Author: Jake Goldberg

Defending Western Civilization Courses

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...

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Sweden’s Immigration Problem

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,...

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Georgia’s Religious Freedom Act

On March 16, Georgia’s legislature passed House Bill (HB) 757 to Governor Deal’s desk; since that time, there has been massive public outcry. Entertainment and media companies have publicly voiced their opposition to the bill; Marvel and Disney have threatened to boycott the state; and even the NFL, in conjunction with other professional sports authorities in the state itself, has threatened to deprive Georgia of business if the bill were to be signed into law. Essentially, a vast quantity of businesses are asserting their right to take their business elsewhere due to ideological differences with those for whom they provide their...

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Supreme Court Preview: Zubik v. Burwell

On March 23, the Supreme Court heard arguments for the case Zubik v. Burwell. This case marks the fourth challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and it is a consolidation of seven lawsuits brought against Sylvia Burwell, President Obama’s secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). Zubik draws one chief question before the Court: does the ACA violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) by compelling religiously objecting non-profit organizations to violate their beliefs in compliance with its contraceptive mandate? Passed in the House and Senate with over 97% support, the RFRA prohibits any federal or state government actor from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion. In accordance with...

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March Madness: Yale University

March Madness has arrived, and what should have been a Cinderella story for Yale’s men’s basketball team has instead been dismantled by a different, grim fairy tale. Several weeks prior to the March tournament, the senior captain of the team, Jack Montague, was expelled from the university after a Yale disciplinary panel found him guilty of having non-consensual sex with a female student. While many of the case’s facts are unknown, Yale University’s tyrannical disciplinary procedures, however, are very well known.  Based on the facts of the case that are publicly available, nobody should feel comfortable with Yale’s handling of this event. The undisputed facts...

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