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One Size Does Not Fit All: The Case for School Choice

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the closure of schools was one of the largest challenges to American families with children. Many parents were forced to assume the role of teacher, and many students were left wondering when they’d return to the classroom. As phased re-openings dragged on, parents grew increasingly anxious. The collective frustration surrounding the delayed re-openings galvaniz...
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Why SCOTUS Term Limits are Necessary

In an 1855 speech, Republican Senator William Seward called on his Northern supporters to elect antislavery candidates who represented their true interests. His rationale was eerily reminiscent of today’s rhetoric; only about 1% of the nation owned slaves, he told the crowd, though slave owners were at the helm of every branch of government. “The people of the United States do not pref...
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The Biden Administration Must Make Cyber Security a Top Priority

On May 3, 2021, former President Donald Trump released a statement. He said, “The Fraudulent Presidential Election of 2020, will be, from this day forth, known as THE BIG LIE!” . This sentiment captures the spirit of all the election challenges that have occurred, and the narrative propagated by Trump allies which hinges on conspiracy theories surrounding Dominion Voting Systems. Trump...
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Religious Freedom is Where the Roberts Court Will Make its Impact

Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump fashioned a substantial conservative Supreme Court majority and a potential line of defense in the form of justices. Trump himself appointed three justices, Niel Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett, but also arguably had ideological support from three other justices, Thomas Clarence, Samuel Alito, and Chief Justice John Roberts-- all of whom were...
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Why Class-Based Affirmative Action Works

Affirmative action policies in the United States have long been controversial, where neither side of the debate can agree on an effectively equitable solution. Many Americans recognize the egregious history of racial discrimination in the United States that needs to be addressed, and that we all benefit when we interact with a diverse group of people. Yet, many are also uncomfortable with the idea...

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International Vaccine Inequity is the Problem, But a Vaccine Patent Waiver is not the Solution

Disclaimer: This article was originally written June 30, 2021 and in light of the evolving global COVID-19 situation, data and trends may have evolved as well   After a year of dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak, the focus has turned from mitigation to eradication. The miraculous expedition of COVID-19 vaccines from companies worldwide has presented new challenges in vaccine implementat...
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The Precarious State of Cross-Strait Stability: Calibrating Risk and Averting Conflict

US-China Relations in the Twenty-First Century – A Great Power Competition   The relationship between the United States and China is categorized, in many respects, as the most significant bilateral relationship of the 21st century. Previous expectations that China would eventually undergo liberal democratic reforms, adopt market capitalism, and accept American hegemony in a unip...
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South Africa’s Voter Turnout Problem: How Lack of Government Accountability has Created Voter Apathy Amongst Their Citizens

Introduction In 1994, South Africa held its first election with universal suffrage, allowing all adult South African citizens to vote regardless of their race. The election results dramatically changed the composition of South Africa’s government, with the African National Congress (ANC), which was previously banned from participating in South African elections, obtaining 62.65% of the na...
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MAD World – The Politics of Nuclear Armament

There are about 13,100 nuclear warheads stockpiled today. A single 5 megaton bomb, or half the tonnage of the U.S.’s strongest deployed bomb, can destroy the greater L.A. area in a matter of seconds. There are enough warheads on ‘high alert’ to obliterate nearly every major city in the world in the span of a few minutes. Despite these grim realities, a number of countries are sti...
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Russia’s Sham of a Democracy is Crumbling in the Wake of Navalny’s Arrest

Vladimir Putin’s presidency is on the brink of returning Russia to its old totalitarian state given recent events. Alexei Navalny’s arrest has shaken up not only Russia but all of the West in fear of Putin’s growing autocratic rule. It is no surprise that Russia has been disguising itself as a free, democratic nation for a long time, but recent events suggest an alarming shift to...

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