The Oberlin Review

Reaction to Tibbetts’ Death Reveals Toxic Culture of Politicization

Katie Friedemann, Contributing Writer

September 7, 2018

Editor’s Note: This article discusses physical violence. Politics permeate everything we do and say, from deciding which candidates or issues we support to our everyday interactions with other people. Our political alignments even seem to guide how we cope with both everyday and abnormal circumstances and events, such as major tragedies. This constant and inescapable politicalization is especially clear when observing reactions to the recent death of Mollie Tibbetts. Tibbetts, an Iowa college student, was going for a run in her hometown when a man named Cristhian Bahena Rivera began to pursue her. According to what Rivera later told law enforcement, Tibbetts threatened to call the police, and Rivera panicked. What h...

International Political Situation Calls for Democratic Values

Sean Para, Columnist

May 6, 2016

I’ve written about a range of topics over the past four years, from international affairs to domestic politics to half-baked political theory. This is quite a week on which to end my column for the Review. With Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich dropping their presidential bids, Donald Trump has done what seemed unthinkable and has all but clinched the Republican nomination for president. The past two decades have seen a peaceful liberal democratic world order give way to authoritarian regimes in Russia, Hungary and Turkey — to name a few — where democracies were once in development. Wars have broken out across the Middle East, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Great po...

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