This Week:

Oct 20, 2014



Democratic Candidates See Obama’s Support as a Liability Data released this week from the RAND American Life Panel, which continuously surveys thousands of Americans, has revealed that people who voted for President Obama in 2012 are now less likely to vote for a Democratic candidate—or vote at all—in November’s midterm elections. Only 79 percent of [...]

American Exceptionalism: Not Endowed, but Earned


The College Board has altered the curriculum of the United States History exam in a way that has angered conservatives. Opponents of the change say that the new curriculum discourages patriotism by painting portions of our nation’s history in a negative light. Some of these opponents sit on the school board in Jefferson County, Colorado, [...]

Interview With Hong Kong Student Protester Jonathan Lau


Jonathan Lau is a student at City University Hong Kong, where he studies linguistics. He has been an active participant in the Occupy Central movement since its inception last March, attending protests and helping to ensure student demonstrators receive legal representation. Explain some of the events that led to the protests as they stand. At [...]

Libertarianism and the Political Right


Libertarians argue that their commitment to maximum liberty and minimal government distinguishes them from mainstream conservative thought. With their personal support for legalized substances, gay marriage, and deregulation, they seem to have a point. Despite these seemingly appealing attributes, libertarianism has ties to parts of the right that most of its adherents are either unaware [...]

Lima: A Test in Political Stability and Development


On October 5, millions of people in Lima made their way to the polls to elect a mayor. News of the election, however, did not make headlines outside of Peru, even though its results are likely to have a profound effect on the city’s development. Lima is home to almost a third of Peru’s thirty [...]