Category Archive: Current Events

A Blueprint for Keeping Public Schools Competitive In Montgomery County

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Editor’s Note: Last month, Joshua Starr ended his tenure as superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). The reason for Starr’s surprising departure from the nationally-recognized district are murky, though astute observers note… Continue reading

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver takes on the ruse of student athletes and college athletics

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I have three favorite days of the year: Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving, and the first Thursday of March Madness. I love college basketball because I love the style of the game, the amazing fan… Continue reading

Barack Obama Reclaims American Exceptionalism

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In the first few months after Barack Obama was elected president, I was often reminded of the wonderful newness of it all. I’d brush my teeth, and all of a sudden my brain… Continue reading

State Formation, Plunder and Ferguson

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The recently released Justice Department report on the Ferguson municipal government is a damning indictment of the systematic racism practiced by police officers, court officials and city administrators. Though some have deemed the… Continue reading

Why are we afraid to talk about Israel?

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As you may know, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Congress yesterday. Some lawmakers came under fire for attending or not attending this speech, which to be honest is merely symbolic. Despite the issues… Continue reading

End Poverty With This One Weird Trick: Why Progressive Millennials Should Embrace the Basic Income

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One of the best episodes of The West Wing is “The Crackpots and These Women,” which introduced “Big Block of Cheese Day” to the American political lexicon. On this day, all of the… Continue reading

Libertarian Perspectives on Basic Income

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Basic Income – or Guaranteed Income, or Minimum Income, or what have you – is a policy that would provide a uniform minimum income to all citizens of a nation.  It is not… Continue reading

Point/Counterpoint: Rand Paul’s Cigarette Tax Gaffe Shows He Has a Tough Road Ahead

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky), who until Jeb Bush’s recent announcement led the pack of 2016 Republican presidential contenders, is known for being the most outspoken Republican on racial issues. Recently, he put a… Continue reading

Point/Counterpoint: Rand Paul, Death, and Taxes

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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has been criticized by progressive commentators over the past weeks for his remarks on the Eric Garner case, who was choked to death by police in New York City… Continue reading