Author: Nick Chanko

Nick is double majoring in History and Economics for his Bachelor of Arts degree. In his third year at McGill Nick is most interested in American politics, the international economy, and historical implications to the changing world.

The End of Life As We Know It

On September 14, 1930, the first dust storm traversed the Southern Plains, wandering through southwest Kansas and into Oklahoma. At the time, the local weather bureau didn’t know what it was exactly, but simply noted it as an anomaly and…

Trump’s White House: Personal Attacks and Alternative Facts

On January 20th Donald Trump became the President of the United States and entered the White House with a gaggle of close contributors and campaigners. Few were expecting the power plays his administration made within the first two weeks of…

Marijuana, Mass Incarceration and the War on Drugs

THE ‘IRRATIONAL’ CRIMINALIZATION OF MARIJUANA On the 8th of November California became the fifth state to pass a ballot measure that will legalize recreational marijuana use. Twenty-nine states and the District of Colombia have laws permitting marijuana use for medical…

The Frightening Increasing Pertinence of Marx’s Social Theory

My intention is not to bore you with the complexities of Marx’s writing, nor is it to provide a comprehensive explication of his often convoluted teachings—which would require innumerable hours of work on both our parts. Rather, I hope to…

The High Toll of Being Poor in the U.S.A.

Impoverished Americans face a myriad of problems unknown to the middle and upper class, the most significant of which are regressive costs. Officially, 14.8% of people in the United States live in poverty. Furthermore, 20% of Americans use alternative financial…

A Rigged System or the Democratic Party?

The 2016 Presidential elections cycle is an historical anomaly in American politics. From a record-setting seventeen Republican primary candidates to the most successful campaign led by a self-identified socialist candidate, there are few remaining indications required to demonstrate the ideological…