Democrats, Embrace Morality

For many Democrats, election night marked the execution of Order 66. And no, Order 66 is not a referendum on California’s ballot. It was a command given to the clone troopers by Chancellor Palpatine to kill the Jedi, effectively sealing the fate of the Republic and beginning the transition into the malevolent Empire in the Star Wars universe. That scene from “Revenge of the Sith” is significant for depicting how virtually half the country felt on Nov. 8th — ambushed. Polls, statistics, and models were wrong — even Nate Silver…

America’s Collective Action Problem

Globalization has given us the potential to live more productive, prosperous, and socially connected lives — or has it? * * * The breakdown of Washington’s establishment has presented itself as a major theme this election cycle, weaving through the populist rhetoric espoused on the campaign trail by Democratic and Republican candidates alike. These candidates, specifically Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders, have successfully tapped into an anger in the collective psyche of the American public — an anger directed towards political dysfunction on Capitol Hill, the spin of news…

Grexit: An Odyssey

Many articles on Greece often link the Hellenic Republic’s economy to a “Greek Tragedy.” And much like a chorus, the pundits and journalists explain how worse the current situation is getting every step of the way. But if we are going to use this analogy for a nice headline, we must consider some other ramifications as well. If Greece’s economy were a tragedy, the end would mean the death of Europe’s monetary union; the tragic flaw that led to this outcome: hubris. Greek Hubris The Greeks sweltered this past summer…

Defaulting on Terror

While Osama bin Laden may be dead, the legacy of violent Islamism continues to flourish in almost every society—from small tribes in Northern Africa to powerful countries in Europe. In spite of this, Louis Klaveras of The New Republic put forth in 2011 that “With the death of Osama bin Laden, this demise [of terrorism] will continue—and perhaps be expedited.” In like manner, Peter Breinart of The Daily Beast wrote: “The war on terror is over; Al Qaeda lost.” This type of rhetoric was not uncommon for writers and policy…