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…

Democracy in Peril: A Conversation with National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke

Charles C.W. Cooke sat down with editor-in-chief Matthew J. Santucci to discuss the Brexit vote, the Trump phenomenon, and the role of the federal government after his talk at Fordham University. Charles is the editor of National Review online, author of “The Conservatarian Manifesto” and frequent guest on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher”.  Thank you for taking time to meet with me tonight. Being English, I wanted to start off by gaining your perspective on the Brexit vote. What are the parallels that one can draw between that vote (that movement) and Trump’s “silent majority”?…

The Racial Paradigm: Ostensible Egalitarianism in France

Incoming editor-in-chief Matthew Santucci sat down with Dr. Pap Ndiaye after his talk on French Republicanism and blackness in France. Dr. Ndiaye is considered to be one of the pioneers of ‘Black Studies’ in France and founded the Circle of Action for the Promotion of Diversity in France (CAPDIV) with Patrick Lozehe. He is also a professor at Institut d’études politiques de Paris and has authored numerous books and articles. Let me start off by thanking you very much for taking the time to sit down with me today – it’s an…

The Voice of the 99%: Reflections on the politics, culture, and legacy of Occupy Wall Street

Marisa Holmes sat down with FPR editor Matthew J. Santucci after the screening of her film All Day, All Week at Fordham University to discuss the inception of Occupy Wall Street, its impact on progressive policy, and the sate of American politics in 2016. First and foremost, I want to thank you for coming here today and for showing us your film. I want to start off by talking about your childhood: what was the political activity in your house like; where was it that you first got involved with…

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…