Monthly Archives: April 2017

Cavs Sweep Pacers in First Round

By: Doran Grieshaber, Sports Writer

The Cleveland Cavaliers completed a four-game sweep of the Indiana Pacers on Sunday in the first round of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs. The first round was historic for Lebron James and the Cavs for both good and bad reasons, but regardless they are the first team to finish their first-round series. The team has multiple things that need to be cleaned up if they plan to make another title run, and they have plenty of time to do it as they wait for the second round to start on May 1st.

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NHL Playoffs Round 1 Recap

By: Nicholas Jacquin, Sports Writer

Source: nhl.com

The quest for the Stanley Cup is viewed by many as the toughest championship to win in all of sports.  It takes over a month and a half to complete with four rounds with each being a best of seven series.  The first round of the 2017 Playoffs wrapped up this past weekend and each series was worth watching, some more than others.

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North Korea warns of Great War

By: Alexis Lee, News Writer

Kim Jong-un has warned the United States of a “Great War” as tension has continued to rise between the U.S. and North Korea as concerns for nuclear bomb testing increase.

Last Sunday, North Korea had a failed missile test, and fears for Pyongyang holding a sixth attempt this week have heightened. Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, seems determined to have a successful deployment of a nuclear missile, posing a threat to the American mainland. President Trump later in the week sent the USS Carl Vinsson to the Korean peninsula to display opposition to the totalitarian regime; however, this movement only increased tension between the two nations and surrounding areas.

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Fox News reels after O’Reilly allegations

By: Tim Maninger, News Writer

If there is anywhere that a person should feel safe it is their workplace. Employers spend significant amounts of time and money every year keeping their workers safe and happy. Sometimes this process means that certain employees have to go. If someone is contributing to a workplace environment that makes others uncomfortable, or even threatened, it is the prerogative of the company to remove that person from their position. Recently this has become all too relevant for Fox News. The network has had a slew of allegations of sexual assault made against its personnel. Last year these allegations led to the resignation of the CEO and founder of Fox News, Roger Ailes. The network’s most popular host, Bill O’Reilly, was also implicated in these allegations, and after significant deliberation it has been decided that O’Reilly’s twenty-one year run at Fox News is over.

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Ancient city emerges in Kansas

By: Alexis Lee, News Writer

The ancient Indian city, Etzanoa, has been found in Kansas after being a mystery for 400 years.

Historians thought the settlement, presumed to withhold 20,000 Native Americans, was exaggerated. Wichita State archeologist and anthropologist, Donald Blakeslee, was able to confirm it as a truth. “We always knew we once had a whole bunch of Indians living around here, because we had found way too many artifacts to think otherwise,” Arkansas City Commission member, Jay Warren, stated. “But we had no idea until Dr. Blakeslee came along how big it was.”

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A legacy of dedication: Celebrating the Career of Larry Gragg

By: Caroline Newman, Editor-in-Chief

On April 13, 2017, a sizeable crowd was gathering in one of the Havener Center’s St. Pat’s Ballrooms. Their purpose: celebrate the quickly-approaching retirement of Dr. Larry Gragg, Curator’s Distinguished Teaching Professor of history. After forty years on this campus, he’s finally retiring! Well, almost. He will teach courses for the next few fall semesters while he continues his thorough research into the history of the S&T campus.

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Music Review: DAMN

By: Wesley Reno, Entertainment Guest Writer

Let me start this review by saying:  I worship Kendrick Lamar. He has rightfully earned his place among Pink Floyd and Marvin Gaye on my “List of Top 5 Albums” following the release of the masterpiece, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. I have been anticipating a new release from him over the last two years to follow up on To Pimp A Butterfly. On Friday, April 14th, he released his fourth studio album, DAMN.

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Libertarianism: A different kind of politics

By: Noah Mickel, Features Writer

Current political discourse is rife with aggression, divisiveness, and alienation. With the election of Donald Trump, many see a wave of protectionism and authoritarianism seeping into the right. On the other hand, the former liberal position of free speech is being curtailed for the sake of “Social Justice.” This has former progressive Dave Rubin saying “the left is no longer liberal”, and some now refer to progressives now as the “regressive left.” The truth is, most Americans do not want to build a physical wall on the border, nor do most Americans believe in a 90% tax rate. Many Americans do not see themselves in the authoritarian right or the regressive left. Libertarianism is one such philosophy that does not fit either of these molds.

First, a bit of clarification. This article reflects the liberty movement and libertarianism as a set of ideas, not the party. A few Republican representatives (namely Justin Amash and Thomas Massie) are often thought of in the libertarian space, whereas former libertarian Presidential candidate, Gary Johnson, was known for taking many non-libertarian positions. The libertarian political philosophy goes far beyond a few politicians. In fact, the philosophy has its roots in classical thinkers like John Locke and Adam Smith, the American founding fathers, and classical economists like Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek.

Uniting libertarians and defining libertarianism mirrors what herding cats looks like, except cats might stop fighting for a minute in order to get something accomplished. I am going to try and define it, but understand that the word “libertarian” itself often takes on many different and sometimes contradictory meanings. I define libertarianism as: “The political philosophy that, based on a premise of natural rights, advocates for laissez-faire capitalism, personal responsibility, and non-interventionist foreign policy.” The definition is kept purposefully broad in parts, in order to make room for the differences in opinion, but those three principles are prevalent throughout libertarian thought of all varieties, so I am going to touch on each of them.

Quickly put, natural rights is a concept found in ancient times, but became well known with English philosopher, John Locke. Locke posed that every human is born with three natural rights: life, liberty, and property. More definitively, every individual has the right to live, doing what he/she wishes, keeping what he/she owns, as long as he does not infringe on anyone else’s rights to life, liberty, and property. Most libertarians base their opinions on the market, non-interventionism, and personal responsibility in this idea. The idea that one cannot infringe on another’s individual liberty and property rights is often the primary moral justification for libertarian policy positions.

Belief in a laissez-faire, free-market economy, might be the most uniting belief among libertarians. This is often referred to this as capitalism, but a portion of the movement, referred to as “left-libertarians,” often reject the term. This simply means that the government has no place in regulating what businesses can and cannot do and promotes a complete separation of state and economics. This includes little to no regulations on business, no more business subsidies, a complete elimination of corporate welfare, and a huge cut in taxes. Where this differs from establishment Republican belief is the complete rejection of business subsidies and meddling in the economy. Many Republicans would like a freer economy compared to Democrats, but many are often okay with government management of regulations in things like health-care and transportation. Libertarians reject Keynesianism, explaining that unintended consequences arise when a government tries to plan the economy or manipulate the market. Libertarians are often divided between what are called the “Austrian School,” pushed by thinkers like Murray Rothbard, Ludwig Von Mises, and Friedrich Hayek, and the “Chicago School,” spearheaded by more modern economists like Milton Friedman. Regardless of this division, libertarians promote a free market economy void of government intervention.

In addition, libertarians believe in the most politically incorrect of ideas, personal responsibility. The fundamental principle of self-ownership that runs throughout libertarian thought logically leads to this conclusion. This is applied across the board to all issues, which create problems when looking through either of the typical political lenses. On the conservative end, things like drug use and prostitution create issues. Many conservatives believe that the government has a place in maintaining morality within the state, writing laws against things like recreational marijuana use. Libertarians, on the other hand, believe that people have the capacity to make their own decisions, and even if someone found a particular behavior immoral, a libertarian does not believe in enforcing their values through the state. From the progressive’s point of view, they believe that the state has to provide health care and education to everyone. A libertarian rejects this as well, stating that it is an individual’s responsibility to take care of their own well being, and that the government’s job is not to provide charity. Charity, to a libertarian, should be left up to the private sector.

Finally, a libertarian believes in a non-interventionist foreign policy. This is the biggest departure libertarians have from the rest of the right, where the right often conflates the position as “isolationism.” While the position can differ from being a pacifist to a use of the “Powell Doctrine,” most libertarians believe that America should use its military solely to defend itself. The non-interventionist position takes that a country should only intervene in global affairs when America is attacked or seriously threatened. Non-interventionists are opposed to things like the UN or the European Union, as they seek to involve themselves in the matters of many nations, rather than keeping to their own domestic affairs. Simply, if the US can stay out of a foreign affair, it should do so.

This philosophy is alive despite the loud voices of alt-righters and social justice warriors. Young Americans for Liberty (shortened as YAL), a student organization that came out of the “Students for Ron Paul 2008” organization has over 900 chapters at universities and high schools nationwide, including a chapter right here at S&T. Representatives and activists are uniting with think tanks like the Mises Institute and the Cato Institute. Bills like “Audit the Fed” are actually moving through congress as I type this. Despite what many would wish, the liberty movement is alive and well, and it is fighting for a more free country, in market, in philosophy, and in life.

 

 

If you are interested in joining the YAL chapter here at S&T, go to yaliberty.org or email me at njmtyd@mst.edu. If you are interested in libertarianism, here is a reading list:

Read these two first:

The Law- Friederic Bastiat

Economics in One Lesson- Henry Hazlitt

Economics:
The Road to Serfdom- F. A. Hayek

Capitalism and Freedom- Milton Friedman

Other interesting reads:

Liberty Defined- Ron Paul

Atlas Shrugged, Anthem, The Fountainhead- Ayn Rand

The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom- David Boaz

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Operation Car Wash

By: Danielle Sheahan, Features Writer

Here in the United States, politics can get heated rather quickly and sometimes we forget that other countries have their own problems too. In Brazil, they have been struggling with political corruption and a high rate of organized crime for decades. They have been struggling with these issues for years, but ending them is a challenge as everything tends to piggyback off everything else. The political corruption enables organized crime and in turn, organized crime can create and influence a more corrupt government.

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