I suggest tuning into the medium-sized brouhaha that has emerged in the wake of "A Gay Girl in Damascus" - an affair far more morally and politically significant than what a Long Island congressman decided to do with his digitally-rendered private parts.
The relationship between representative and represented is sacred, and by trading political admiration for sexual gratification, Anthony Weiner corrupted that relationship.
An Activist’s Year in Review Last week, reporter Monica Dodge wrote the Crimson’s update on student activism in 2010-2011. Her article, “The Evolution of Activism,” argued that students have now put “classes before causes” and more frequently rely on internet messaging instead of inter-personal organizing; student activists at Harvard “are less eager to leave behind their laptops and pick up ... Read More
In the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s death, the merits of enhanced interrogation are at issue again. Required reading on the topic is Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) op-ed in the Washington Post on Thursday. For anyone who distinguishes between “new McCain” and “old McCain,” this is old McCain at his finest: principled, independent, and convincing. The headlines responding to McCain ... Read More
For the past ten weeks, writers from the Harvard Political Review have been meeting with 6th graders from the Clarence R Edwards Middle School in Charlestown, MA to talk about politics and the fundamentals of journalism. Together, we’ve taken on some of the biggest issues facing our country — from health care reform, to education policy, to high-stakes international politics. We’ve ... Read More
The historical precedent for Google's "Knowledge Group"
James Fallows’ awesomely-titled article on the future of journalism – “Learning to Love the (Shallow, Divisive, Unreliable) New Media” – is well worth reading in full, like almost everything he writes. It’s one of those articles that validates its central thesis by virtue of its existence: Fallows is a perfect example of what the future of journalism might look like. To ... Read More
As a member of the audience for the panel discussion on challenges facing the US and Mexico, I really enjoyed the discussion on the drug war and its implications for public policy. Moderated by Harvard Law School Professor Phillip Heymann, there was plenty of discussion about the implications of sustained violence and drug trafficking from what Angela Kocherga, US-Mexico Bureau Chief ... Read More
Harvard needs to better understand why some of its students smoke and how to help them quit/
The tenor of the new debate on ROTC speaks a great deal to campus attitudes towards the military, and to campus activism in general. When I was accepted to Harvard, a frequent piece of advice given to me was something along the lines of “Don’t let the liberals up there change your views.” While everyone I knew was supportive of ... Read More
Dylan Matthews has a well-meaning but ultimately misguided column in today’s Crimson arguing for compulsory voting. Let’s start with what Dylan gets right. He is absolutely right about this: “One reason why higher economic classes’ interests are so overrepresented in government is that rich people vote at disproportionately high rates, and poor people vote at disproportionately low rates.” He is ... Read More
This is a running argument between conservative Adam Kern and libertarian Sarah Siskind. Previous entries can be found after the jump in reverse chronological order. Part 8 — Adam Kern First I would like to thank all our readers for paying us their attention. It is an honor to have it, and that’s something both Sarah and I can agree ... Read More
Libertarian extraordinaire Chris Oppermann leads a road trip. Destination: understanding libertarianism.
As part of the 2011 Science & Democracy Lecture Series, NY Times columnist David Brooks delivered a lecture titled “Politics, the Brain, and Human Nature” at the Graduate School of Design on April 12, 2011. Panelists included HBS Professor Max H. Bazerman, HLS Professor David Kennedy, and Psychology Professor Steven Pinker. Brooks argues, as in his new book The Social ... Read More