Music and Radio Censorship Continuously Fails

Sanders Jett-Folk | United States

Despite the continuous efforts of enraged parents, pro-censorship politicians and record companies who will do anything in order to make money, efforts to censor music in the United States have repeatedly failed. Freedom-loving musicians and music fans alike have stood firm in their belief that musical expression should not be inhibited by the government.

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Reflections on the Nature of Government

Jack Shields | United States

This week I got to participate in a program run throughout my school district where seniors get to go for a few days and work at a real job they are interested in. My friend and I were lucky enough to spend three days working in the office of the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives. I learned a lot of things, but most importantly being there reaffirmed my beliefs that government ought to be limited, local, and that voters need to examine just what is important to them.

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Tennessee Bill Aims to End Life Sentences Without Parole for Juveniles

Mae Buck | United States

Two elected officials in the Tennessee state government, Senator Akbari and Representative White, are working to “prohibit sentencing persons to life without parole for crimes committed when a juvenile”.

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College Enrollment is Dropping for Unsurprising Reasons

Griffen Smith |  United States

Green grass lawns and Victorian styled buildings have been a staple of higher education for the past 300 years. These institutions give out degrees and diplomas, which are the surest way to increase a person’s salary for life. Furthermore, College is also what most middle-class Americans consider the metamorphic period in which a person truly finds their own individuality, which is why enrollment nationwide has increased from 1900 to 2010. However, though there is some need in having a college education, there are fewer people actually enrolling in higher education. The National Student Clearing House Research Center in May of 2018 found that student population has decreased for the past 7 years, and have hurt The Midwest and Northeast the most. Further estimates explain that the need for highly skilled laborers will go up, even as college participation will continue to drop. Researches are often split on reasons for the decrease, but there are a few critical reasons college is less desirable.

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Batman, Plato, and Meritocracy: Who Should Hold Power?

Thomas DiGennaro | United States

Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight is loaded with elements of philosophical theory and undertones of libertarianism. One that stands out, in particular, is the mass surveillance used to track the Joker in the ending of the film and the resulting ethical questions that arise.

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