Welcome to the #Markeyverse

Welcome to the #Markeyverse

It began with a bang — or rather, a bomber jacket.  On April 12, Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts tweeted a photo of himself decked out in a slick green jacket, Boston Red Sox facemask, and Nike high top sneakers captioned: “If you have to go outside, wear a mask.” The photo went viral, amassing over … Read more

The Narrow Corridor to Liberty: An Interview with Daron Acemoglu

Daron Acemoglu is the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A prolific author renowned for his work in the field of political economy, he co-wrote “Why Nations Fail” (2012) and, more recently, “The Narrow Corridor” (2019) with University of Chicago Professor James A. Robinson. Harvard Political Review: “The … Read more

In Pursuit of a Childlike Ideal

I have always been taught that childhood is not an exemplary state of being. Rather, it is a hurried stage for becoming, a gestation inside of our respect for our elders, who we believe to be wiser because of their experience. College students on the precipice of adulthood especially look to imitate adults. We applaud … Read more

The Age of Big Internet

It takes a lot for “bad cable customer service” to make the news, yet Ryan Block’s infamous 2014 phone call with Comcast managed to do just that. Block, a tech journalist, had made the decision to switch cable providers and just needed the cable company to disconnect his service. As he quickly realized, the representative … Read more

The Ethics of Overcoming a Pandemic: Interview with Danielle Allen

Political theorist Danielle Allen is the James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University and director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, where she leads the center’s on-going COVID-19 Rapid Response Initiative. Widely recognized for her contributions to democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought, Allen is the 2020 recipient … Read more

For the Most Vulnerable, Space is a Scarce Resource in the Age of COVID-19

Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, tissues. These items were the first to be frantically bought out from local supermarkets as the coronavirus started to ravage the nation, leaving empty shelves staring back at unlucky shoppers. However, their absence was temporary. As the pandemic rages on, many are finding that one commodity remains a scarce resource: space.  … Read more