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Positive Rights, Not Capitalism, Require Violent State

Jacob Britton, Contributing Writer
April 14, 2017
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It was only a matter of time before a fellow Oberlin student would respond to my right-leaning op-ed condemning wealth distribution. Jordan Ecker begins his refutation by stating that my article is a mere “rehashing of key libertarian talking points,” then goes on to respond with his own rehashing...

Census More than Identity Title

Marissa Maxfield, Contributing Writer
April 7, 2017
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The U.S. Census Bureau released a version of its plans for the 2020 census last week, and for the first time, it proposed tallying gender identity and sexual orientation. Shortly after, Census Bureau Director John Thomson announced that the question was a mistake that was never meant to be included....

Libertarian Economics Crudely Misguided

Jordan Ecker, Contributing Writer
April 7, 2017
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Jacob Britton’s “Wealth Distribution Fails to Invigorate Economy” is a five-paragraph rehashing of key libertarian talking points (The Oberlin Review, March 31, 2017). It may prove heuristically useful, then, to offer a step-by-step rebuttal of each argument to demonstrate the overwhelming inadequacy of l...

Wealth Distribution Fails to Invigorate Economy

Jacob Britton, Contributing Writer
March 31, 2017
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As Americans we hear all too often from talk radio hosts, comedians and politicians about how the U.S. is lagging behind other countries in terms of economic inequality. Perhaps most famously, Senator Bernie Sanders spoke on this issue during his 2016 presidential campaign, frequently mentioning that the ...

College Lacks Opportunities to Study Business

Katie Lucey, Contributing Writer
March 31, 2017
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Oberlin describes itself as an institution with “longstanding commitments to access, diversity, and inclusion,” according to its website. However, what Oberlin achieves in terms of commitment to social improvement, it lacks in academic paths for students who want to pursue a career in business or...

Health Care Requires Bipartisan Reform

Johan Cavert, Contributing Writer
March 31, 2017
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In a stunning flop last week, Republicans failed to pass a replacement to the Affordable Care Act that was expected to sail through a Republican-controlled Congress. Such a remarkable loss provides a rare opportunity for bipartisan cooperation at a time when such action is sorely needed. Politicians o...

Controversial Speakers Deserve Fair Platform

Will Cramer, Contributing Writer
March 10, 2017
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Author Charles Murray was invited last week to speak at Middlebury College in a move that was certain to invite controversy. Notorious for his 1994 book The Bell Curve, which suggests that IQ rather than economic opportunities or access to basic services such as health care is the most effective indicato...

Philosophy Department Responds to Gender Disparities

Jackie Brant, Contributing Writer
March 10, 2017
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As I argued in the Review several weeks ago, women are underrepresented in philosophy, both in Oberlin’s department and the field as a whole (“Philosophy Departments Lack Diversity,” Feb. 10, 2017). Since then, I had the opportunity to meet with Professor Katherine Thomson-Jones, chair of Oberl...

Museums Lack Accessibility

Katie Lucey, Contributing Writer
March 3, 2017
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In art museums around the world, one warning sign is ubiquitous in every gallery: “Please do not touch the art.” But what if a visitor’s sense of touch is the best way for them to interact with art? Institutions of culture and learning should offer programs that encourage a physical relationsh...

Trump Raises Military Budget at Expense of Citizens

Jordan Joseph, Contributing Writer
March 3, 2017
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In his budget proposal released Monday, President Donald Trump proposed increasing federal funding for the military by $54 billion at the expense of important domestic and international programs and agencies. This budget, if approved by Congress, would severely hurt American citizens. The proposal itse...

Academics, Communities Benefit from Developing Relationships

Chie Sakakibara, Contributing Writer
March 3, 2017
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Academics who study marginalized communities often wonder whether their research will actually benefit the communities they study. It wasn’t until I traveled to Alaska as a doctoral student 14 years ago that I was forced to confront this question as an academic myself. “Promise us that you are not going to di...

Immigration Raid Discourse Requires Moral Intuition

Will Cramer, Contributing Writer
February 24, 2017
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been arresting undocumented immigrants across the country for the past week, targeting those with and without criminal records. These raids mark a policy shift from former President Barack Obama’s executive orders that worked to ensure that law-abiding i...

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