The Tragedy of the Outrage Machine

James Gallagher Editor-in-Chief If memory serves me correctly, the term “outrage machine” was coined by some combination of Conservative radio hosts and GOP also-rans in the 2016 election cycle. While, as a member of last year’s losing team, I don’t necessarily agree with much of anything that comes from such paragons of integrity as Sean Hannity and Lindsey Graham, they may all have been onto something. However, they placed a limit on this concept by referring to it as a “liberal outrage machine,” catering to a base eager to snuff out snowflakes. A closer look reveals that this phenomenon is … Continue reading The Tragedy of the Outrage Machine

Take a Knee, Mr. President

Carly Priest Opinions Editor “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired. He’s fired!”[1] Originally published in Life magazine, contemporary memory holds the picture of Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the 1968 Olympics medal podium as one the most influential images of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.[2] As “The Star-Spangled Banner” played behind them, Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood, heads bowed, each with a fist raised with, as Time magazine notes, an unequivocal message: “Before we salute America, America must treat blacks as equal.”[3]  Smith and Carlos paid dearly for their activism: The … Continue reading Take a Knee, Mr. President

Universal Basic Income: A viable welfare replacement?

Spencer Caron Opinions Editor Universal basic income has gained traction in recent years.  Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and other extremely wealthy entrepreneurs are concerned that the rapid influx of automated labor will render essentially obsolete lower skilled jobs.  While all entrepreneurs do not agree how best to address the potential problem of mass joblessness, universal basic income, or UBI for short, is one proposed solution.  The idea, while similar to modern Western European socialist programs, is not exactly new.  Adam Smith, the father of capitalism, proposed an asset-based egalitarian program that is roughly the 18th century version of modern UBI. … Continue reading Universal Basic Income: A viable welfare replacement?

Stick to Politics: The Day the President Declared War on Sports

Sam Acriprete Chief Opinions Editor   This past weekend, Donald Trump was on everyone’s mind. Trump had finally invaded the one area of pop culture that we thought was impervious to politics: professional sports. This past week Donald Trump took his first jab at the world of sports when he uninvited the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors from visiting the White House, a tradition for any major sports champion. Trump tweeted Saturday morning, @realDonaldTrump: “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” This obviously drew ire … Continue reading Stick to Politics: The Day the President Declared War on Sports