An Interview with Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities Jon Parrish Peede

Interview by Blake Plante (PO ‘19), D.C. Correspondent & Digital Content Writer Jon Parrish Peede is the current Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This interview was conducted the week after his confirmation by the Senate. Peede’s previous positions include Publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review 2011-2016, senior leadership roles in the…

USMCA: A Worthy Successor to NAFTA?

By James Dail (CMC ’20) Last Friday, President Trump, along with the heads of state of Mexico and Canada, signed the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA). The USMCA is the result of extensive trade negotiations between the three North American nations that began shortly after President Trump took office. The President sparked these negotiations…

Vigilante Justice in America

By Daisy Ni (PO ’21) “A government of the people, for the people, and by the people” emblemizes American democracy, and indeed many other democracies around the world today. The United States’ government draws its legitimacy from its citizens, holding a duty first and foremost to the population that constitutes it. Popular sovereignty, however, can…

The Reward Work Act and Worker Compensation

By James Dail (CMC ’21) One of the most persistent problems that the U.S. has faced over the past several decades is the persistent lack of wage growth. Adjusting for inflation, most U.S. workers have not received a raise since the 1970s. Though this has been a long-term phenomenon, this trend is especially puzzling at…

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…