We need a modern welfare state to save democracy and capitalism

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There is great debate among political figures and academics about the effectiveness and relevancy of the welfare state. Libertarians feel as if the policies rob a person of their economic freedoms and responsibilities. Marxists think these policies do not address the inadequacies in the Capitalist superstructure, and some feel as if these policies do not solve poverty. Since the 1980s, welfare states have come under attack from political figures in the United States and Great Britain, Canada, and France. People from all sides of the political spectrum feel the welfare state is obsolete and that the free-market can close the…


Why do some people vote against policies that would improve their well-being?

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Shortly before Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s election, a friend of mine and I were discussing student loan forgiveness. He argued that since he took out a loan and signed his name, he should be solely responsible for paying it back. I claimed that under normal circumstances, I would agree. Still, given the pandemic’s course, the uncertainty of my job, I wanted to reduce as much debt as possible. He voted for Donald J. Trump, who had no long-term policy to address student loans. I voted for Joe Biden, who did have a strategy to reduce student loan debt. I…


Within the context of the Post-Trump era, a new wave of democracy is unlikely unless we address these issues

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With Donald J. Trumps’ defeat, Americans and people worldwide can breathe a sigh of relief. Under this administration, the United States saw the most blatant attacks on our guardrails and referees of democracy. Our oldest friends and allies with other nations were damaged, and our isolationist policies weakened the average American worker and our society (pre-pandemic era). Now there is some hope that the post-Trump era will usher in a new wave of democracy not only across the United States but perhaps the world. …


Americans must remain vigilant against far-right extremism

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Millions of Americans breathed a heavy sigh as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn into office on January 20th. To many, it was an end to the dysfunctional reign of the Trump administration that wreaked havoc on our country. Joe Biden does not have an easy task with containing the Covid outbreak, reforming social justice, and pursuing US economic recovery policies. He must also face the challenge of rising Nazism, white supremacy, and extremism in the United States. While January 20th is a day of relief and celebration, we cannot ignore what Trumpism has unleashed on American society.

QAnon…


The attack on Capitol Hill could only be the beginning

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The attack on January 6th on Washington’s Capitol Hill was not a spontaneous incident. It was the culmination of the past ten-twelve years, that loathing racism seized upon the opportunist President Donald J. Trump. In comparison, white nationalism is nothing particularly new in this country; these extremist views that Trump stoked can trace back to Barack Obama’s election in 2008. When the nation historically elected its first African American president the deep-rooted racism in this country began to bubble once again in the pressure cooker.

Under President Trump, a white extremist is emboldened and encouraged by the president. The consequence…


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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will start their term in office on noon, January 20th. The Biden administration will be facing one of the most significant challenges the United States has ever faced in modern times. The most urgent issue the administration must first reign in is the spread of the virus and create a policy to address the economy’s changing landscape. The post-pandemic economy will look vastly different than the economy we once knew as a country.

Not only does the president-elect have to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, but he has the incredible task of preventing the…


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Democracy is fragile, as we’ve seen throughout history. Since ancient Greece developed a form of democracy to self-govern, democracy has provided a pathway for citizens to actively engage in the political arena and elect their governors. It has provided an engine for the masses to hold their government accountable and approve/disapprove legislation in their community. The internal institutions that protect democracy, or guardrails, are the judicial system, the press, and political parties. Established norms are also viewed as a safeguard for democracy. According to Freedom House, democracy’s popularity is on the decline worldwide.

The United States, over the past decade…


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“Donald Trump will never become the candidate for the GOP”

Those fateful words said by my professor still ring in my ears to this day. It was my senior year in college where I was about to earn my degree in political science. I cannot remember what we were supposed to be talking about in that class but the conversation was dominated by the potential reality that Donald Trump could win the GOP nomination. we anxiously discussed what this could potentially mean for politics and our country. Even those that did not take him seriously were still talking about him…


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If you’ve been paying attention these past few years then you may have heard about the QAnon movement that has captivated American politics. What started as a conspiracy theory on 8chan has now grown into a full-blown fringe conspiracy group with some influence. The FBI has labeled this group as a potential terrorist threat in the United States. Indeed, QAnon has come along way since 8chan. This is the far-right fringe group that you need to pay close attention to in the next few years.

QAnon conspiracy theorists believe in many different wild and out theories but they’re tied to…


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Representative Paul Mitchell has left the Republican party. Paul cited his GOP colleague’s effort to overturn the election as his reasoning for leaving the GOP. His fear is that democracy “will be damaged long-term if they collectively sit back and tolerate unfounded conspiracy theories and stop the steal rallies”. However, the statement made by the Representative from Michigan appears as a safe political maneuver because he is not running for re-election. While some within the GOP has rebuked Trump’s behavior most were either retired from office or not running for re-election. The most notable opponent was Mitt Romney (R-UT) when…

Marcus Cervantes

Nonprofit professional. Degree in political science. Auto-detailer on the weekends. Avid coffee drinker.

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