Law and Religion: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Click for the article with Chicago style footnote citations: Law and Religion_ To Sides Of The Same Coin Law and Religion: To Sides Of The Same Coin Introduction  Donald Davis’ The Spirit of Hindu Law challenges readers to push back on the parochial notions of ‘law’ being a set of rules enforced by the state and … Continue reading Law and Religion: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Lady Justice And Her Scales: An Appropriated Icon

Justice. It’s a term that is difficult to represent visually. In fact, few will claim they can envision what “perfect justice” would look like. But humankind’s idealism can be made apparent through works of art. Enter Lady Justice, a depiction of justice so iconic, it is recognized around the globe in numerous settings, all striving … Continue reading Lady Justice And Her Scales: An Appropriated Icon

The Sign Debate: Symbol or Icon?

The Sign Debate: Symbol or Icon? The field of semiotics differentiates between various types of signs. However, the lines become somewhat blurred in trying to distinguish between a symbol and an icon, as it is not so clear cut. Based on class readings and icons presentations, I argue that the differentiating factor between a symbol … Continue reading The Sign Debate: Symbol or Icon?

California vs. The Fed (Climate Change Edition)

  California vs. The Fed (Climate Change Edition) Introduction Since the Environmental Protection Agency was founded in late 1970, the United States government has accepted the responsibility for mitigating climate change and ensuring the wellbeing of its citizenry through such regulation. While some presidential administrations have taken more action than others, the previous three administrations … Continue reading California vs. The Fed (Climate Change Edition)

Russia Finds Success In Sharp Power Over Soft Power

Russia Finds Success In Sharp Power Over Soft Power Soft power is a valuable tool in the arsenal of world powers, used to gather and maintain the support of foreign nations through appealing to their citizenry. The term “soft power” was coined by Joseph Nye in his work Soft Power: The Means To Success In … Continue reading Russia Finds Success In Sharp Power Over Soft Power

“Nature” is Man Made: An Analysis Of Hitchcock’s “The Bird’s”

“Nature” is Man Made Politicians write the law, police officers enforce it, lawyers argue it, and judges interpret it. We have a whole system in place to ensure the law is being followed, but rarely do we ask where the concept of law comes from. Common answers include God, reason, morals, ethics; and we characterize … Continue reading “Nature” is Man Made: An Analysis Of Hitchcock’s “The Bird’s”

The Future Lies In Negative Emissions Technology

The Future Lies In Negative Emissions Technology Climate scientists have for years been warning about the impacts of a greenhouse effect gone out of control. The basic premise of the warning has to do with increased CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. These emissions subsequently trap radiation attempting to leave Earth’s surface and consequently lead to … Continue reading The Future Lies In Negative Emissions Technology

Soft Power Requires Humility

Soft Power Requires Humility Nobody likes a show off. Sure, our society might appreciate the entertainment we derive from athletes and celebrities who continuously flex their wealth and success, but one can hardly say their actions are inspiring or motivating. I argue the same is true in the order of international relations: exercising humility and … Continue reading Soft Power Requires Humility

Dear Mouffe, Stick To Theory

Dear Mouffe, Stick To Theory Mouffe believes that a Liberal Democracy creates a paradox that can be solved by keeping the democratic aspects of society, but getting rid of the political ones. In other words, he advocates for a direct democracy. He calls this “agonistic pluralism.” While I don’t think that a perfect form of … Continue reading Dear Mouffe, Stick To Theory

Our Role In Postmodernity: Be Citizens

In postmodernity, who are we? Our Role In Postmodernity: Be Citizens This prompt suggests that we are already definitively living in the post-modern world. This is not necessarily true and definitely up for debate. Even Harvey concedes that “Despite fundamental changes in the form of social life, we still live, in the West, in a … Continue reading Our Role In Postmodernity: Be Citizens

The Crisis Of The Enlightenment Lives On

Weber solves the crisis of the Enlightenment by forcibly eliminating it; he replaces Reason with Power, and subordinates progressive political passion to the staunch necessity for obedience (ethics of responsibility).  Marcuse’s arguments challenge this by seeking to reinvigorate critical (negative) thought, in the hopes of radical political praxis.  Isn’t that his intention with lines such as: “Political … Continue reading The Crisis Of The Enlightenment Lives On

The Threefold Crisis Of “The Enlightenment”

What exactly is the crisis at the heart of the Enlightenment, and how is it political? The Threefold Crisis Of “The Enlightenment”             To answer this question, it is first necessary to define the terms, both “The Enlightenment” and “Political.” There have been several attempts to define “The Enlightenment,” and each thinker’s take adds to … Continue reading The Threefold Crisis Of “The Enlightenment”

The Case For An Adolescent Justice System

An essay advocating against the current system of juvenile justice in the United States with a particular emphasis on the State of California. ---- The Constitution of the United States was meant to protect and defend, not to punish. In fact, the Bill of Rights was designed specifically to ensure protection for anyone on American … Continue reading The Case For An Adolescent Justice System

Zuckerberg: Holocaust Deniers Deserve A Platform — He Isn’t Wrong

By Shauli Bar-On Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced intense scrutiny after discussing his company’s policy regarding removing fake news from the platform. Zuckerberg was interviewed about what Facebook was doing to combat fake news, and he came under fire after saying that his company would not remove content claiming the Holocaust never took place. His … Continue reading Zuckerberg: Holocaust Deniers Deserve A Platform — He Isn’t Wrong

Black Lives Matter: A Name (And a Hashtag) For The Movement That Has Existed As Long As The Country Itself

  Pinned to the ground and held down by two police officers, Brandon Glenn has his face buried into the Venice Beach cement on May 5, 2017. A group of five bystanders watch as police officer Clifford Proctor takes out his gun. Proctor’s partner backs away, probably in confusion. Proctor fires from less than two … Continue reading Black Lives Matter: A Name (And a Hashtag) For The Movement That Has Existed As Long As The Country Itself

Comparing Jewish Legal Philosophies with Modern American Law (Sinai Scholars Academic Symposium National Finalists Paper)

This paper was written for the Sinai Scholars Symposium, where I -- along with nine other national finalists -- was invited to present to a panel of academics at the annual Sinai Scholars Symposium on April 15, 2018. The paper was also published in the annual Sinai Scholars Academic Journal. To read the paper, click … Continue reading Comparing Jewish Legal Philosophies with Modern American Law (Sinai Scholars Academic Symposium National Finalists Paper)

Science Does Not Change Culture: Extrapolating Discrimination Practices in Gattaca

Science Does Not Change Culture: Extrapolating Discrimination Practices in Gattaca “All men are created equal” — Thomas Jefferson. These are the words penned in the Declaration of Independence, a document that has been cited by every Civil Rights movement, and is the basis of American freedom from tyranny. Of course, in Jefferson’s time, every citizen … Continue reading Science Does Not Change Culture: Extrapolating Discrimination Practices in Gattaca

The Bar-On Brief: America did not fail you

As you might have been able to tell from the radio silence, I’ve taken this summer as a break from column writing. But there’s just something about the Fourth of July that I couldn’t help but reignite the Bar-On Brief. The United States is a world superpower. There is no other country that has the … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: America did not fail you