• My Descent into the Abyss of Confusion
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    In the span of a few months, I transformed from an apathetic eighth grader into an impassioned leftist willing to spar with anyone. And in freshman year, as the 2016 election heated up, so did my fervor for politics and my willingness to debate. As I learned more about politics, read more political journalism, and […]

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  • Don’t Tell Me I’m Too Young
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    As youth across the country have united in an effort to push for stronger gun safety legislation, Fox News hosts have taken to the air to lash out at protesters for their age. They claim that movements such as the March for Our Lives are meaningless because they come from adolescents – members of an […]

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  • On Open-mindedness
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    As globalization brought together experiences and values shaped by different cultural contexts, the modern world seems to be characterized by conflicts—between X-ists and antiX-ists, or even among different subcategories of X-ists. Yet most social tensions can be defused, for they have been fueled less by a fundamental contradiction in ideology but more by the lack […]

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  • Private Companies in Space
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    The Falcon Heavy rocket just performed a successful launch and landing of a payload into space.  It contained a Tesla roadster, pictured above, and a dummy astronaut. Elon Musk and his company SpaceX has been successfully launching its Falcon series of rockets since 2010.  You may be thinking to yourself, “eh what a big deal; […]

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  • I Want to Be a (Bitcoin) Billionaire
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    You could be forgiven for thinking you’re the only person who’s not become a self-made “bitcoin billionaire” over the last few months. Everywhere you look, the profits and personal gains earned by those who invested early in this newest “cryptocurrency” have been splashed across newspapers, leading many to speculate on whether Bitcoin, and other online […]

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  • Cape Town’s Uncertain Future
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    It seems like a movie script. A city’s water supply has dried up, creating chaos and  anarchy. But this is no fiction. In Cape Town, citizens are preparing for the worst—the clean water supply running out. And soon. For three years, the Western Cape province has experienced a drought like no other. Meteorologists have called […]

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  • Who Can Be Sexist?
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    Can women be sexist? Throw this question out there whenever you crave an intense argument. The discussion always heats up as debaters try to prove their opponents wrong and themselves right. However, the debate is in fact one of definition, for categorizing is pointless until the categories are defined. And because definitions are made up […]

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  • The Connection of China and china
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    Chinese pottery is one of the most world-renowned types of pottery there is. Most people in the world know the word china as the form of ceramics, and China as the country that shares the same name. However, not many people know the connections between the two, which can be traced all the way back […]

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  • What to Do with Confederate Monuments
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    Despite the meteoric rise of clickbait fake news, the majority of “alternative facts” don’t come from shady fake news websites. Rather, they come from our distorted perception of American history. I only had to read one chapter of Dr. James Loewen’s Lies My Teacher Told Me, a book that sheds light on the dishonesty of […]

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