Social Media Mental Health Crisis: Its Potential Politicization

Social media have political utility; as feeds of information and news, as instruments for connectivity and organization, and even as weapons of civil oppression. Between Facebook’s role in disseminating spurious political news during the 2016 election; Turkey’s recent mass arrest of 1,600 dissident social media users; and even Twitter’s facilitation (though only partial) of protest during the Arab Spring, the political dimensions of social media are ever apparent. But what can be said about the recreational users of social media? The people who routinely check their Instagram or Facebook or Snapchat…

The Bane of Democracy: The Average Voter

Alexander Tytler was a historian at the University of Edinburgh, and he is attributed with claiming in 1787 that the average lifespan of a democracy is 200 years. He remarked that “a democracy is always temporary in nature, it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government,” and pursuant to his observation of Athens and Rome, he recognized the following cycle, which he posits all democracies follow: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to…

President Trump’s Climate Change Apathy Threatens the Global Community

President Donald Trump isn’t exactly a champion of environmentalism. To this day, he has made no indication, either in word or action, that he supports the goals of environmentalists in any way.  During his campaign, he made great waves by claiming that  climate change was a “hoax” created by the Chineseㅡan unabashed declaration of his disbelief in the scientifically-proven phenomenon. It became clear that Trump was not making idle threats about his opposition to climate change regulation once he assumed office, where he began to put into motion several relevant…

The Cultural Dichotomy: In Defense of Marijuana Legalization

Last week, Paul Ingrassia wrote an article reflecting upon the social impacts associated with the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana. While he did acknowledge that there are numerous economic benefits resulting from legalization, even conceding that the war on drugs was a failure, he portends that cannabis is a threat to public health and safety. We would, however, be remiss to look at this as a debate on the economic, medical, or social benefits of marijuana. His opposition highlights a larger battle in the U.S., a cultural dichotomy between conservatives…

The Future of a Post-ISIS Iraq

This March, the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit was deployed to the Middle East as part of Operation Inherent Resolve in order to assist local ground forces in retaking the city of Raqqa, the capital of ISIS. Over the past two and a half years, U.S. forces (both conventional and special operations) have been deployed to Iraq and other Middle Eastern nations to assist and train local troops. It must be noted that this is the first time American ground forces will be openly involved in ground combat against ISIS. This…

How to Build a Global Alliance in Protectionist Times

Donald Trump’s election capped off a tumultuous 2016 for the globalist ideal. Many foreign policy experts have been sent into a tailspin over what the consequences of a protectionist world would be, especially an isolationist USA. While then candidate Trump promised to roll back America’s global role, his presidency is saying something different thus far. With the exception of the TPP withdrawal, the Trump administration has made several reassurances to alliances worldwide, Japan and NATO being two that stick out. This peculiar policy mix of denying globalist motives while embracing…

The Case Against Legalizing Marijuana

A general trend within recent years has been that around this time a new poll comes out suggesting more Americans than ever to be in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use. This year was no different: according to a recent CBS poll, sixty-one percent of the public now believes cannabis should be legalized, up by five percentage points from last year. In addition, nearly 9 out of 10 Americans feel medicinal marijuana should be made legal, with higher reported figures among younger generations. These changing attitudes have brought about…

A Message to Congress: Repeal Obamacare, Then Get Out of the Way

The drama and tension surrounding the future of healthcare in the United States gives House of Cards a run for its money. To say that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, nicknamed Obamacare) is falling apart would be a great understatement. Like many issues facing our country, the disaster that is the ACA is a clear example of misguided government intervention. The solution to the healthcare fiasco is not a single-payer system nor is it “Obamacare Lite,” also known as the American Health Care Act. While some point out that the…