The United States was not the first country to fight for independence, and it certainly will not be the last. It did not provide the world with the great gift of democracy; we have the ancient Greeks to thank for that. And due to centuries of imperialism, it is not the first global superpower. So what is it about America that makes so many people regard it as exceptional?
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Survey of Research and Development Expenditures at Universities and Colleges conducts studies on federal funding committed to research for different branches of science. The data shows that not only do the psychological and social sciences receive the least amount of funding, but also that the overall amount has dropped in the past decade.
Seven months into the already infamous Trump presidency, liberals have found themselves searching for a unifying message.
People often say sports are like life. They teach you how to get up when you fall. They teach you to work with others. They teach you how to be a gracious winner and loser. They teach you to work hard for your goals and to never quit.
Unfortunately, sports do not teach us about racial equality.
The guerilla tactics of the Afghan Mujahideen in the 70s are simply no match for the complex online financing and international recruitment operations used by ISIS today. While new groups are constantly improving their combat and outreach strategies, older groups that haven’t adapted as readily are quick to fade into obscurity. The result is a world where terrorist groups are stronger, more sophisticated, and more threatening than ever before.
The American people’s continued adherence to mendacious structures and policies that promote the suffering of citizens is duplicitous to the very rights this country esteems ...It is grossly hypocritical for a society that stands by the words “Give me liberty or give me death” to deny an individual's liberty to choose death.
Public perception of Indigenous people is regulated to aid the American cultural narrative. The result is a strategically fashioned idea of the United States as existing in an untainted present state. This produces a notion of endless growth and opportunity, leaving behind stories of past genocide that nonetheless continue to burden Indigenous groups.
As it stands, the outlook is grim. Humanity has collectively passed the point of no return in its emissions and wanton pollution of the environment. With this in mind, the time has come to shift from half-hearted preventive measures to a full-scale preparation for a warmer planet.
The Hollywood Industrial Complex produces deceptive cultural products that glorify war and lure the American public into supporting their government’s imperialist agenda. Films funded by the DOD not only anesthetize violence, but create a narrative that justifies it through plot lines, characters, and scenes that alienate American “enemies” and offer single-sided reasoning for military presence abroad
The institutions of modern democracy restricted political representation through electoral laws, campaign laws, party politics and behind-the-scenes politicizing, producing a distinct political class. It seems, however, that the present situation is seeing yet another paradigm shift in politics.
Recent revelations of pervasive surveillance, sharp rises in cyberattacks, and non-disclosure of vulnerabilities in consumer products render former policy insufficient. They also compel us to question what steps to take towards a better internet – one that is secure, sensitive to privacy, and accessible to all.
[women vote for the first time in 1963]
The Iranian Revolution of 1979 defies reductive categorization. Third Worldist, Islamic Marxist and radical Shi’i ideologies converged and proliferated throughout Iranian society during the movement to end the autocracy of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi. These factions developed and disseminated radical political ideas reflecting socio-economic and cultural grievances that emphasized themes of anti-Americanism in visual media.
My Facebook newsfeed was ablaze as I scrolled through countless posts ending in #Ferguson, #BlackLivesMatter, and #HandsUpDontShoot. Moments earlier, a Missouri court had ruled not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed young black man. Friends of mine had swiftly taken to the internet to voice their outrage, disgust, and demands for action. Within minutes of the decision, millions of similar posts had already surged across the Internet -- but the public outcry didn’t stop there.
The Gettysburg Address is not laced with expletives. When Abraham Lincoln delivered the speech on the eve of the namesake battle over one hundred years ago, he didn’t sprinkle in a few forbidden words for added emphasis. Instead, the lasting power of the speech lies in its precision, powerful brevity, and seamless eloquence.
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."
[Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator]
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 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.
Zuccotti Park was originally called Liberty Plaza Park. That’s an appropriate anecdote to begin this article for several reasons.
Once, while shopping in Barneys on Fifth Avenue (that mainstay of upper-class consumerism), I stumbled upon a shirt whose twirling letters spelled out: “La Commune de Paris 1871”.
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.
This paper seeks to explore causes of Iranian mistrust towards the United States after the 1979 Iranian Revolution, focusing on the events between 1980 and 1988—the time of the Iran-Iraq War (5). Although anti-American sentiment predates the 1980s, this paper will focus on the events concerning Iran and the United States from the beginning of the Islamic Republic up until the end of the Iran-Iraq War.
An an institution, the Supreme Court is fundamentally undemocratic.
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.
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 avian influenza (AI) virus—a type A influenza adapted to an avian host— is a pathogen most noted for its debilitating effect on the global poultry industry.
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.
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.