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Opinion: This Land is Your Land

By Grant Mercer As a newly-formed nation, the United States could not compete with the cultural icons of its mother country. Absent from American lands were castles, cathedrals, and centuries-old cities. Americans soon realized that their country’s grandeur would not be measured by man-made structures, but rather by the land itself.  Majestic mountain ranges, roaring…

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Talk Rand to Me
Paul Ryan and the Objectivist Ideal

By Ashton Jones In the year of Donald Trump, there is one person who has been left out of the conversation: House Speaker Paul Ryan. Certainly, Ryan has been asked, repeatedly, about Trump’s actions throughout the primaries and now the general election, but these questions are rarely about Ryan’s polices; and so in a sense,…

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Death of an Immigrant
The Other Consequence of Border Policy

By Torus Lu Immigration policy has featured significantly in the 2016 presidential election.  Proposals have ranged from deporting every illegal immigrant to providing them with a healthcare plan. However, there is one noteworthy effect of American border policy that receives scant attention: migrant deaths. Several thousand migrants have died attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexican border…

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The Future of the Death Penalty

By Bhanodai Pippala The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has led to a confirmation battle over Merrick Garland, who was appointed by President Barack Obama in March 2016 to replace Scalia on the bench. The Senate has yet to vote on the confirmation of Garland or hold hearings under the Senate Judiciary Committee….

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Opinion: Killing the Death Penalty

By Kristin Fillingim Over the course of history, society has gradually overturned institutions of inhumanity. From slavery to torture, we continue to abandon practices that are deemed cruel and unusual. In 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which establishes to every individual the right to protection from deprivation of…

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The Electoral College Helps Trump

By Jep McNair One of the more popular media narratives about presidential politics is that Democrats have built up a major advantage in the Electoral College. The idea is that the Democratic nominee, in this case Hillary Clinton, has secured somewhere between 240 and 270 electoral votes before campaigning really even begins, since several states…

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What Can ISIL Do for Free Speech?

By Rob Oldham Freedom of speech protects the marketplace of ideas, which is the notion that all speech potentially has value and that free people should decide what is acceptable and what is not. For the marketplace of ideas to thrive, the government should regulate as little speech as possible, a precaution against censuring ideas…

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