Red Looked Good on Paper: The Surprising Failure of Communist Revolution in India

The 20th century featured frequent communist upheavals of established governments, especially in Asia. Through the October Revolution of 1917, the Bolsheviks created the Soviet Union, the world’s first communist nation, from the ashes of the czarist autocracy and the Russian Provisional Government. From Russia, communist fervor spread to China, with Mao’s Communist Party of China … Read more

An Economic Tragedy: America’s Nonworking Men

“The 5 percent figure is one of the biggest hoaxes in modern politics” claimed then-Presidential candidate Donald Trump in August 2016, in reference to the unemployment rate, which at that point was 4.9 percent––down from the 2009 post-recession peak of 10 percent. While President Trump seems to have reversed his position on the veracity of … Read more

How Austin Petersen Can Make Libertarianism Cool Again

In 2016, growing partisanship culminated in a bitter presidential race between two of the least popular candidates in history. Voters are increasingly motivated by the political causes they oppose rather than ones they support. But Americans are tired of choosing between the “lesser of two evils.” The country needs a moderate, likable candidate who can … Read more

The Personality, Politics, and Particulars of a Macron Presidency

Emmanuel Macron’s political career has been an exercise in contrasts. He is a scholar who rose to political prominence through the gilded path of the French elite, but remains a novice to party politics. Despite the historical strength of France’s left and right, he has built his party, En Marche!, into the country’s first notable … Read more

Sovereignty and Trust: Interview with Congressman Raúl Grijalva

Congressman Raúl Grijalva represents Arizona’s 3rd District, which spans most of the Arizona-Mexico border. The district is home to seven Native American reservations, including that of the Tohono O’odham Nation, which has recently made headlines in its protests against the federal government’s proposed border wall. Congressman Grijalva is a ranking member of the House Committee … Read more

Searching for Strategy: America’s Military Under Trump

After eight months in office, President Donald Trump has bombed Syria, called for increased deployment levels to Afghanistan, and threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Before running for president, though, he tweeted against military intervention in Syria, called the war in Afghanistan a “complete waste,” and said he … Read more

Guac Costs Extra

  Over the past two decades, avocados have exploded into American cuisine and culture, taking millennials, hipsters, and health-conscious consumers by storm. The trend includes everything from avocado smoothies to “avolattes,” an Australian invention for those hoping to unite their love for coffee with their passion for hollowed out avocado shells. While Mexican restaurants have … Read more

A Step Forward for Harambe

Everyone remembers exactly where they were when they heard the news. For me, it was Derby City Field, Louisville, Kentucky, 4 p.m. I was on crutches, watching my friends get ready for baseball practice the week of the regional championship. May 28, 2016, is a day that will forever live in infamy. On that fateful … Read more