A Right to an Opinion Is Not a Right to a Platform

November 8, 2019, by Katie Livingston, Opinion Editor. Leave a Comment

On Sept. 6, 2015, the Argus Opinion section ran the article “Why Black Lives Matter Isn’t What You Think.” The article mischaracterized the Black Lives Matter movement and, among several other problems, suggests that the movement could be characterized as a hate group. The campus responded with outrage, there were debates about cutting funding to The Argus, […]

Love, Mourning, and Counterfactuals: The Earned Income Tax Credit

November 8, 2019, by Tom Hanes, Staff Writer. Leave a Comment

Some unfortunate results have come in for one of economists’ favorite things. This is the Earned Income Tax Credit, and I don’t know any economist who isn’t a big fan. From the quite liberal to the not so liberal, every economist loves the earned income tax credit. Despite the bad news, you should still love […]

On the Purpose of Student Theater Reviews

November 1, 2019, by Nathan Pugh, Zoë Kaplan, Assistant Arts & Culture Editor and Sports Editor. Leave a Comment

As members of both the student theater and student reviewer communities, we believe in critical student reviews. Critical reviews demonstrate serious engagement with the performance, and—with constructive comments—they can help students working on shows in their future theater endeavors.  In an opinion piece last week responding to a student review of “Macbeth,” the writer argued that student theater […]

Middletown and Wesleyan: Why You Should Vote in Local Elections

November 1, 2019, by Luke Goldstein, Oriana Tannenbaum, Features Editor and Contributing Writer. Leave a Comment

The general election for the Middletown mayoral and city council race on Nov. 5 has garnered an unprecedented amount of excitement from the Wesleyan student body. Due in part to a resurgent interest in local grassroots politics that has captured the zeitgeist of the generation, the buzz around this election has seeped into discussions happening […]

What I Missed Out on by Going to Public School

November 1, 2019, by Trent Babington, Staff Writer. 2 Comments

At Wesleyan, as at other liberal arts colleges, students who are not graduates of private or quasi-private high schools often find themselves lost. In my experience, there is a distinct feeling, which I have since abandoned, that as a matter of biology you are less intelligent than your peers. So many seem almost inexcusably articulate, […]

Student Theater Reviews: A Review

October 25, 2019, by Daniel Knopf, Staff Writer . 1 Comment

The Wesleyan Theater World was thrown into a bit of a tizzy last week when The Argus published something totally unexpected: a slightly negative review of a Second Stage show. While most Argus reviews tend to be nice and complimentary, the piece on “Macbeth” (I can hear all the theater kids mentally hissing at me […]

Even If the Administration Doesn’t Care About Climate Change, Wesleyan Should Still Divest

October 25, 2019, by Hudson Dore, Contributing Writer . Leave a Comment

In the wake of the recent climate strikes on campus and across the globe, many students are pressuring the Wesleyan administration to divest the endowment from fossil fuel companies. While I strongly agree with the environmental and moral arguments for divestment, I also believe that fossil fuel companies are empirically poor investments. Therefore, even if […]

Selfies and the Self

October 25, 2019, by Bodhi Small, Contributing Writer . Leave a Comment

To ourselves, we each ask the question: “who am I?”  This is an important topic to our feeble human minds, and much of our lives so far has been spent attempting to “find” ourselves, as if there is some tangible self that is hiding inside of us, waiting to be uncovered. While there might not […]

Why the Labor Theory of Value Is Incorrect (and How This Should Inform Your Politics)

October 25, 2019, by Tom Hanes, Staff Writer. 1 Comment

Let’s talk about resources. In Adam Smith’s time, it seemed obvious that there were two things you needed to make an object or provide a service: natural resources and labor. For example, if you want to make a sandwich, you need land to grow the grain to make the bread, and to feed the pigs to […]

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 […]

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