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In Conversing with Kaitlin Bennett: Finding the Difference Between Free and Hate Speech

You know her, whether it’s by Kent State girl, Gun Girl, “Poop Girl,” or Kaitlin Bennett. You might have seen her graduation picture from Kent State University, with an AR-10 rifle strapped on her back and a cap that read, along with a picture of her firearm, “Come and take it.” You may have seen countless viral videos that feature the intentional demonization of liberal advocates. She rose to prominence in the summer of 2018

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Out With The Old, In With The New: Democrats Divided

It seems that we are caught in an era of division. The two-party system has created a Us vs. Them mindset, equivocating politics to a sports game. People cheer for their side blindly, not actually paying attention to what their candidate believes in as long as they win. However, times are changing. The large fissure dividing Democrats and Republicans has branched off to form divisions inside the parties themselves. Specifically, in the Democratic party, sub-parties

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How To Have A Civil Political Conversation

We don’t know how to talk to each other anymore. It’s as if the opposing arguments are standing on opposite cliffs, with an enormous valley separating the two. All we can do is yell; and even then, we can’t hear each other. Democrat versus Republican. Liberal versus conservative, and everywhere in between. In recent years, the gap between political parties and opinions has continued to grow bigger and bigger. There are serious issues in the

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The History Of Masculinity & How We Can Save It

In the Middle Ages, a man was judged by his chivalry: his respect for women, his loyalty to his people, and his willingness to do what was right. This led to tales like those of Lancelot and Gawain, placing the needs of others before their own and channeling their machismo into doing good work. This couldn’t last forever, though. The rules of chivalry fell in the 15th century, and by the 1900s the word “chivalry”

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Why Urban Liberals Need To Stop Dismissing Rural Communities

White, bigoted, uneducated, isolated, incestuous, extremely religious, redneck, conservative, farmer, broken-down, Trump country. If liberal people from urban areas were asked to name concepts they associated with the word rural, their list would undoubtedly include phrases similar to these. For members of the LGBT community and people of color, less-populated areas have negative connotations. The rural reputation, from an urban and suburban viewpoint, is generally one of intolerance and ignorance, an unwelcoming place to be

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Impeachment Is A Bad Idea For The Democrats

There is nothing the President does better than rallying his supporters against or for a cause, he himself during the 2016 election said: “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” He’s probably right, he would tweet about how American and brave he was to use his second amendment rights and his followers would eat it up. Trump seems to be able to use any

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Donald Trump’s Ambush On Rep. Ilhan Omar

Ilhan Omar garnered remarkable support in the state election for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District in 2016. She was later applauded by the public when joining U.S. House of Representatives in 2018, leaving her in the history books for monumental firsts. Most notably, she became one of the first two Muslim-American women elected to Congress. She represented diversity in the political community, which made a push for her appeal. But among this support, Omar has persistently faced

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Those Living in Poverty Should Not be Held Accountable for the Environment

There has been evident progress regarding the environmental movement in the United States. Initiated in the 1960s, this modern initiative has been ingrained into society and has spurred debate over issues such as climate change, veganism, etc. Inherently, this movement is most prominent in more affluent communities. Unequivocally, it is quite difficult to be within the reigns of poverty and extensively contribute to the global urge to “Go Green!” in a world that does little

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Can The Green New Deal Actually Be Considered Socialism?

In the past few months, the creation of the Green New Deal has sparked a debate across the country. Climate change and its mitigation have finally become hot button discussion topics, which greatly adds to the momentum of the Sunrise Movement and the climate action movement in general. But at the same time, the Green New Deal has received widespread criticism both as a document and as a doctrine. Most recently, Senate Majority Leader Mitch

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From Denim Day to Every Day: Why “Small Scale” Advocacy Matters in the #MeToo Era

Jeans are a staple of my daily life. They’re the first thing I go for when I don’t know what to wear. They match with a lot of my shirts and sweaters. They’re familiar. Some say that denim is too constricting, but I think it’s comfortable. The cottony, flexible fabric feels almost natural at times, especially when it’s worn out from years of walking, dancing and all sorts of movement. American blue jeans have become

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