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The Oberlin Review

Global Redistribution of Wealth Could End Poverty

Russell Jaffe, Columnist
March 10
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The futurists once had a dream: Through technological advancement, all of humanity’s needs would someday be provided for automatically, leaving us free to pursue our passions and aspirations. In the 1930s, for example, economist John Keynes predicted that his grandchildren — now the people of today’s...

Disobedience Checks Unjust Laws

Russell Jaffe, Contributing Writer
February 24
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Is it ever acceptable to break the law? This question has gained new urgency under the oppression of the Trump presidency. For example, is it morally acceptable to hide our neighbors and friends from violent deportation raids? Can we destroy government property to slow the progress of unconstitutional proposals lik...

Inauguration Protests Set Tenor for Trump’s Presidency

Russell Jaffe, Columnist
February 3
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

On the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, I joined thousands of people from across the nation to voice our disapproval of the incoming administration. Many, including myself, had been protesting all month. At 5 a.m. on the morning of Inauguration Day, I met with The Future is Feminist i...

Dakota Access Pipeline Latest Case of Environmental Racism

Russell Jaffe, Columnist
December 2
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

While many students were preparing themselves for a Thanksgiving full of feasting and celebrating with loved ones Nov. 21, law enforcement officers at Standing Rock were assaulting protesters with water cannons in below-freezing temperatures. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been assaulted, terrorized ...

Public Protest Can Uphold Democracy

Russell Jaffe, Columnist
November 11
Filed under Columns, Commentary, OPINIONS

The U.S. was simultaneously shocked and horrified by Donald Trump’s win late on election night. In an equally alarming turn of events, Democrats failed to win back control of either the Senate or the House of Representatives. With the Supreme Court likely to soon fall into the hands of conservatives...

Humanity’s Survival Dependent on Mars Exploration

Russell Jaffe, Columnist
November 4
Filed under Columns, Commentary, OPINIONS

Elon Musk — the founder and CEO of Tesla Motors and private aerospace company SpaceX — conducted a question and answer session on Reddit Oct. 23 to discuss his plan to begin a permanent, self-sufficient colonization of Mars in as little as eight years. Using the largest rocket ever designed, Mus...

Two-Party System Denies Voters Choice

Russell Jaffe, Contributing Writer
October 28
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

When my father was driving my brother and me back from one of our winter club hockey games when I was a kid, he asked us to vote on where we should stop for dinner. My brother and I — still young enough to enjoy vast quantities of fast food without feeling sick — instantly agreed on Burger King. ...

Infamous Police Officer Ends Tainted Career

Russell Jaffe, Contributing Writer
September 23
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS, Recent Stories

Commissioner Bill Bratton of the New York City Police Department officially retired Sept. 16, in order to “pursue other opportunities” in the private sector. The self-proclaimed “top cop in America” is widely considered to be one of the most influential and controversial officers in policing h...

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