This is what oligarchy looks like

“This is what oligarchy looks like: Today, the top one-tenth of 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. The top one-hundredth of 1 percent makes more than 40 percent of all campaign contributions. The billionaire class owns the political system and reaps the benefits from it.”                                                                         – Sen. Bernie…

Un-American and Unclear: What Exactly Does it Mean to be Un-American?

It has been used on late night talk-shows. It has been used in newspapers. It has been used at political rallies. It has been used in Congress. It has been used on numerous occasions throughout American history but perhaps never fully understood. The mid-twentieth century lays claim to the height of word’s popularity, but “un-American” seems to have found a resurgence in American political discourse in recent months. We are apparently experiencing a very un-American moment in history—whatever that means. The 2016 presidential campaign appears to be responsible for the…

The Power of Social Media in the 2016 Election

Early on in the race, it became clear that the buzz a candidate was generating on social media would be an important factor in their success. More people than ever use sites and apps such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr to learn about the issues and engage in political discourse. Although the Internet and social networking have been growing in importance in the twenty-first century, this is the first election where new media is overtaking traditional forms. With any candidate instantly able to reach millions online, party outsider candidates with…

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…

Reflections on Race, Education, and Economic Equality: A Conversation with Dr. Cornel West

Dr. Cornel West, professor emeritus of Princeton University and author of over 30 books, is one of the most prolific political activists in the African American community today. An advocate for social justice, the labor movement, and bridging the achievement gap, he is an outspoken advocate for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Dr. West sat down with junior editor Matthew J. Santucci after giving a talk at Fordham University with Adolph Reed Jr. about the state of higher education, race relations, and the 2016 presidential election. So first I would…

Are Superdelegates Super Bad?

Both the Republican and Democratic Parties are dealing with a voting base divided between establishment and anti-establishment supporters. The Democrats’ problems, though, are more systematic. Specifically, their superdelegate system is seen as a threat to Bernie Sanders’s supporters. In turn, Hillary Clinton’s supporters face the threat that if their candidate is the nominee, the Sanders supporters won’t vote for her, handing the election over to the Republican nominee. If this set up is causing such a problem for the party, should the Democrats just do away with the superdelegate system?…

Can Bernie Sanders replicate Danish Culture Too?

On any given day, you can find squatters, permanent and temporary, among the old buildings of Christiania, an “autonomous neighborhood” near central Copenhagen. News in Copenhagen regularly features friction between the neighborhood of Christiania and city officials, but the history of squatters settling in is usually a major ire for the Copenhagen municipality. How does Christiania, a self-identified free state with its own flag, governing body, even its own set of rules relate to the rest of Denmark? Understanding the relationship is key to understanding the fascinating culture of the…