Tax the Rich Out of Jealousy and Shame

October 11, 2019, by Tom Hanes, Staff Writer . 2 Comments

There is a set of claims that commonly justifies low taxation on the rich in libertarian circles. The first is that the wealthy having money is better, because they invest more, leaving us all richer in the long term. This is true, and hypothetically extremely significant. But first, show me positive real interest rates. The second […]

The Left Didn’t Kill the Classics, Public Schools Did: A Response to “The Age of Critical Theory”

October 11, 2019, by Trent Babington, Contributing Writer . 1 Comment

Many of you have read a recent Op-Ed, The Age of Critical Theory (it was published in The Argus a couple weeks ago). Like me, you probably had one or two (or three or four) problems with its central assumption: that the left has dismantled the classical tradition. The author writes, “Whereas fluency in Latin and the classical […]

How the NBA Represents the Chinese Government’s Threat to Global Democracy

October 11, 2019, by Jack Leger, Opinion Editor . 1 Comment

Last week, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted out a message in support of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. For a little context, the Houston Rockets are enormously popular in China, thanks to the efforts of the most famous Chinese basketball player ever, Yao Ming. The relationship between the National Basketball Association (NBA) and […]

Solidarity With Hong Kong Means Rejecting Wesleyan’s Proposed Campus in China

October 11, 2019, by Joy Ming King, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Introductory note: I know that conversations about the Hong Kong protests, Wesleyan’s proposed campus in China, and the organizing of the Solidarity Rally for Hong Kong today has made many Wesleyan students from mainland China feel uncomfortable or unsafe. In these difficult times, I sincerely extend my deep solidarity with each and every mainland Chinese […]

From L.A. to the East Coast: The Wes Culture Shock

October 4, 2019, by Sophie Penn, Contributing Writer . 2 Comments

On Aug. 26, I zipped up my suitcases, tearfully hugged my little brothers, gave my dogs one last squeeze, and flew 3,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York. A couple days later, I watched my parents reminisce as they dropped their first born off at college. It felt poetic, like the series finale of […]

A Trip to Pi Café: The Dual Lives of Tobias Wertime

October 4, 2019, by Tobias Wertime, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

Thanks to Wesleyan’s general disregard for my sleep schedule, I have become an avid fan of coffee during my three years here. I really like (and need) coffee. So much so that, if I am not editing articles for The Argus’ Opinion section, you can likely find me enjoying a beverage and doing readings in […]

It’s Time We Start Paying Attention To The Elections That Really Matter

October 4, 2019, by Kaye Dyja, Charlie Hills, News Editor and Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

As the Democratic presidential primary heats up, Americans are obsessing over every headline, every tweet, and every possible detail related to the 2020 presidential election. While this race is important—and should command attention—it’s not the only upcoming election with serious, long-term consequences.  This November, 538 state legislative seats are up for election, and another 4,798 […]

The Democracy-Debasing Debacle Deemed Debates: Why Political Debates Should be Abolished

October 3, 2019, by Daniel Knopf, Staff Writer . Leave a Comment

Now that I am an “adult,” capable of voting and therefore of (maybe?) influencing our Great Nation, it has become important to me to figure out which candidate I should back in the 2020 elections. In order to determine which politician/entrepreneur/spiritual guru deserves the vastly useful and far-reaching powers of my support, I have been […]

The Age of Critical Theory: Choosing Between Progressivism or Postmodernism

September 26, 2019, by Mathias Valenta, Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

Nothing is more prevalent in the contemporary academic approach to the humanities at Wesleyan, whether in the classroom or beyond, than the critical mindset: deconstructing inherited narratives in order to identify and eliminate hierarchical structures of power through means such as feminist historiography, combatting the Orientalist gaze, and introducing what postmodernists recognize as underrepresented authors […]

Why Upholding a Purely “Western Canon” Creates an Exclusionary Classroom

September 26, 2019, by Katie Livingston, Assistant Opinion Editor. 1 Comment

Different people have different ideas about what academia is, what it should strive for, and what cultural values it should represent. While a traditionalist view of the ivory tower, and especially of a liberal arts education, suggests that we ought to cling to classical texts and the Western canon as a basis, others are questioning […]

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