Fear Itself: Why Donald Trump’s “America First” Mantra is a Euphemism for “America Only”

Standing in front of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump declared, “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America first.” Commensurate with his campaign rhetoric, this proclamation was followed by a description of the actors who have eroded American power under his predecessors’ rule: foreigners, the establishment, other nations, and a globalized economy. The Trump Administration’s guiding principle of “America first” is problematic for two reasons: it will not lead to the desired effect…

Making America Break Again: Islamophobia and Democracy

In his 1933 inauguration address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt set the foundation for American resiliency when he said: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” Admittedly, the 1930s were an era of heightened racial tensions, racial targeting, and severe violence, and in the time between FDR and Barack Obama’s current terms, our nation has taken great strides in securing internal inclusiveness and justice through the promotion of civil rights and American freedoms. Yet,…

The Minimum Wage Debate: Where to Go From Here

The current debate surrounding the minimum wage in the United States is characterized in part by disagreement about its original purpose. Those who support raising the minimum wage (usually to somewhere between $10 and $15 per hour) claim that it should provide workers with a reasonable standard of living. According to many opponents of such legislation, however, the minimum wage is meant to be a starting point for those with little job experience — a point from which workers can grow the value of their labor — and as such…