Kafka and America’s Prison Industrial Complex

By Blake Plante (PO ’19) “Thus do I counsel you, my friends: Mistrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.” —Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra Nietzsche writes that infliction of punishment unleashes a “festival of cruelty” which reaches its most jubilant form when organized by the state; that the pleasure in punishing must…

President Trump’s Conflict of Interest and the Original Meaning of the Emoluments Clause

By Neil Banerji (Knox College) In light of heated public debate, popular opinion is divided as to whether President Donald J. Trump retaining ownership of his various corporations upon assuming office violates the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause. Law professors, state attorney generals, and Democratic legislators alike have enthusiastically filed major lawsuits against President Trump alleging that…

U.S. Diplomat Steps Down and China Steps Up, After U.S. Withdrawal From Paris Deal

Kaela Cote-Stemmermann (SCR’ 18) David H. Rank, the chargé d’affaires at the American Embassy in Beijing, announced his resignation on June 5, 2017. He cited his opposition to the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement as reasoning for his resignation. The Paris agreement, otherwise known as the Paris Climate Accord, is an…

Trump’s Amendment to the H-1B Visas

Lindsey Mattila (CMC ’17) On April 18th, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order to reform the H-1B visa program. This program has traditionally been used for companies to hire highly-skilled foreign workers in tech, medical, industrial, and science fields. The United States currently admits approximately 85,000 H-1B visas annually. This executive order comes as…