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Spring Voices 

Spring

Isn’t Spring essential to survival? I have fallen in love with the idea of rebirth, and I believe the world has too. I was ten years old when Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire, the ultimate sacrifice,  in the name of change, and the flames that engulfed him helped ignite the sparks of revolution that we came to know as the Arab Spring. Consequently, I cannot pretend that I knew anything about justice at the time. I can only say that as I aged, I understood (at the most of…

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Being Smart About your Scare: How to be Sustainable this Halloween Voices 

Being Smart About your Scare: How to be Sustainable this Halloween

As children, October’s arrival meant but one thing: Halloween. We counted down the nights, and had been working on our costumes for months on end. Oh, and the candy wasn’t bad either. However, nowadays, the only scary thing about Halloween is the carbon footprint it leaves. Costumes play a significant role in the increase of damage to the environment. That shiny new costume you’ve had your eye on is not the best option to go with, as it was probably mass produced, thus damaging the environment. This Halloween, consider making…

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I Am Voices 

I Am

I am. Focus on these two little words comprising a grand total of three letters. When we think of ourselves we rarely even think of these two words, we almost always focus on what comes next. But these two first words are there and they mean something. The same is true when we think about others and the world around us. “They’re this”, “it’s this”, “he’s that”… We don’t realize it but these seemingly banal statements make up the foundation of the human experience. It is indicative of a reality…

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Nihilism Politics and a Call to Action Voices 

Nihilism Politics and a Call to Action

A lot of young people do their best to appear as though they truly believe that everything is meaningless and you shouldn’t have any loyalties to anything, but it’s often nothing more than a defense mechanism. If the people responsible for systematic oppression, war, economic disparities, climate change, etc. do not care about the damage they are causing, and if our politicians still have not done anything to stop them, what on Earth can we do? In the end, not caring turns out to be easier than actually having to…

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Organize, Organize, Organize—Till Climate Action’s Disorganized Voices 

Organize, Organize, Organize—Till Climate Action’s Disorganized

“We are forgetting how to give presents,” lamented Theodore Adorno. “Instead we have charity, administered beneficence, the planned plastering over of society’s sores.” And more, our capacity to give presents outside of harshly regimented periods: birthdays, holidays, anniversaries—has dissipated. This is a more general loosening of a feeling of autonomy. The sense that we might act on our own, outside of regimented periods, that we might give, provide, care, on our own, has been systematically substituted by top-down control through our traditions and through our institutions. At the moment there…

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Bias and Truth: One in the Same and a Tool for Political Activism Voices 

Bias and Truth: One in the Same and a Tool for Political Activism

Silence is bound to follow any accusation. That of bias is the prime example, as the single word shuts down any argument presented to an audience. And so, the presenter is left staring agape, wordlessly witnessing what he built come crumbling down with the invalidation of his premises at the foundation. After all, if it’s biased, it can’t be true right? This thought process even seems to poison our education, leaving us uneasy about saying the word “I” in essays and adamant on sticking to proven facts as examples. Can’t…

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Save Yourself Voices 

Save Yourself

I’m a human being and, I assume, however risky that might be these days, that you are too. This article is one amongst many about climate change. I know it’s a very hot topic (pun intended) right now and you already know all there is to know about it. I won’t try and moralize you about polar bears, or bees or even compost. This article isn’t about that, it’s about us; it’s about you. We, as a species, emerged many millions of years ago in the dank and wild caves…

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Navigating Newspeak: Problems With Talk About Jobs and Entrepreneurs Voices 

Navigating Newspeak: Problems With Talk About Jobs and Entrepreneurs

In the new political language it is common to hear about the sacrifices we should make to bring “jobs” and to invest in “entrepreneurs.” These invocations – often accompanied by the mention of “economic growth” – are becoming suspicious. However, the suspicious person is very vulnerable in an argument. They are not usually in the position to deny the value of “jobs” and “entrepreneurs.” How could they ever even imagine? In a discussion with anyone who considers themselves “practical,” this value is absolute. It is the only thing that matters….

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It’s Not a Myth Voices 

It’s Not a Myth

Who’s exhausted from hearing the constant talk about climate change? Apparently we’re all completely ignorant and the environmentalists are standing alone in their quest to slow the rate of pollution. But come on, right? Many of us say that we care about the issue and most of us claim that we are conscious about our ecological footprint and make attempts to reduce it. Maybe tree huggers just have a passion for concocting controversial posters, researching the main causes of the greenhouse gas emissions and blocking traffic flow on streets with…

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Radical Reviews: Rosa Luxemburg’s “Reform or Revolution” Voices 

Radical Reviews: Rosa Luxemburg’s “Reform or Revolution”

A Letter to the Democratic Socialist   Dear democratic socialist, There is no doubt your popularity has helped to spread the Left’s project. Skepticism towards capitalism and an openness to socialism has increased since your patron saint, Bernard Sanders, came to our attention. It is tempting, under the sway of your philosophy, to believe we only need some tweaks to capitalism until we can fully declare the end of history. I cannot dispute that higher tax rates, free university and healthcare signify true progress. Yet, you believe the problems that…

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