Power & Politics

House votes to reform NSA surveillance

House votes to reform NSA surveillance

Power & Politics May 17, 2015 at 8:36 pm 0 comments

By Zachary Toillion Since the Summer of 2013, a fierce debate has raged in the country regarding the line between safety and civil liberties. The disclosures of Edward Snowden regarding NSA mass surveillance have been the subject of documentaries, news stories and conversations throughout the country. In response to Snowden’sRead More

U.K. election displays contrasts with U.S. system

U.K. election displays contrasts with U.S. system

Politics, Power & Politics May 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm 0 comments

By Zachary Toillion How long did it take for the United Kingdom to have its equivalent of a presidential election? Exactly 38 days. In that short time, incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron and his liberal Labour Party challenger Ed Miliband made their case to the U.K., a country with aRead More

Is rioting a valuable political tool?

Is rioting a valuable political tool?

Power & Politics May 11, 2015 at 2:52 pm 0 comments

By Zachary Toillion It’s time to access whether or not riots actually work as a means of political protest. Going back to nearly one year ago, a number of questionable police shootings have enraged communities across the United States. In Ferguson, Baltimore and New York City there were peaceful protests,Read More

Power and politics: America is a liberal nation

Power and politics: America is a liberal nation

News, Politics, Power & Politics April 29, 2015 at 1:14 am 0 comments

By Zachary Toillion The American electorate is fundamentally liberal. Solid majorities support liberal positions almost across the board, even if Congress is decidedly more conservative. Polls taken this month shows 61 percent support for same sex marriage, has a margin of 16 points. 53 percent of the public supports legalizingRead More

Power and politics: the fine print of the Iran nuclear deal

Power and politics: the fine print of the Iran nuclear deal

National News, Power & Politics April 13, 2015 at 10:31 am 0 comments

By Zachary Toillion Secretary of State John Kerry announced ongoing talks last week with Iran over the future of its nuclear program and ended in a historic agreement. Throughout the day, world leaders—including the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Iran and China—praised the deal as a major step in theRead More

Power and politics: the year 2040

Power and politics: the year 2040

Power & Politics March 26, 2015 at 3:05 am 0 comments

By Zachary Toillion   Many politicians run for office on the basis of improving our children’s future. Oftentimes the campaign message of the candidate will at some point describe future threats, such as national debt and global warming, and recommend what government policy should do to address these problems. MostRead More

Recipe for political gridlock

Recipe for political gridlock

Power & Politics January 24, 2015 at 1:46 pm 0 comments

By Zachary Toillion As everyone knows, the 114th Congress recently took office. The biggest question that remains is whether anything will be able to get done in the next two years. The rules of Congress, particularly the Senate, make cooperation nearly impossible in a country so closely divided along partisanRead More

Reforming health care, again

Reforming health care, again

Power & Politics January 16, 2015 at 6:58 pm 0 comments

By Zachary Toillion Rep. Paul Ryan releases a budget yearly aimed at tackling our national debt and deficit. Seeing that healthcare is the biggest long term driver of our deficit, Ryan has routinely made that the centerpiece of his plan for debt reduction. Ryan is largely correct, health care costsRead More

Radicalism and protest movements

Radicalism and protest movements

Power & Politics December 27, 2014 at 3:56 pm 0 comments

If one watches TV, it is impossible to avoid coverage of streets saturated with people: marches, arrests, interstates shut down. Some opponents have been critical of these protests, saying the protesters should “get jobs” and “stop defending thugs.” Decrying the protest tactics is the antithesis of what makes this countryRead More

How to fix modern policing

How to fix modern policing

Power & Politics December 18, 2014 at 10:13 pm 0 comments

Recently, a series of high profile police brutality cases have captivated and bitterly divided the country. The non-indictments in the trials of both Michael Brown and Eric Gardner have triggered worldwide attention, and nationwide protest. The following actions would help both officers, and those who would claim to be victimsRead More