How to Craft a More Perfect Union

In Federalist 1, Alexander Hamilton explains that the “vigor of government is essential to the security of liberty.” That phrase leaves open the question, what do we define as “vigor of government?” Since the nation’s founding, Americans have combined individual self-interest with the common good to establish an energetic and thriving government. For almost 250 … Read more

Is Impeachment Anti-Democratic?

In the months, weeks, and days leading up to the impeachment of President Donald Trump, he and his supporters have claimed for their defense a central pillar of American government: democracy. Impeaching Trump is wrong, they argue, because it is anti-democratic.  Take, for instance, the impassioned letter Trump sent to Speaker of the House Nancy … Read more

The Remnants of Federalism

Just a two-hour drive and a ferry ride away from Harvard Square is Martha’s Vineyard, a bustling vacation island for prominent politicians, businesspeople, and celebrities. Summer residents find a different pace of life, exchanging hectic ports for picturesque bike paths and glass high-rises for charming beach houses. However, among its peculiar distinctions comes another trade-off: … Read more

Fighting for Space

Women fighting for space in male-dominated areas, like these members of Congress, face countless burdens but play a key role in the struggle for equal rights. Seeing Kamala Harris, Kirstin Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, and Marianne Williamson all vying  — with different platforms — to be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States; … Read more

Piracy Prevails

While consumers once championed streaming services as the answer to cable woes, streaming services now risk the same fate as cable by offering consumers too many exclusive services at costly prices. With the increasing proliferation of streaming platforms, piracy is returning to the forefront of media streaming. The Streaming Revolution At first, watchers welcomed the … Read more

A Crisis of the Court

“Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever.” These words from William Howard Taft — the only person to have served as both president of the United States and chief justice of the Supreme Court — reflect a faith in the sanctity in the Supreme Court that today is under attack. With … Read more

Birthday Cakes, Not Wedding Cakes

Picture this: You have finally worked up the courage to tell your parents that you are gay. Today is the day and despite all the homophobic side comments and dodged questions about dating, you are finally going to do it. You are shaking, tears well up in your eyes, and your throat starts to close … Read more

The Divide Up North

Cutthroat politics, government scandals, and attack ads dominating the airwaves. These problems are not unique to the United Kingdom facing Brexit, or the United States with its current partisan split. Indeed, these characteristics are beginning to plague a nation that few would expect: Canada. On the international stage, Canada has developed a reputation for moderate … Read more

Familiar Scenes on the Final Frontier

“Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission … to boldly go where no one has gone before.” Star Trek’s opening words have a dual meaning: while the Enterprise explores new planets, Star Trek as an overall show explored new plot lines, tackling pressing social and political issues … Read more