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Students, Rise Up! Your Country Needs You!

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My fellow college students, we have more power than we can dream of. We only lack the will and knowledge to use it. In the 1950s, 1960s, and even the 1970s, college students drove issues like divestment from South Africa, environmental protection, gay rights, disability rights, ending Vietnam, and dozens of others. Today, outside of a relative few, we aren’t that engaged and don’t know how to be. This is not by accident. This has been through decades of deliberate action by the economic and political elite. The weakening of our civics curriculum, decreased funding for education, breaking the power of unions, crushing mom-and-pop businesses in favor of corporatism, and the rise of corporate personhood have all contributed to our lack of solidarity and reduction of intellectual freedom. Socrates, the father of philosophy, said that even if one was a slave, one was still free if they were intellectually free.…

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50 Shades of What Are You Thinking?

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The Fifty Shades of Grey series has its premise on a billionaire businessman, Damien Grey, and his “special friend,” Anastasia Steele having a BDSM relationship with each other, which some back story about Grey’s past to make it more than just a sex novel. Make no mistake: the only “romance” in this novel is the fact that Grey is a billionaire. If it was based in a trailer park, it would be a Criminal Minds episode. Come to think about it, there probably are a couple episodes with a similar premise. The real effect of the Fifty Shades series is bringing rape culture out of the shadows, not to be discussed and condemned, but glorified. It is disgusting and morally reprehensible. Relevant Magazine wrote an excellent article when the first Fifty Shades of Grey movie was released detailing all the stalking, abuse, coercion, and flat-out dehumanizing episodes in it. None…

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What’s going on with the Boy Scouts?

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To many, the Boy Scouts is quaint organization that puts a premium of values like personal responsibility, citizenship, integrity, leadership, cooperation, and teamwork. What you may not know is that I am an Eagle Scout, something less than 5 percent of all Boy Scouts since 1912 have earned. Added to that, I have one bronze, one gold, and one silver Eagle Palm for having earned merit badges beyond what was required for Eagle. Over the last several years, the Boy Scouts have had some fairly negative reactions due to their exclusion of gay and atheist Scouts and Scoutmasters, which has been changed for gay Scouts and adult Scouters since 2015. There have been several challenges to the Boy Scouts of America’s membership rules, but what it boils down to is this: the BSA is a private institution and can define membership requirements as it sees fit. The most recent policy…

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The greatest Presidents in American history

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In the world of political science it is very hard to come to an agreement on anything. In addition to logic and reasoning, opinion plays a huge role in the field. One constant, however, is the agreement that George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt are the greatest presidents in American history. Let us review their accomplishments. Note: these are in order of dates served. The Washington Post has a survey of Presidential scholars that ranks the Presidents in order. George Washington (1789-1797) was the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Known as a man of honor and integrity, he was the one person the Continental Congress could agree on to lead. After the war, when he was offered a position as King, he refused it. His allegiance was to our Republic, to our Democracy, and he would not threaten it. His serving two terms went…

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