Dressed to Express: Fashion’s Role as a Political Medium

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election and subsequent inauguration as president, unprecedented numbers of his opponents took to the streets of major cities throughout the country in bold displays of resistance. While the actual protests like the Women’s March lasted for only a few hours, their spirits are memorialized, both literally and figuratively, in … Read more

The Changing Face of Hate

The 2016 election put bigotry front and center. The winner, Donald Trump, campaigned with rhetoric that many deemed hateful. After the election, many individuals belonging to minority and marginalized groups reported an increase in hate crimes. Trump’s white supporters also reported experiencing incidents of hate. In the wake of this hate-filled election and its aftermath, … Read more

From the Outside In: Young Americans’ Views on Creating Political Change

Young Americans are looking for new ways to produce change in the Trump era. While traditionally elections may generate hope and optimism about the power of government to bring about change, the actions of the new administration and Congress have yet to satisfy the concerns of young Americans. It is therefore understandable why young Americans … Read more

Political Isolation Among Young Americans

In his 2008 book, The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America is Tearing Us Apart, Bill Bishop describes how Americans have been increasingly sorting themselves into geographic groups based on distinct choices in lifestyle and ideology. He argues that such ‘sorting,’ or self-segregation, contributes to political polarization. According to Bishop, “everyone can choose … Read more

Despite Dissatisfaction, Millennials Hesitant to Engage in Politics

The divisive nature of the 2016 election stirred up heated rhetoric on both sides of the political aisle. Hillary Clinton garnered 55 percent of the youth vote, and her loss devastated many millenials. While the election certainly served to highlight the impact that political engagement can have on the electoral process, results from the Harvard … Read more

When the Left Fight Backs: Lessons from Georgia’s Sixth

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, residents of Georgia’s Sixth District headed to the polls to elect their next representative in Washington D.C. After Tom Price was sworn in as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services in February, the district held a special election to determine his replacement. Enter Jon Ossoff, the only Democrat … Read more

The MOAB Mystery: Why Trump Bombed Afghanistan

  On Thursday, April 13th, the United States dropped a powerful bomb, nicknamed the “mother of all bombs,” on Afghanistan. The Massive Ordinance Air Blast Bomb was dropped at 7:32 PM, with the goal of targeting an ISIS cave and tunnel complex located in the Nangarhar province. This event set a unique precedent, as MOAB … Read more

The Wild West of the Far East: Uyghurs in Xinjiang

On March 30, China’s official news agency, Xinhua, announced a new policy aimed at curbing Muslim extremism in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The new policies appear to be aimed at Xinjiang’s Uyghur minority, whose long history of autonomous rule and a distinct ethnic identity continue to create problems for the largely centralized Chinese government. … Read more

Paddy’s Pub Gets Political

“Who am I supposed to vote for? The Democrat who is going to blast me in the ass? Or the Republican who’s blasting my ass!” Over the course of more than a decade on the air, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has—deservedly—developed a reputation for dedicated crudeness, sweeping political incorrectness and gratuitous nihilism. Sometimes veiled … Read more