North Korea, it seems, cannot stop provoking the rest of the world. Unfortunately, the hard truth is that the rest of the world has no idea what to do about it. The Latest Conflict On August 29, the rogue nation fired a missile that flew over the Japanese island of Hokkaido. On September 3, it upped the stakes yet again by testing a hydrogen bomb. Both events culminated in the usual displays of outrage from all the relevant parties. How did we get here? Some say that it’s because America has been too weak. Others tout the need for a diplomatic solution (whatever...Read More
Author: Alex Christy
Following the daily ins and outs of politics can be tiresome and exhausting. It seems as if our political disputes have become less and less substantive, and more and more absurd. For all the talk about how divided this country is, some have wondered if there is any reason for hope. Then, Hurricane Harvey slammed into Southeastern Texas. Harvey dumped massive amounts of rain on the Houston area, leading to severe flooding. Images such as this one show I-610 transforming from a freeway to what looks like a series of rivers with misplaced traffic signs. These pictures and videos...Read More
On Monday night, President Trump delivered an address to the nation on Afghanistan and what America’s future there will look like. Trump’s proposed strategy is a mixed bag. It as some good qualities, some not so good elements, and some unknowns. Because of how many parts there are, it’s worth breaking his speech down and examining several pieces of his plan in turn. The Good: Refusing to Withdraw The first good thing Trump did was to not follow through on his initial instinct to withdraw. Perhaps being in the big chair changed his mindset. No President wants to be known...Read More
After seeing the events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, it is natural for normal people to ask how to prevent such events in the first place. Ultimately, you cannot legislate a person’s heart. Even if banning so-called hate speech were permitted by the First Amendment, you would still not eliminate the hate. That would require something beyond politics. Still, there are some ways to ensure that the fringe elements of society remain on the fringe. Unfortunately, many appear to be taking the direct opposite approach. Understanding Modern Nazism First of all, Nazism is a collectivist ideology. The full...Read More
This Monday will mark the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese surrender which ended World War II. Before that day arrives, there were two other 72nd anniversaries. Wednesday marked the 72nd anniversary of dropping the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, while Sunday marked the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Few events have been debated in hindsight more passionately. Public approval of the bombings has decreased significantly since 1945. In 2015, Pew Research said that 57% of Americans feel the bombings were justified, down from 85% in 1945. However, the modern debate is a tale of moral hindsight gone wrong. Crisis...Read More
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