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Stop Making Such A Fuss About Hobby Lobby

Yesterday’s SCOTUS decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is, to say the least, a controversial one. Since the decision was announced, I’ve seen a social-media outcry that’s nearly unmatched by anything else I’ve ever seen, at least having [...]

July 1, 2014 Soapbox Blog

Why Economics Should Inform Your Vote

If Penn students were to be surveyed on the political issue that’s most important to them, what would be the result? I don’t know of any such survey ever having been administered, but it seems likely to me that some [...]

June 1, 2014 Soapbox Blog

NASA: To Infinity and Beyond

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is one of the most controversial agencies of the American government. Although in the past American officials prioritized space exploration and innovation, policymakers today often question the need for an organization dedicated to investigating [...]

April 15, 2014 Soapbox Blog

A Pulitzer Prize For A Truly Public Service

Earlier this afternoon came the most anticipated announcement of the year among American journalists and journalism junkies, myself included: the winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes.  With it, news outlets everywhere are starting to report on the who’s-hot-who’s-not of the [...]

April 14, 2014 Soapbox Blog

What McCutcheon Means for the Future of Campaign Financing

Since SCOTUS broke their decision to strike down caps on aggregate donations to individual campaigns, parties, and political action committees, there has been much debate on the issue. The left has decried the decision for perpetuating the “1%” politics that [...]

April 5, 2014 Soapbox Blog

The Influence of Climate Change

The climate is deteriorating. While in the past, experts have often disagreed about the pervasive influence of climate change on our world, recent investigations have revealed the severity of these alterations and their possible implications. Both nongovernmental and governmental organizations [...]

April 1, 2014 Soapbox Blog

A Charitable Solution For The Minimum Wage Debate

It’s easy to become disillusioned with all the debate that’s been had about minimum wage laws in recent months. The reckless appeals to emotion are more than a little bit jarring—“equality!” from the left, “efficiency!” from the right—and hopes of [...]

March 31, 2014 Soapbox Blog

Is Chris Christie Too Big of a Bully for 2016?

In the past few months, Chris Christie’s name seems to have assumed a permanent spot in the headlines. Between “Bridgegate” and now the most recent stories that report that Tesla can no longer sell cars in New Jersey, Christie’s approval [...]

March 19, 2014 Soapbox Blog

The Illegitimacy of the Crimean Referendum

It’s been all over the news the past two days that a referendum has been held in Crimea, and the results are overwhelmingly in favor of leaving Ukraine to join Russia. It’s also been all over the news that not [...]

March 17, 2014 Soapbox Blog

Is Democracy Coming to Viet Nam soon? (Part 2)

Furthermore, because Viet Nam is still a soft authoritarian country, it needs to choose whether to democratize or focus on economic development first because simultaneous reform is dangerous because the two can undermine each other (Armijo). Democratization will force giving [...]

March 15, 2014 Soapbox Blog