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Ken Clemens ’14 explores the impact of welfare policy on market treatment of developing nations. He says that investors jump to conclusions about nations based solely on their level of economic liberalism, which is short-sighted. International investors punish all welfare policies but punish those that circumvent markets, such as Ujamaa socialism more harshly. 

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John Jameson ’15 says, “The biggest challenge facing transnational regulation is efficiency versus accountability.” He examines private sector influence in the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, a transnational regulatory body for international banking.

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The application of  the judicial doctrine of originalism to court decisions has become commonplace. However, originalist decisions often ignore the true “original meaning” of the Constitution or statute. Research by Zac Bears ’15 attempts to show the that the ‘originalist’ decision in D.C. v. Heller did not hinge on the “original meaning” of the Second Amendment.

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In his research, contributor Jack Rosen finds that those for whom Iran was an important factor in their presidential vote selection are more likely to favor bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities.


(This piece is written in response to ‘The Case of Poor Richard‘)

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Ken Clemens ’14 outlines policy proposals for ending federal prohibition of marijuana in order to destroy the current black market, reduce the power of criminal organizations, and reduce the non-violent drug offense prison population.

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“The UN Security Council is an archaic representation of the world in 1945,” says Philip Gaulin ’13, who proposes expanding the Council and restructuring its veto system.

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Contributor Rocco Giordano argues for the elimination of the Electoral College system for U.S. presidential elections. He argues that, while the 332-206 result in the 2012 election seems like a landslide, the 51-47 percent popular vote more accurately reflects the conditions of Obama’s reelection.

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Philip Gaulin ’13 believes that the deteriorating situation of internal violence in Mali could spill over to other North African states and reverse some progress of the Arab Spring.


In the second column of this five-part series, columnist Makai McClintock explains how capitalism can lead to inefficiencies with respect to the allocation of certain goods and services.


Editor Philip Gaulin discusses the politics of food production and consumption around the world, particular with regard for the European horsemeat scandal.


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