Stories and Storytellers: Reflections on the State of the Union

Stories and Storytellers: Reflections on the State of the Union

Dozens of journalists and pundits have compared President Trump to the hero of All the King’s Men (a novel written by Vanderbilt alum Robert Penn Warren), the fictional governor Willie Stark, who was based on populist politician Huey Long, because Stark and Long were also political outsiders, known for free-range public speaking,...

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Don’t Underestimate the Women’s March

Don’t Underestimate the Women’s March

This past Saturday, about 10,000 people gathered in front of Nashville’s courthouse, and with them nearly 10,000 signs sharing messages like, “Keep your policies off my body!” and “Vaginas got you here, vaginas will vote you out.” Women, and the men who love them, roared, chanted, and pumped their fists...

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Supreme Court May Soon Decide to Restrict Partisan Gerrymandering

Supreme Court May Soon Decide to Restrict Partisan Gerrymandering

As our political landscape currently stands, gerrymandering continues to be a major roadblock to fair representation in our democracy. This process of partisan redistricting is apparent in many states, and involves shaping district boundaries (often leading to highly questionable congressional maps) in a way so as to limit the influence...

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Political Anomaly Governor Charlie Baker Reveals the Utility of Deserting Partisan Polarization

Political Anomaly Governor Charlie Baker Reveals the Utility of Deserting Partisan Polarization

It is no surprise that politics has become increasingly polarized in recent years. Ideological beliefs continue to grow further and further apart between the parties, manifested by the major increases in Congressional filibusters and the emergence of a partisan media continually blaming those of the opposite party. In addition, split...

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Why Tennessee’s Regressive Tax Code is a Major Source of Socioeconomic Inequality

Why Tennessee’s Regressive Tax Code is a Major Source of Socioeconomic Inequality

With much of the current political discussion at the national level being centered around income tax reform amidst the recently passed Republican plan, it is useful to examine how Tennessee has fared running a government with one of the most regressive income tax codes in America. The federal and most...

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Vanderbilt Narrowly Misses Massive Financial Hit from G.O.P. Tax Plan

Vanderbilt Narrowly Misses Massive Financial Hit from G.O.P. Tax Plan

For the last two months as the Republican-controlled Congress worked on tax reform, many showed alarm at the number of proposals that affected higher education. Among these reforms were a tax of large university endowments, a repeal of student loan interest deductions, a raising of the deduction for charitable giving,...

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OPINION: In Defense of Trump

OPINION: In Defense of Trump

In approaching the end of any president’s first year in office, it is customary to look back and evaluate the accomplishments of what is traditionally the most productive year of their term–especially with unified party control of the federal government. President Obama’s first year in office saw the passage of...

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Reflections on American Interventionism, Part I

Reflections on American Interventionism, Part I

This is the first in a pair of pieces reflecting on American Foreign Policy based on the experiences of the author in Successor States of the Former Yugoslavia. When informing friends and family that I would be spending this semester in Serbia, I was often posed with one of two...

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America: Land of the Rich (and Their Businesses)

America: Land of the Rich (and Their Businesses)

Since its establishment over two hundred years ago, the United States has been widely regarded as a nation exceptional in its provision of liberty and opportunity—the supreme manifestation of democratic and Enlightenment ideals in the modern world. Central to these ideals is a sense of equal representation for all, a...

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Election Night 2017 Recap

Election Night 2017 Recap

Tuesday, November 7 started out with Democrats finding out that their approval numbers are at a 25 year low according to a CNN poll. Democrats in Washington and across the nation went into Election Night 2017 with their breath held as polls in the marquee race for the Virginia governorship...

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