The President’s Generals

The Trump administration is likely to feature the largest number of retired generals in modern history. Retired four-star generals James Mattis and John Kelly have been selected to lead the Defense and Homeland Security Departments, respectively, while retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn has been appointed to serve as National Security Adviser. Several academics, commentators, and … Read more

Tackling the Term: What is a Safe Space?

This past fall, the University of Chicago welcomed incoming freshman to campus with an unambiguous message on safe spaces. “Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called trigger warnings, we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe … Read more

Let America Hope Again

On January 20, I went to Washington, D.C looking for hope. President Donald Trump has inherited a divided nation, and one that is largely against him. America’s split was obvious on inauguration weekend—the presidential festivities were marred by protests and upstaged by the Women’s March a day later. Reconciling this divide is frustrating work when … Read more

Globalization and Technology Cannot Be Trumped

“For every two steps forward, it often feels we take one step back.” With this quote, President Obama’s farewell address highlighted the potential challenges that could roll back the economic progress of the last eight years. Marked by a tone of cautious optimism, his speech both acknowledged the economic progress we’ve made and offered a … Read more

A Call to Arms

“Because you did change the world. You did. And that’s why I leave this stage tonight even more optimistic than when we started. Because I know our work has helped so many Americans; it has inspired so many Americans.” With these words, President Obama reminded the American people that they are the ones who wield … Read more

A Fake America: Cultural Fragmentation and Polarization

In his 1796 farewell address, President George Washington cautioned against the “baneful effects of the spirit of party,” warning that hyper-partisanship would lead to “permanent despotism.” This past Tuesday, departing President Barack Obama echoed his predecessor’s words of warning, emphasizing that the founders “knew that democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity—the idea that … Read more

Tough Choices: The Efforts of Five To Fix the MBTA

When asked to say the first word that came to their mind after hearing “MBTA”, people at the Harvard Square T stop supplied “broken”, “old”, and one woman said “very very late … like late-all-the-time-late.” Citizen’s feelings are justified; the system has been deteriorating for years. David Luberoff, Lecturer on Sociology and the Senior Associate … Read more