Following the Far Right: The Rise of Conservative Populism in Europe and America

By Jordan Hollinger (PZ ’19) During the watershed election cycle of 2016, American society was brusquely familiarized with an organized populist movement, one heavily influenced by the tenets of far-right ideologies. Throughout the Republican primaries, Trump’s bombastic rhetoric continuously garnered support from both voters and politicians alike, establishing for Trump a reputation as a demagogue…

Under the Equator, But Not the Umbrella: New Zealand’s Acceptable Lack of American Nuclear Protection

By Megan Rohn (PO ’18) In 1951, Australia, New Zealand and the US signed the Australia New Zealand United States Security Treaty (ANZUS), a military alliance and collective security agreement between the three nations.1 Included in this treaty was the agreement that Australia and New Zealand would not pursue nuclear weapons, in exchange for being…

The Great Divorce: Inflation and Unemployment

By James Dail (CMC ’20) When the great recession ended in June 2009, something unusual began to happen to the US economy. Both the unemployment rate and the inflation rate were simultaneously low, which is unusual, as they are never supposed to occur simultaneously. While having both a low unemployment rate and inflation rate is…

The Prospect of Supreme Court Term Limits

By Bryce Wachtell (PO ’21) The widespread coverage of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing has brought the Supreme Court nomination process to national spotlight once again. It appears that with every justice nominated to the highest court, scrutiny increases and polarization grows. From accusations as grave as Anita Hill’s testimony regarding now-justice Claremont Thomas, to those…

What California’s Decision to Abolish Cash Bail Means For The State’s Criminal Justice System

By Kimberly Tuttle (CMC ’19) California Governor Jerry Brown approved legislation on August 28, 2019 that will abolish California’s cash bail system, effective October 2019. In a statement to the public, Brown said “California reformed its bail system so that rich and poor alike are fairly treated.” Cash bail has been a controversial issue in…

The Role of “We the People” in the Courtroom

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) As the highest court of the land, the Supreme Court was created alongside our executive and legislative branches to keep their power in check. To do so, the Court’s role requires an immunity from political pressure. The appointment process and life-long tenures of judges, for example, remove the pressures of…