Derek J. Bekebrede

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Mikey’s Way

At Harvard, institutional memory is so short. The undergraduates who knew Mikey have graduated and moved on, but not long ago an extraordinarily caring young man called this place home.

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So You Want to Be President

If you want to be a leader in politics, you need to be motivated by more than a sound bite.

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When Good Men Do Nothing

To continue trading human rights in exchange for the false hope of limited reforms is to abandon the people of Cuba. Per Edmund Burke, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

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The Clock Strikes Midnight

From Spain to France and the United Kingdom, protests blaming the government for economic plight have swelled. The protesters and workers of Europe are right to be frustrated, but they are frustrated for all of the wrong reasons.

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Left Unsaid

For students here who break with the liberal majority, taking the road less traveled requires accepting much more than just fewer travel companions.

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Polarization Problems

If gridlock remains despite the willingness of significant party members and committee leaders to work together, perhaps we as Americans have been looking for the problem in all of the wrong places.

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Life, Liberty, and Birth Control?

Here’s an inconvenient truth: The right to contraception doesn’t exist, nor should it.

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The President Declares War

With the Obama administration’s decision to force certain religious employers to provide health care coverage for controversial services, Obama has officially declared war against liberty.

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How About More People?

The majority of world population growth comes from the increased life expectancy of the world population, yet population control advocates do not support the end of medical research or medicine.

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They Can’t Wait

Last February—like Occupy Wall Street this fall—Madison, Wisconsn erupted into furious political struggle whose ripples were felt across the nation. ...

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Losing Liberty

The protestors have a right to be frustrated with the current system, but their demands reveal a profound disrespect for freedom and ignorance of the real culprits in America’s “rigged” system.

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Discrimination Against Pro-Lifers

Missed the “Smile, your mom chose life!” posters around the Yard last week? The posters have been consistently ripped down for years, going back far longer than any undergraduate has been on this campus, with barely a protest from most students and the administration.

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The Real John Galt

So, who is John Galt? He’s the small businessman drowning in the red tape of regulation. He’s the business owner afraid to hire because he doesn’t know what government will throw at him next. He’s the individual who, when asked by government how to fix the economy, had but one thing to say: “Get the hell out of my way!” That’s an idea worth trying.

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The White House on Holiday

In summer 2011, the Obama White House failed majestically to acknowledge or address the greatest obstacle to America’s future success.

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Let's Talk Tea Party

The Tea Party is perhaps the most interesting political movement to hit American politics in recent memory. Arising from a ...

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Dare to Dye

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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