Michael F. Cotter

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Kayyem: Not A Typical Candidate

Kayyem has excited campus progressives with her advocacy for issues too often left by the wayside—climate change and criminal justice reform, to name two.


The Bearded Rebellion

If there’s anything this internship taught me, it’s that time is not merely a commodity that you can bundle and slap on your resume; you actually have to live it.

Op Eds


New internet news sites like Buzzfeed and the Huffington Post—which scour Twitter for the latest eye-popping trends—have elevated the tweets of no-name wackos to the status of news.


An Unseen Crime Epidemic

The epidemic of the sexual violence is, importantly, an issue of failed law enforcement.


The Persistence of Racial Politics

I do not think that Mitt Romney is racist, nor do I think he doubts the President’s place of birth. Yet Romney apparently wants the presidency badly enough to sing any tune, play to any fear, and stand on stage with any would-be demagogue for a few votes.


Old School Liberalism

It’s rather unfair that liberals have had to take on the baggage of the far left.

Columnist Conversations

Student Perspectives on Occupy Harvard

A selection of Crimson editors respond to Wednesday’s night’s Occupy Harvard protest.


Obama’s Covers Album

Finding the appropriate tenor for his speech must have been a delicate task for the President indeed. He had to challenge Republicans to adopt policy in such a way that made it seem impossible to argue against him. When speaking to the American people, Obama relied not on new rhetoric, but on the same, often contradictory, rhetorical tropes that had tremendous success in the 20th century.


What Is Center?

Our nation’s race to the right has harmful ramifications that go beyond just making liberals wistful.


In Defense of Dukakis

Though the mantle of anti-intellectual populism has been passed from party to party over the years, right now it rests squarely in the hands of the GOP.


I Saw You Irony

While I see the value in reminding those with inherited privilege of their luck, there is a fine line between reminder and ridicule, and many I Saw You Privilege posts ended up on the wrong side of that line.


Don’t Jail the Vote

We must enfranchise all Americans, regardless of previous criminal convictions, so that our government is responsible for the system of justice it maintains.


Study: Link Between Mothers Smoking, Criminal Activity of Children

Professors from the Harvard School of Public Health and Brown University released a study on Monday pointing to a “potential causal relationship” between smoking during pregnancy and criminal behavior among offspring later in life.