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Why You Shouldn't Trust Malcolm Gladwell

Have I heard of Gladwell? Yes, of course. And he has his place as one of the great writers in recent memory, a master of presentation and engagement. I just wish he were not the first person everyone thinks of when one mentions behavioral economics and social science.

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The State and Censorship

Drawing a line between state-sponsored censorship and censorship from other sources may seem like making a distinction without a difference, but consider the intensity of graduation speaker controversies today and the Red Scare, or Galileo's persecution in the 17th century. I

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These Pogroms Are Personal

It is imperative to raise awareness of what’s happening in France and Israel, and to vehemently oppose the senseless violence. Shtika k’hoda’ah–silence is like praise–the rabbis of old said. Their wisdom is just as relevant today. We must speak up now, to show that we do not stand with the terrorists of Europe and Gaza, to show that we will not stand for violence against the innocent.

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An Open Letter to My Unpaid Internship

In two weeks I will be moving out of the cubicle and I will be taking my name plate, which I made myself, using a folded piece of printer paper and a pen that I found in my desk from D’Amore McKim School of Business.

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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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Transatlanticism

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I Am Not at a Cafe

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Away in Argentina

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Land of Fog