Search Results for "liberty" : 29

by / on May 4, 2012 at 2:02 am / in Domestic, Healthcare, Judicial, Women's Rights

Obamacare’s Bitter Pill

…rning religion is unique – the courts only consider existing statues along with common law in cases of religious liberty. Today, the HHS mandate discounts law and precedent; the department applied the mandate to RFRA and defended it with Smith, an approach incompatible with the Supreme Court’s process of reviewing issues of religious liberty. As expounded in RFRA, the government may place a burden on a person’s liberty if the state has a compelli…

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by / on May 4, 2012 at 2:08 am / in Domestic, Student Stump, Women's Rights

Righting Women’s Rights

…nd establish a family. But who has control over the existence of the resulting zygote? A woman should have every liberty to make decisions for herself, but does she also hold the liberty of the being developing inside of her? Does she have the right to regulate the fetus, or does the fetus have its own rights? Women should have access to good healthcare and thorough education as they make their decisions. However, a woman’s freedom to make decisi…

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by / on February 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm / in Opinion, World

Unveiling the Burqa Debate

by In April of last year, France became the first European country to implement a ban on face veils. In keeping with the French tradition of using legislation to regulate the display of religious paraphernalia, the law subjects Muslim women who wear the burqa in public spaces to a fine of €150 or lessons in French Citizenship. Of course, the ban is divisive by nature and has flared domestic and international passions alike, causing a p…

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by / on May 27, 2008 at 9:15 pm / in Content, Domestic, Healthcare, Issue

(My) Impending Healthcare Crisis

…deral government in the world. President Franklin D. Roosevelt recognized the falseness of the dichotomy between liberty and security, and between freedom and equality, in the mid-twentieth century. His biographer, James MacGregor Burns, puts Roosevelt’s belief this way: “Individual political liberty and collective welfare were not only compatible, but they were mutually fortifying.” The unsolved domestic quandary of universal healthcare shows th…

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by / on November 11, 2007 at 10:44 am / in Cover Story, Domestic, Education, Media, National Security

Missing Pages

by Japanese historians Nozaki Yoshiko and Inokuchi Hiromatsu once described school textbooks as an “important site [for] creating and disseminating narratives.” By projecting a specific viewpoint of an event on the impressionable minds of students, the books can “readily reinforce dominant ideologies.” A major occurrence in history can be spun in different ways, depending on the words used to describe it. The at…

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by / on December 2, 2007 at 5:06 am / in Content, Issue, National Security

New History, Old History

…Art by Taimur Malik “History has an ebb and flow of justice, but history also has a visible direction set by liberty and the Author of Liberty,” President Bush remarked in his second inauguration speech. There is a reference to God here, but also, perhaps, a reference to Hegel. For Bush, the “visible direction” is, indeed, very visible: “We are the nation that saved liberty in Europe and liberated death camps and helped raise up democracies a…

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by / on December 19, 2011 at 11:46 pm / in Campus, Middle East, Protests, Student Stump

Arab Springs To No Avail

by Illustration by Amalia Rinehart Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine By Candace Lukasik: Among the Arab revolutions of the last year, there is one struggle for justice that has endured since 1948: The occupation of Palestine. The Arab Spring offers new hope for a shift in the Palestinian condition of dispossession, discrimination, and death. The Arab revolutions grew out of a sustained hope for freedom. Grassroots mass mobili…

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by / on December 19, 2011 at 11:39 pm / in Business, Campus, Domestic, Protests

Occupation Nation

by Illustration by Stephanie Mannheim Recently, the Washington Post ran an editorial by Ed Rogers called “OWS is over.” Writing that the movement “never constituted any class, or even a sub-class, to begin with,” Rogers argues, “It is possible the OWS movement will infest public space again. But they won’t be forming the core of Obama reelection rallies – or at least he hopes not.  Only the most marginal Democratic officials would app…

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by / on April 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm / in Domestic, Most Recent Column, Op-Ed, Opinion

We The People, They The People

by In “A Matter of Interpretation,” Justice Scalia contends that the only correct way to interpret a democratically adopted document like the U.S. Constitution is by looking into the “original meaning” of the text. He insists that the judge’s role in interpreting the Constitution ought to be limited to that of safeguarding the “fixed” constitutional values as understood by the people who ratified it, until the people themselves choose…

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by / on December 5, 2004 at 2:11 pm / in Blast from the Past, Domestic, Election, National Security

A Question of Vision

by Former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry had an impressive biography but no coherent policy vision. Stuck in the wilderness for at least another two years, the Democratic Party has conjured the spirits of conventional wisdom, and they have spoken. “The Democrats produce a litany of concerns, while the Republicans have a narrative,” says James Carville. “Democrats must speak in a language that allows all voters to know we…

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