Category: United States

From Where Are You?

By implementing the ZIP code, the United States Postal Service has accidentally corroded how some Americans understand personal geography. For others, ZIP codes have helped give shape to communities that otherwise had no claim to legitimacy.

Socioeconomic Inequity and the SAT: A Brief History

The changes to the test coming in March 2016 are positive steps, but won’t eliminate the racial and socioeconomic biases that have plagued the SAT throughout its history​.

Activism is Dead

Silenced by money, American food and environmental activism has lost its integrity. The result: a corrupted Congress and a duped citizenry.

Lead and Crime: An Environmental Victory

Violent crime in America has dropped fairly consistently over the past few decades. Research indicates that environmental policy may have played a significant role.

Responding to Syria Through US Refugee History

America has been polarized in responding to Syria’s refugee crisis. Through examining our history up to today’s system, it is clear that we must assist these refugees to the best of our ability.

The Philosophical Underpinnings of the Anti-vaccination Movement

What balance between individual freedom of choice and the common good does American democracy require? To what extent is the press entitled to free speech? How much of a role should the government play in making medical decisions for citizens? These questions add philosophical depth to the conflict between those who refuse to vaccinate themselves… Read more »

Why The Chapel Hill Shooting Won’t Be Called A Hate Crime

It would hardly seem controversial to assume that religion was a factor in the triple homicide of three young Muslims in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, last month, mostly because there aren’t many other explanations for the shooting. The victims were hardworking and valued members of their communities; Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, was planning to enroll… Read more »