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Mother Nature’s sons

(10/24/17 3:36pm)

The link between various anxieties of a myriad of types and the electoral victory of Donald Trump in 2016 must be undisputed. The entirety of the 21st century since September 11, 2001 has been marked by a growing pile of worries among people of the globe, ending the façade in the West regarding the fall of the Soviet empire as the end of history. If we view the 20th century as the last of the modern age, then our current millennium lives in a post-modern age dominated by fears of war, starvation, technological disasters and nuclear proliferation.


A blessed harvest

(09/26/17 4:58am)

One of the most remarkable and terrible scenes of Hurricane Katrina ravaging New Orleans in 2005 was the Superdome, the indoor football stadium and home of the New Orleans Saints which became makeshift-public housing for tens of thousands of men, women, and children. Although the conditions were often extremely unsanitary and uncomfortable, it was the only possible options for those whose homes were destroyed by the storm.


The West has failed North Koreans

(09/14/17 5:10am)

The late Christopher Hitchens, one of the greatest anti-totalitarian thinkers of the late 20th century, had an interesting anecdote he often used when discussing the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), commonly known as North Korea. Hitchens remarked how North Korea’s first dictator, Kim Il-Sung, the grandfather of the current ruler Kim Jong-un, seized power the same year in which George Orwell published 1984. He half-sarcastically remarks that it seems that Kim Il-Sung modeled the totalitarian society found in the book into his communist state. Maybe, as Hitchens jests, Il-Sung turned to one of his close associates and said, “Let’s see if we can make it work.”


The price of freedom

(08/29/17 5:42am)

The University of California, Berkeley, has undergone some visible changes since its foundation to the present. One of the most startling differences seems to be how the notion of free speech has evolved across the campus. In the 1960s, UC Berkeley was the epicenter of student counterculture, as well as opposition to the war in Vietnam. During the middle of the decade, the free speech movement was in full throttle, with students protesting the university’s ban of student-led political activities. In one of the most influential pieces of American rhetoric of the 20th century, 24-year-old Mario Savio called for a student revolution against the establishment of the university and of the country, saying, “And you’ve got to put your bodies on the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus—and you’ve got to make it stop!” From this cry, the counterculture of the 1960s was born.