The Liberal Case for Capitalism

Usually, political debate with my peers ends in impasse, but I still do it, because an unquestioned viewpoint is never valid. As someone whose broader ideology began in fiscal conservatism, I have always asked with genuine curiosity why my liberal peers believe in their economic platform. And although I have yet to be persuaded leftward, … Continue reading The Liberal Case for Capitalism

Femi-Not-Quite: When Modern Feminism Fails to Champion True Equality

One of the most central bipartisan agreements is that words have meanings that are inextricably associated with ideas and movements. It is important to understand this concept because the agreement that words shape expectations is the basis for conducting politics. “Feminism” is once again a salient word uttered by everyday citizens. By pure definition, feminism … Continue reading Femi-Not-Quite: When Modern Feminism Fails to Champion True Equality

Intersectionally Oppressed: My First Semester at Penn

One semester under my belt at Penn, and I can tell it’s going to be a long ride. When I first made the excruciating decision to attend an Ivy League university, I knew what I was signing up for. I knew which identities I’d be carrying with me. I knew it’d be hard academically, of … Continue reading Intersectionally Oppressed: My First Semester at Penn

The Good – but Mostly Bad – of Trump’s Immigration Order

On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for a period of 90 days. Now, it’s Monday, and the uproar from the media and the public is still thundering, and I doubt that the disenchantment people feel will subside anytime soon. Before I state … Continue reading The Good – but Mostly Bad – of Trump’s Immigration Order

Branching Out of the Penn Bubble: Understanding Flyover America

After last November’s elections, many on Penn’s campus had a pervasive feeling of shock and disbelief. Students simply couldn’t stomach the fact that Trump would soon be President; professors and administrators, eager to assuage the feelings of the strongly left-leaning student population, offered canceled classes and coloring books. Admittedly, I was surprised that Trump won, … Continue reading Branching Out of the Penn Bubble: Understanding Flyover America