progress) could be hugely successful. Professors could have a break from all our problems and get a few of their own off their chest. Tea could and should be involved. Let’s take a break from talking about the papers we haven’t started, the data we have yet to collect and put some effort into the real beauty of Carleton: conversation and procrastination."

  • Exploring the depths of "religious liberty" (Login Required)

    "If you’ve haven’t heard enough of the catch-all term “religious liberty,” check the headlines again."

  • Moral defiance (Login Required)

    "In our liberal democracy, law, as opposed to the arbitrary whims of our politicians, is the source of order and authority. The principle of the rule of law protects all of us from decrees that would serve to harm us and undermine our freedoms and rights, while also protecting us from our fellow citizens’ own transgressions. Without such a principle in place, stability would surely give in to chaos, and the life we have grown accustomed to would be an impossibility."