• Image for "An argument for free speech."
    Culture and Society,  Politics

    An Argument for Free Speech: Challenge Begets Progress

    You probably feel that your own instincts on any given topic represent the most moral options. But what if the appointed censor—whether it be the government, a business, etc.—were to disagree? What if it were to deem taboo the discussions that you felt to be necessary and allowed those you felt should be prevented? When you give away the right to choose for yourself, this is an inevitability.

  • Evolution of conflict stencil graffiti on Vali-ye-Asr Avenue in central Tehran
    Culture and Society,  Long-form,  Psychology

    New Conflict Theory: No Inequality Necessary – Only Humanity

    Humans crave struggle; a mountain to climb, that we might reach the top and experience that brief, euphoric moment of pride in what we’ve overcome. We desire purpose, a cause for which we can fight, and a battlefield that gives us the opportunity to do so. But how does this fit into a modern society whose primary function is to prevent this kind of struggle, to protect us from these battles?

  • Student body at Philip Harding Harvard Commencement, May 2014
    Civil Rights,  College and University

    Affirmative Action: A Band-Aid on Student Inequality

    Last year, Harvard University celebrated its second consecutive year of a non-white majority freshmen class, with 50.9% of admitted students coming from minority groups. On the surface, this would seem to be an indictment of the White House’s recent reversal of the Obama administration’s stance on affirmative action as proof that the system has yielded what was promised by it: diversity and equal-opportunity in American universities. However, a closer look at how Harvard managed to achieve these goals suggests that these achievements exist only on the surface, as the opportunities afforded by affirmative action are anything but equal.