Author: Merinda Davis

Communism, here we come. Thanks health care bill.

Karl Marx would be proud. The pre-eminent capitalist nation is on its way to what Marx says is a communal life. Most would say that it is a far stretch for America, the traditional warrior against communism, to be headed toward that system. However, America has been making steady progress since before the establishment of the nation. According to some interpretations of Marx, communism is not a system that is to be established, but will naturally come about. This interpretation says that a nation will naturally go through stages – to reach the ideal, a nation must go through a progression; first, colonialism; from colonialism to capitalism, capitalism to socialism; and finally from socialism to communism. The United States began as a colonial nation, and then quickly took its first step by adopting a capitalist economic system. While the U.S. has yet to make the transition from capitalism to socialism, the passing of the health care bill has wrought fundamental political and social changes that Marx said are necessary to create the ideal society. Social unification and the elimination of class systems are Marx’s ideal for a society. Social Security, Medicare, and now health care reform are all steps the U.S. has taken to help socially unify the nation by handing those in the lower economic classes the same coverage as those in the higher economic classes. While unifying...

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The power of civil society: Academic boycotts have presidents and have students making a difference

With a world at war the Peace and Justice Studies program is as relevant as ever. Since 1946 the land balance between Israel and Palestine has been reversed with Palestine increasing their oppression of the Israeli. Addressing this Israeli Palestinian conflict was the purpose of the Peace and Justice Studies department conference held Feb. 17 and 18 titled J. Bonner Ritchie Dialogue on Peace and Justice: “The Israeli Palestinian Conflict- Toward Peace.” Riham Barghouti, the final speaker at the conference, gave a lecture titled “Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: A Palestinian rights-Based Movement.” Barghouti is a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. She approached the topic by addressing the atrocities committed against the Palestinian people, specifically students. While equating the events of Palestine and Israel to the South African apartheid, Barghouti says that boycotting what is revered will make a difference. In South Africa it was sports and in Israel it is academics. With the Israeli suppression of Palestinian education, Israel made any form of Palestinian education illegal. Barghouti says that the goal of the peaceful boycott of Israeli academics with the international community is to make Israel a piranha country. “Popular struggle cannot be stopped with arrests. Arrests and persecutions do not detour us. No army, no prison, no wall can stop us,” Barghouti said referencing protesters in Palestine. “Unlike Israel, we...

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What is your degree?

The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is a trivia/connection type game where people connect any film actor in history to Kevin Bacon in as few links as possible. The game also contends that any one person is connected to any other person through six or fewer relationships, because it’s a small world.

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Giving math the old college try

Many people are talking about the recent presidential inauguration. They will most likely talk about President Obama’s speech with admiration, as they should. It was a beautiful and powerful speech that inspired hope, and from the reaction of the crowd, was readily praised.

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