Category: United States

The Incompatibility of Neoliberalism and Education: Chile’s Lesson

The recent election of Donald Trump has generated widespread concerns of a return to the kind of neoliberal policies that dominated Western economics  in the latter half of the 20th century. Neoliberalism policy relies on a deregulated and decentralized free…

Betsy DeVos and the Uncertainty of America’s Public Education System

Starting two weeks before his inauguration on January 20, 2017, President Donald Trump’s numerous cabinet picks underwent Senate confirmation hearings. With Republicans controlling the Senate, Democrats have grilled nominees in hopes that a few Republican senators may in fact vote against the…

Gender Equality and the Economy

In the United States’s last election cycle, the world came close to the most powerful person on Earth being a woman. While it is an important step for a woman to get so close, the United States has still not…

I am Woman, Hear Me March

“The next 1,459 days of the Trump administration will be 1,459 days of resistance: Resistance on the ground, resistance in the classrooms, resistance on the job, resistance in our art and in our music.”  Angela Davis The past week has…

Breaking the Cycle of the Chicago Police Department

In the summer of 2016, I worked as an embedded journalist for Mikva Challenge, a Chicago-based non-profit. The organization was founded 30 years ago by Judge Abner Mikva, a progressive jurist who believed that young people could be a force…

David Adjaye and Living Architecture

Despite its aesthetic affectations, urban architecture is far from a politically-detached art form. The city, as an organic entity unto itself and tangible representative of human civilisation, acts as both facilitator of inclusion and aggravator of inequality, often simultaneously. The…

The Rise of Reactionaries: An End to Ideological Politics?

Seventeen years ago, the twenty-first century was given a rousing reception, seen as the harbinger of hopeful times in the West after the fall of the Soviet Union. Since then, unrelenting reference has been made to the implications of the…

Donald Trump: The Master of Debt and King of Hypocrisy

The post-Obama period will be crucial in terms of securing and consolidating the positive economic growth that has developed in the past 8 years. The United States’ economy has returned to its pre-recession size, with a robust job market and low unemployment…

The End of an Era: Can Trump and Brexit be Good for the Economy?

2016 has been a historic year in the Western liberal political tradition. Events like the Brexit referendum in June, and the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the USA in November have created much uncertainty about the…