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Impoverished Politics: How neoliberalism ruined America

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Perspectives | 1 comment

America has been and probably always will be a plutocracy. But in the last few decades, that truth, and the divide between the elite and the actual will of the people has only grown stronger. These years have been marked with the continued rise of neoliberalism and inconceivable corruption on both sides of the political aisle. Our nation’s embrace of neoliberal ideology post-Reagan is largely to blame for major crises across the board: the 2008 recession, the continued destruction of the planet, and the rise of now President-Elect Donald Trump. Yet we unwaveringly believe that our governmental and economic systems are not only the most prosperous but also the most ethical. This past election cycle proved specifically that the Democratic Party is more loyal to its corporate interests and neoliberal agenda than it is to its constituents. This was...

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Impoverished Politics: Living in Trump’s America

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Perspectives | 1 comment

It’s hard for me to find the words to complete this piece. My whole soul has been heavy for days since the election results were announced; it’s like everywhere I go seems extra quiet and sad. The people I love have expressed anxiety and fear I know I only feel a fraction of. It seems to me that this election hasn’t necessarily ushered in any new era of American politics, what it’s done mostly is revealed the true ideologies that drive the American people. The ideas and opinions that maybe people felt they couldn’t present publicly have now been emboldened, and within 24 hours of the election there was a rise in hate crime around the country. Hijabs getting ripped off Muslim women’s heads, taunts directed at Latina Americans to “go home,” swastikas sprayed on the sides of buildings...

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Proposed policy change aims to combat hate speech on campus

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in News | 0 comments

In light of recent events both on the national scale and within the Maryville College community, MC is considering an addition to campus policies on harassment that would include definitions of and an official stance on hate speech and symbols on campus. Written by students, it emphasizes the importance of safety on Maryville College’s campus, especially for minority students. The policy will fall in title XI of the Student handbook, and the actual language of the policy is below: “Maryville College places extreme value on diversity, inclusion, and safety on campus. For this reason the college condemns the use of language (verbally or electronically) in a threatening or violent manner, particularly when it is aimed at a person or people of a particular group (including but not limited to race, biological sex, gender identity, sexual identity, religious affiliation, physical...

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Impoverished politics: In defense of safe spaces

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Perspectives | 0 comments

I am unabashedly a social justice warrior, or SJW. That term, especially on the internet, is used derogatorily and is meant to somehow belittle those who try to fight against ignorance wherever it exists. And trust me, it exists everywhere. There is sometimes a real problem within the SJW-internet-Tumblr-white-feminist movement of focusing on seemingly unimportant issues and being exclusive in their concepts of what communities to uplift. But regardless of imperfect activism, all SJWs are the target of a lot of internet fire. This summer it felt like a rising issue and rising internet meme, were the concepts of trigger warnings and safe spaces. Two things that are meant to allow people of varying identities, and their intersections, to feel respected and valid in larger communities like a campus or a city. Of course, any kind of space that...

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Impoverished politics: your favorite feminist icons are problematic, at best

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Feature Slider, Perspectives | 0 comments

To the dismay of white men in fedoras everywhere, self-professed feminist celebrities are on the rise in Hollywood. From Amy Schumer to Tina Fey, powerful women have taken the entertainment industry by storm and have used their recognition to speak on behalf of women and their rights. But which women are these people really advocating for? A trend I’ve noticed is that while these white “feminist” celebrities advocate for equality in some ways, they tend to lack an understanding of intersectional issues and women’s issues that go beyond their own lives. Writer and star of HBO series “Girls,” Lena Dunham, faced a lot of criticism when she accused football player Odell Beckham Jr. of ignoring her while seated together at the 2016 Met Gala because he wasn’t sexually attracted to her. The internet, rightfully, clapped back at Dunham, calling...

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