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  • The difficulty of keeping Passover at Carleton (Login Required)

    Jewish law, for all its restrictions, insists on individual health and safety above all other practices. So I stopped observing Passover. But that should never have happened to begin with. On a residential campus, I expect my meal plan to cover my dietary needs. Yet for over a week, one thirtieth of Carleton’s academic year, this was not true.

  • Transcending sovereignty (Login Required)

    It is absurd that this debate still exists. In the face of one of history’s worst humanitarian crises, the answer should be so clear that the need to ask the question should disappear. Indeed, the whole idea of asking the question – should we intervene, or should we remain on the sidelines – is itself an anachronism, a holdover of the 17th century.

  • Pax Americana: The need for U.S. intervention (Login Required)

    There are moments where eloquently written speeches and diplomatic resolutions at the United Nations fall short, and that is when the time for kinetic action begins.

  • Curiosity, remoteness and the anti-science moment (Login Required)

    We face a long-lived and lively anti-science and anti-expert moment, which unsurprisingly comes as the term "alternative facts" has entered the lexicon.

  • It gets people's attention... (Login Required)

    My point is that people generally only pay attention to information presented in an interesting way.

  • Conservative crisis in popular culture (Login Required)

    I cannot think of any conservative-leaning comedians that have a modicum of talent, and that is troubling.

  • The threat of Trump's banality (Login Required)

    Today, the rhetoric is different, but the tactics are the same. Each time Trump attacks a vital institution of American democracy, he makes his future seizure of power more likely. By slowly removing the various pegs of our public sphere, he deconstructs the state to the point where it will topple like a Jenga tower.

  • Caricatures of war (Login Required)

    The caricatures will become people, the deaths final and the fear real. However, I think we owe this honesty to the victims of war, both in and outside America. Hopefully this honestly will change our idea of war, which is the only way to stop the war machine.

  • When freedom is too much (Login Required)

    In the past few years we've seen the rise of many Internet features that we could never call democratic. The continued rise of clickbait, fake news, trolling, hate speech, and yes, even memes reflect our new Internet.

  • In defense of the Internet (Login Required)

    This is why I find the derision of the Internet so bothersome. When people critique “millennials who are too obsessed with their phones,” what they are implicitly saying is that they don’t value, or possibly are even aware of, the progressiveness that comes from the Internet. Even seemingly dumb things like memes often serve as a way to express a lived experience shared by internet subgroups, and provide a space for oppressed people to establish a sense of solidarity.

  • Where's the good news? (Login Required)

    But at the  time, everyday you log onto Facebook or look at Google News, you hope beyond all rational hope that today, things will be different. Today, the top story won't be another one of President Trump's hair brained "policies," but a story of hope, full of humanity and love and life.

  • "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.