Into Africa: Germany’s Proposed Marshall Plan

  On June 5, 1947, United States Secretary of State George Marshall delivered the commencement address to the graduating class of Harvard University. From the steps of Memorial Church, Marshall laid out a vision where America would “assist in the return of normal economic health to the world, without which there can be no political … Read more

The Divest Blockade (3/29)

Beginning at 6:00 AM on March 29th, members of Divest Harvard and alumni blockaded the doors of University Hall in opposition to the university’s willingness to invest in the coal industry and to demand a meeting to discuss divestment from nonrenewable energy in general. Many equipped with books and laptops to study, students sat in twos and threes … Read more

Bannon, Darwin, and the Abuse of Science

“We are in an outright war against jihadist Islamic fascism,” Steve Bannon said in 2014, “and this war is, I think, metastasizing far quicker than governments can handle it.” Bannon made these remarks at a Vatican conference, where he argued “Islamic fascism” is in a civilizational struggle against the “Judeo-Christian West.” This belief did not … Read more

Re-Capturing the American Dream: How to Restore Middle Class America

For most middle class Americans, the dream of a stable, well-paying job is a fiction of a past long-departed. With the arrival of the modern system of flexible labor, working class America has waved goodbye to the economic prosperity championed by its forefathers—and begrudgingly welcomed an economy marked by stagnant income levels, dismal prospects of … Read more

Lessons from Inspector Clouseau: What America’s Police Can Learn from Europe

For an impressive 235 years, the Icelandic Police Force never killed a single citizen. That all changed on December 2, 2013, when Iceland’s law enforcement agency shot a crazed, unstable gunman. Shortly after the suspect was pronounced dead in his Reykjavik apartment, Icelandic police chief Haraldur Johannessen told reporters that the “police [regretted] the incident…and … Read more

Language and Activism: Interview with Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat is a writer known for her short stories and novels. Her most notable works include Breath, Eyes, Memory; The Farming of Bones; and Brother, I’m Dying. She has received the MacArthur Fellowship and the American Book Award, among other accolades. Harvard Political Review: In your recent New Yorker article, “Poetry in a Time of Protest,” you denounced … Read more

Inside the Climate Science Witch Hunts

Katharine Hayhoe is a Texan, an evangelical Christian, and a climate scientist. She’s on a mission to convince skeptics, many of whom share her faith, that climate change is not a liberal hoax. “Global Weirding,” a PBS-produced web series that Hayhoe hosts, addresses everything from climate science to the Bible, arguing among other things that … Read more

Moral Messaging: The Case for Sanctuary Campus Status

On December 6, President Faust announced that Harvard would not designate itself a sanctuary campus. The label’s lack of “legal significance,” she argued, renders it toothless. Policies associated with sanctuary campus status vary by university. Self-proclaimed sanctuary institutions characteristically institute policies that support undocumented students. For instance, many refuse to willingly assist federal officials in … Read more

One-for-None: Aid Dependency and the “TOMS Model”

TOMS is a brand popularized for its laceless shoes, and more recently it has released several new models and a pricey line of sunglasses. For every pair of shoes purchased, another pair is donated to women and children in need. For this, TOMS has received ample praise, gaining popularity for its innovative, impact-oriented brand that … Read more