Is there a moral balance between liberty and security, or are the two mutually exclusive?
Can the rich ever become so rich, that they strangle the poor? And what qualifies as “strangling”?
Must a capitalist globalization lead toward an impoverishment of the American working class?
Should the poor have a safety net, and if they do, how much of a net should they have?
Do the rich have an obligation to bolster the wealth of society, aside from providing jobs and infrastructure?
Since the dawn of civilization, man has sought timeless principles to address the concepts of wealth and poverty, justice and equality. Karl Marx was one of these people. (more…)
In these troublesome times, as the costs of occupation take their toll on both this generation and our children’s children, and as the repercussions of foreign involvement threaten our global standing and security, an increasing constituency of both the left and right are beginning to wonder whether America was ever intended to be an internationally-active force. Citing numerous embarrassments in Middle-Eastern policy, exportation of jobs resulting from a botched free trade, and the flagrant disregard of our trading partners’ injustices, these isolationists, while not incorrect about the problems of foreign involvement, forget that our Founding Fathers never intended us for autarky or isolationism. (more…)
With the release of President Bush’s memoirs, a lot of discussion is going to be taking place about his most controversial endeavor: the invasion of Iraq. What I’d like to do with this essay is to provide my readers with a short list of facts they can use to combat the “Bush lied, kids died” non-argument, and I’d like to do so by drawing attention to some UN Security Council resolutions which not only take the blame from President Bush, but also firmly show that the rest of the world had already legitimized the second invasion of Iraq. With that in mind, remember these three steps.
1) Invasion! UN Security Council Resolution 678 (1990) (more…)
Editor’s note: this article is dedicated to my first non-familial fan, Esky.
Why do we belong together?
This should not be an offensive question, yet it cannot seriously be asked in our modern political climate–particularly by conservatives–without expecting angry retribution. But when John Jay wrote Federalist Paper #2, he did so out of the need to convince the American people that they must cede some of their natural rights for the sake of unity; that, although the states had distinct governments and oftentimes different interests, they would need to sacrifice some of these interests for a greater good. Jay reasoned that this unity always comes at a price, but he was also able to guarantee that the overwhelming majority of identity and of morality would be preserved despite the institution of an American union. Indeed, this small price for unity was one of his key arguments in favor of the US Constitution. (more…)