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The Paradox of Presentism

May 1, 2019

Physics teaches us that a myriad of factors – causal loops and the grandfather paradox, to name just two – render the possibility of travelling back in time obsolete. It teaches us that the future is born out of the past, and that it is unlikely that our kind will ever be able to journey through...

Stand with Israel, and Criticize it Too

Stand with Israel, and Criticize it Too

April 3, 2019

When Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN5) suggested that taking a pro-Israeli stance smacked of foreign allegiance, an army of politicians from across the aisle leaped to condemn her poorly phrased and flagrantly insensitive remarks. And rightfully so. In a world where the ghost of anti-Semitism knows no boundaries, it...

H.R.1: the Anti- Pluralist Manifesto

March 20, 2019

Imagine waking up in an America where H.R. 1: For the People Act of 2019 is the law of the land. Washington, D.C. is a full-fledged state of the Union (so what that the city was profoundly dependent on the federal government and the statehood has given its residents an unfair influence over national...

My Proposed Curriculum

March 6, 2019

It is that time of the year again. As March brings unwarranted hopes for a warm respite from Maine’s record-setting winter temperatures, the Registrar’s Office reminds us to sign up for fall classes. I always enjoy crafting my course schedule. But there is more to the process than casually lingering...

Wealth Tax: When The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions

February 13, 2019

Upon returning to Bates in the fall of 2018, I found an email from Professor Engel sitting in my inbox. “Dear politics majors,” it read, “the department is hosting a welcome back reception in the Muskie Archives Garden. Besides getting a chance to have ice cream with us, you can meet some facul...

Longest Shutdown in History: All for Nothing?

January 30, 2019

When I was settling upon my article topic on a late Thursday night, the most protracted partial government shutdown in US history appeared nowhere near resolution. Besides racking up at least $6 billion in cost to the economy, the 35-day showdown between President Trump and the Democrat-controlled Hou...

Trump and the Squandering of US Soft Power

January 16, 2019

Superpowers come and go. They conceive their political hegemony through violence, assert their dominance with military braggadocio, and fight for survival until their last breath. But the United States, I have always thought, is a different kind of superpower –– gentle, persuasive, and more li...

The Murder That Shook the World

November 28, 2018

Does the "lesser of two evils" principle apply when the most fundamental of American values — freedom of the press—comes under assault? Are Middle Eastern geopolitics worth overlooking a heinous crime? Do the end results of cooperating with our so-called ally justify the means? Jamal Khashoggi...

Undocumented Immigration is Cheating

November 7, 2018

On October 2, a few dozen Bates students from Professor Longaker’s Social Movements in Latin America class congregated near Commons to stake out a claim for themselves in the nationwide immigration debate. While the rally was ostensibly organized in opposition to President Trump’s family separation ...

Fake News, Real Consequences

Fake News, Real Consequences

Nick Morgoshia

May 2, 2018

  In an impassioned address to a joint meeting of Congress last week, French President Emmanuel Macron railed against "the ever-growing virus of fake news, which exposes our people to irrational fear and imaginary risks." That tabloid journalism stirs public passions and tills the soil for errat...

“Just Arm The Teachers”

“Just Arm The Teachers”

Nick Morgoshia

April 4, 2018

We have all heard someone say it. At a time when our nation continues to ruminate on the debilitating legacy of the Parkland shooting – and the memories from Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, and countless other tragedies have returned to haunt the American psyche yet again – the president, congressmen, ...

More Than Dessert: How Wedding Cakes Could Redefine Free Speech

More Than Dessert: How Wedding Cakes Could Redefine Free Speech

Nick Morgoshia

March 14, 2018

Few things stir the American blood as much as the First Amendment. Almost as old as the U.S. Constitution itself, the First Amendment vouchsafes our continued existence as a marketplace of ideas by barring Congress from "abridging the freedom of speech, press, peaceful assembly, and religion." Throughout hi...

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