Rise of the AI and Data Economy

By Ethan Widlansky (PO’22) The Senate Small Business Committee, chaired by Marco Rubio, convened a hearing in late February to discuss its latest report “‘The Made in China 2025’ industrial plan.” Spurned by many free-market Republicans, the report considers “not whether states should organize their economies, but how they should organize them.” A self-avowed free-market…

Deinstitutionalization and Mental Health in the U.S.

By Kimberly Tuttle (CMC’19) Starting in the 1960s, the American government began to implement policies to deinstitutionalize the mentally ill. The deinstitutionalization movement was spurred by public outcry as a result of the exposure of the shortcomings of state-run “insane asylums” at the time. In 1955, the number of institutionalized mentally ill patients peaked at…

OPINON: Moving Back to an Apolitical Executive & Reclaiming the Moral Branch of Government

By Hutchinson Fann (PO ’21) As Democratic presidential candidates emerge for a chance to battle President Trump in 2020, it is strange to remember that under our original Constitution, one of these people could instead become the next Vice President. Before the 12th Amendment was passed in 1804, electors cast votes for two candidates, and…

Have You Any Decency? Bucklew v. Precythe and the Future of the Eighth Amendment

By Alex Simard (PO’22) Content Warning: This article, as it centers on the death penalty and a man condemned to it, contains depictions of gun violence, murder, and domestic and sexual violence, including rape. It also contains graphic depictions of petitioner’s medical condition and brief depictions of 17th- and 18th-century modes of punishment, including torture.…