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Palantir is welcome here

(12/11/19 12:23pm)

Last week, the Duke Student Government Senate passed a resolution that urged Duke to terminate its “partnerships” with Palantir Technologies with the immediate aim of stopping the firm’s recruitment efforts on campus. This action by the DSG Senate - while perhaps emotionally satisfying for many of its members - is short-sighted, blatantly partisan in nature, largely uninformed by fact, and unnecessarily paternalistic when it comes to dictating the employment opportunities of Duke students.

The case for Biden

(09/18/19 4:00am)

Our campus is abuzz with political discussions that will only become more important  as the Democratic primary continues and the general presidential election of 2020 nears. President Trump’s defects and malign activities, while not the focus of this piece and too numerous in quantity to list here, have made him a weak incumbent, vulnerable to defeat. However, the president’s electoral odds are being strengthened by the Democratic party’s hard-left turn and embrace of candidates such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Confined to the Duke bubble or progressive Twitter, one could not be faulted for perceiving that there is widespread support for hard-left policies and that a campaign centered on these policies can capture strong voting majorities.

Radical 'Randys'

(09/04/19 4:00am)

The political discord at Duke and in America’s body politic more broadly is plagued by Radical ‘Randys’. These political extremists dominate the conversation both on campus and on the airwaves of cable TV, whether it be Fox News or MSNBC, as they appeal to only their own tribe of ideological followers who share their respective world views. These radicals have little to no interest in cooperating with their opponents on the other side of the aisle, much less arguments and facts that run contrary to their own.

In defense of Justice Kavanaugh

(10/11/18 4:00am)

The confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh marked a new low point in modern American politics. The fault for this can be found on both sides of the aisle, however, it is Kavanaugh’s opponents on the left, with their sanctimonious halo-polishing, who should be particularly ashamed of themselves. They deserve such criticism because they abandoned fundamental principles of fairness  that underpin the American Republic. Those principles indicated Kavanaugh deserved to be on the Supreme Court given the known facts.