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'The Politics of Lies': Rhetoric and the Post-Truth Age

'The Politics of Lies': Rhetoric and the Post-Truth Age

In the opening of Eugene O'Neill's play The Iceman Cometh, two fishermen drunkenly discuss the value of the truth. "To hell with the truth!" one of them exclaims, "It's irrelevant and immaterial, as the lawyers say. The lie of a pipe dream is what gives life to the whole misbegotten mad lot of us, drunk or sober."

Satirizing a Spectacle

Satirizing a Spectacle

During the 2016 presidential election, people turned to satirical news television shows for coverage of the latest dramatic events impacting the campaign. Satire has long been revered as a powerful form of media with the ability to use humor to reveal imperfections and an underlying truth. However, as James Poniewozik observes in his article “Donald Trump is a Conundrum for Political Comedy” in The New York Times, Donald Trump’s larger than life public persona, cultivated by his preexisting celebrity and coaching for reality television has rendered him unspoofable

The Linguistic Dehumanization of the Immigrant in America

The Linguistic Dehumanization of the Immigrant in America

The history of immigration in the United States is long and storied. Like most stories, it is best told with words. But the words used to describe immigrants in America are not what one would expect from a nation founded on, built by, and dependent on immigration. In fact, the language used can be thoroughly degrading to the point of dehumanization.

Debate Debrief: SHOULD THE UNITED STATES END THE WAR ON TERROR?

In a heated debate on whether the U.S.A should end the War on Terror, the proposition took the lead with a 8-7 vote and 2 abstentions in their favor. The opposition debaters Akash Lodh and Hamza Mazhar argued that the U.S.A can't end the War on Terror due to the losses because this would create a vacuum in the process of addressing terror today.  Professor James Traub and Thomas Resnick laid out some compelling arguments that the U.S.A still has the means to end the war on terror. They argued that the U.S.A should pursue this course of action due to the prolonged and unnecessary damage it has caused to innocent people. 

To find out more click here and view footage of the debate! 

Welcome to the Surveillance State: The Land of Ineffective Technology

Welcome to the Surveillance State: The Land of Ineffective Technology

In the name of national security, the United States federal government has continued to magnify its long history of spying on average citizens post 9-11.

Paved with Differing Intentions: The Origins of Iranian Mistrust of the United States, 1980-1988

Paved with Differing Intentions: The Origins of Iranian Mistrust of the United States, 1980-1988

In March 2014, surveillance pictures were taken in the Islamic Republic of Iran showing a non-working replica of a US Navy aircraft carrier being built by Iranians, which prompted statements of suspicion from American officials.

Conscription in the United States

Conscription in the United States

In the United States, upon turning eighteen, every male citizen and immigrant non­citizen must register for the draft, called the Selective Service System. One can technically refrain from doing so, but the ramifications are enormous: up to five years in jail or a $50,000 fine as well as exclusion from most federal services, including FAFSA for us college students.

The Duality of Medicine: The Willowbrook State School Experiments

The Duality of Medicine: The Willowbrook State School Experiments

The Krugman case is thus complex, full of ethical questions essential to the practice of productive and reputable research. Critics have hotly debated Krugman’s claims that he acted ethically, and logical arguments can be made for both sides. Nevertheless, what is clear is that Krugman’s research and its criticisms clearly show the duality of medicine: the conflict between maximizing benefit to an individual patient versus maximizing the benefit to society.

Blood of the Poppy: The Cold War and the Birth of the Afghan Narco State

Blood of the Poppy: The Cold War and the Birth of the Afghan Narco State

Opium production has filled the coffers of brutal warlords vying for power from the 1980s to the present, spanning the Cold War and the U.S. invasion in 2001. It financed the C.I.A.-sponsored mujahideen in their battle against the Soviet Union in the 1980s and only skyrocketed from there, being used today by both the Taliban and even the Afghan government (informally) as a bountiful cash crop.

The Disneyland Outbreak: An Analysis of California’s Vaccination Laws and Subsequent Legislation

The Disneyland Outbreak: An Analysis of California’s Vaccination Laws and Subsequent Legislation

Theme parks like Disneyland in California are famous for being every child’s dream – yet this past holiday, the park was nothing short of a nightmare. Instead of spending time with family, many children ended up in the hospital, diagnosed with the once-U.S.-eradicated measles. 

Planned Parenthood and the Reality of Domestic Terrorism

Planned Parenthood and the Reality of Domestic Terrorism

On October 21st, a juvenile man was arrested for the premeditated attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Hampshire. According to the Associated Press, “an intruder used a hatchet to destroy computers, plumbing fixtures, phones and medical equipment” (AP, 2015). This attack is by no means isolated. This has been the fifth attack on Planned Parenthood clinics since July.

Debate Debrief: Was the 2003 U.S. Invasion of Iraq America's Greatest Strategic Blunder?

Debate Debrief: Was the 2003 U.S. Invasion of Iraq America's Greatest Strategic Blunder?

The Review at NYU's Editorial Board discusses the motion for this Tuesday's (11/10) debate with Professor David Denoon on whether the 2003 invasion of Iraq was America's greatest strategic blunder. 

OP-ED: It Is Difficult to Admit, But The Black Lives Matter Movement Is Currently Misguided

OP-ED: It Is Difficult to Admit, But The Black Lives Matter Movement Is Currently Misguided

But upon further investigation the reality became fairly clear: nobody really knows if it is the case that black people are fatally shot by police on a higher proportion than any other group. Attorney General Eric Holder doesn’t know, FBI Director James Comey doesn’t know and ACLU director Ezekiel Edwards also doesn’t know. Nobody knows and the reason is simple: the government does not yet keep data about the people killed by police while on duty.