Author: Alex Rued

The Counterfeit Medicine Industry

Tweet There is a new drug trade taking lives and fueling criminal activity across the globe. Unlike traditional trafficking of narcotics, this industry has zero consumer demand. The industry is the counterfeit medicine business, and with an estimated worth of $75 billion,[1] it rakes in more money each year than profits made from heroin and cocaine[2]. Counterfeiting medicine is not new; records of fake cinchona bark and quinine date back to the 1600 and 1800s respectively. But, with the advent of the Internet and globalization of markets, the issue has escalated over the past decade, now reaching from the...

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Is A Capitalist Raider What America Needs?

Merely mentioning politics today gives rise to sequential eye rolls, groans, and headshakes. Campaign speeches imbued with empty rhetoric oftentimes leave Americans exasperated, suspecting that candidates possess little knowledge of the issues discussed.  Politicking in 2012 appears be nothing short of conventional. GOP candidates, recurrently garnering media attention for their inanity rather than insight, have yet to recoup Americans’ faith in politics. In fact, last month’s Gallup polls revealed unprecedented levels of cynicism regarding our political system and the electoral process. Congress’ job approval rating stands at a meager 17%, the worst in Gallup history, and 70% of Americans...

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Guilty Until Proven Innocent: How Misinformation is Influencing College’s Sexual Assault Policies

By Alex Rued, TheCollegeConservative, January 12, 2012     150,000 women die each year from anorexia nervosa. The jarring statistic is essential to The Beauty Myth, an international best-seller written by feminist spokeswoman Naomi Wolf. Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, linked the figure to a newsletter citing an estimated 150,000 sufferers (not fatalities) of anorexia.[1] Wolf assured Hoff Sommers that her next book would correct the mistake, but the datum and its implications had already been smuggled into college textbooks and individual minds worldwide. Did Naomi Wolf, a graduate of Yale University and Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, really believe it likely that three times more women die from anorexia each year than the total number of Americans who die from breast cancer or in car accidents?  I am loath to accuse feminists of intentionally circulating false information, but they have historically armed themselves with humorously inaccurate figures on the gravest of issues. Facts, Figures, and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011 A recent set of feminist-promoted White House statistics has inflated the issue of sexual violence to astronomical proportions and shaped policies regarding sexual assault on college campuses. Kicking off a nationwide campaign on sexual assault awareness, Vice President Joe Biden announced that 20 percent of college females are sexually assaulted, making it 444 times more likely to be raped on a college campus than...

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Women’s Studies: A Safe Haven from Dissension

This month’s Economist debaters evaluated the assertion that women’s proper place is at work. The expert feminist concluded that women do indeed belong in the workplace, as opposed to giving priority to home and family. The feminist’s self-contradictory approach ‘liberates’ women from working in the home, but then constrains them to working in a corporation. This debate exemplifies a larger trend in which prominent modern feminists call for equity against the backdrop of a philosophy that, at its core, denies free will and hinders the pursuit of truth. Inconsistencies in feminist theory could be remedied if the field permitted even the slightest deviation from the Feminist Creed; unfortunately, feminist dogma is likely to go unchallenged. I can personally affirm that no academic discipline is more adept at silencing intellectual diversity than women’s studies. A genuine interest in the radical transformation of classical feminism prompted me to enroll in Intro to Women’s Studies. As a government major, I was accustomed to freely expressing opinions, provided that I supported claims with properly cited statistics and facts. I soon learned that factuality is lost on feminists and that my opinions would be of little use in the course. For my entire life, I had assumed that I was born a woman, and as such my femininity revealed itself in innate preferences and tendencies. Yet, according to the women’s studies department, I’d been duped—big time....

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The Whimsy Organizers’ Dangerous Sway

Some Americans met Newt Gingrich’s recommendation that Occupiers “get a job right after they take a shower” with thunderous applause, while others reacted with indignation. Yet, a majority of Americans probably had little reaction to the comment. According to a November Gallup poll, 59% of Americans still do not know enough about OWS to express an opinion about the movement’s goals. This may be an indictment of poor journalism or an apathetic populace, but it is also most certainly a consequence of OWS’s initially ambiguous mission. The movement was originally just obscure enough to attract a diverse crowd: the ephemeral fight against crony-capitalism had the potential to be any man’s fight. Beginning just months after New York Times columnist Gretchen Morgenson revealed that the government and financial industry’s cozy relationshsip caused the financial crisis, putting an end to corruption had a common appeal. In rewarding personal connections over competitive worth and decreasing incentives for productive behavior, crony-capitalism has been and always will be antithetical to conservative-championed capitalism. That said, the movement’s supporters could have run the gamut from Michele Bachmann to Nancy Pelosi. Unfortunately, the movement’s coherent struggle against cronyism quickly degenerated into quite literally every man or woman’s fight. It became a fight against student loans for some, against the difficulties of single motherhood for others, and, for hip college students who shop at thrift stores and own...

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