In today’s day and age, it is difficult to comprehend the notion that a single image can both capture and transcend a moment. In our daily lives, the vast majority of us are exposed to hundreds of photos on a weekly basis due to apps such as Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook. There is hardly an occasion in which we solely reflect on a distinct picture but this memorial day should be such an occasion. 71 years ago, Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal took a photograph of five Marines and one Navy medical corpsman raising an American flag atop the peak of...Read More
Author: Jake Goldberg
In America today, the war on free speech and unfettered expression is being conducted by two forces. Most public censorship occurs as a result of the politically correct culture we currently live in; now, thanks to legal guidance from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s New York City Commission on Human Rights, such silencing is codified into city laws. To be clear, there is a distinct difference between common courtesy and political correctness. The former is a set of behaviors that are internally applied to one’s actions to avoid unnecessary conflicts and willingly employ respect; the latter is an ideology that requires people’s...Read More
The controversy surrounding North Carolina’s House Bill 2 has moved out of the bathroom and into the court room. Last Monday, the Obama administration’s Justice Department filed a federal civil rights lawsuit over the state’s “bathroom bill,” after North Carolina state officials had already sued the federal government over regulators seeking to stop the implementation of their legislation. Attorney General Loretta Lynch likened North Carolina’s bill to Jim Crow laws that discriminated against black Americans: “It was not so very long ago that states, including North Carolina, had signs above restrooms, water fountains and on public accommodations keeping people out based upon a distinction without...Read More
Several weeks ago, Stanford University’s student government voted down an initiative that would require all Stanford freshmen to complete a two-quarter Western civilization course covering “the politics, history, philosophy, and culture of the Western world.” Voted down is, in reality, an understatement: only 14.65% of voters approved of the measure, with the final tally being 342 votes in favor and 1,992 against. Stanford’s student government soundly exercised its right to determine its curriculum. Nevertheless, the call to protect Western civilization courses is both needed and worthy. Western civilization courses flourished on university campuses between WWI and the protests of the 1960s. With much...Read More
Much like the immigration problem plaguing Germany, Sweden’s native citizens are suffering from the massive influx of immigrants entering into the country. Sweden’s population is just under 10 million people, yet in 2015 alone the country welcomed in 163,000 immigrants. Even after Sweden bolstered its border security in January, such measures included requiring those entering to have proper forms of identification and paperwork, the nation still faces the problem of mitigating the issues posed by certain immigrants already residing in the country. Due to the massive influx of those coming into Sweden, overcrowded asylum centers became breeding grounds for violence. On January 26, Alexandra Mezher,...Read More
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