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Hobby Lobby and Me

The statehouse is supposed to be a secular institution that does not interfere with religious issues, and it’s unfortunate that the Supreme Court forgot about this.

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Samuel Alito, Defender of the Faith

While much of the anger has focused on the verdict’s immediate implications for women’s health, Ginsburg's dissent shows that just as much ridicule should accompany the Court's interpretation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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The Economics of Depression

Depression has tangible effects on the nation’s economy and our shared prosperity. Is there a simple answer to the country’s malaise? Of course not. But we need to talk about it. And Americans need to talk to someone.

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My Dignity, Please

So I write this, not just as a justification for why I had a Tinder, or as a plea for reparations, but also to warn the populace. Don’t pretend like you are too good for Tinder. If you think you are, you probably just didn’t realize that you still have the app.

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The #Hashtag Revolution

I worry that the hashtag is becoming not only the preferred form of social protest, but the only form of social activism and social justice of our generation.

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Flowering Narcissus

This seems to be one more face to Narcissus’ curse: to become lost in reflection, to be paralytically twisted by the absorbed rumination on one’s place in the world. Those times when we dwell too long at contemplation and see it refract into a despairing contempt. A curse, a blessing, a responsibility: Paradise exchanged at a loss.

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Understanding Santa Barbara

Misogyny kills. As college students living in a world where a quarter of our female friends will experience sexual assault, this lesson is doubly important.

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Some Trick

I was paying to have someone listen to my life and then reconfigure it into something that could apply to a card with a picture of a forest on it. She was just an under qualified psychologist, or an overpriced mirror. I guess that this is the true mystical power of the psychic: listening comprehension.

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A Safer Wall Street

The free market principles that have led to America’s global economic dominance remain intact. Unfortunately, nothing as complex as the trading that goes on in investment banks can be perfect. Money is even more powerful then you think.

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Oklahoma, Meet Massachusetts

Instead of principled jurists acting within a system that insulated them from politicking, in Oklahoma, indecisive judges acting within a system of retention elections tried to avoid making the responsible decision. Until states like Oklahoma reform their systems to encourage more constitutional analysis and less politics, or until the U.S. Supreme Court acts decisively on current death penalty practices, state court systems will not be a locus of meaningful death penalty reform.

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All Alone

Alone time helps us break free for a little while. It gives us a respite from the voices of others constantly roaring in our ears. In the silence, we can hear ourselves think.

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Phylogeny and Party Supplies

I want to thank all the seniors for what you’ve done and wish you the best of luck in your endeavors for the next two years, before you come back for grad school.

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On Luck

Luck is the defining characteristic of all successful people.

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Free Your Mind Instead

The message remains what it has always been: no perspective or conjecture is too absurd or too dangerous. No cow is too sacred to be tipped.

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Notes from Undergrad

I’ve always liked books more than people; I think they stay with you longer, inhabit a deeper part of your brain. Read more. Don’t be afraid to.

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Dos Besos

A World Cup Malcontent
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A World Cup Malcontent

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Then Rain Comes

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Rainy Day Impression