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Braden Flax


Language and our tendency to self-absolve

There are points at which the way we discuss destructive behavior, whether of ourselves or others, becomes the abuse, as opposed to the use, of the language that should represent a tool for validation and resolution.

The problem with Jeff Bezos’s philanthropy

Collective crises require collective solutions, rather than the appropriation of agency, responsibility, and credit by so narrow a source as a well-funded, and often ill-advised, financial titan.

The facts aren’t everything

Facts, I do not deny, have their place and usefulness. But the liberals who are repudiated by a disillusioned public do not get to lay claim to them perpetually, and even where they’re right, they’d be well-advised to check their pretentious attitude — if not for the sake of Trump, then for the persuasion of those who regard him in a positive light.

Turn off the winter

If our own administration could warm the outside as readily as the inside, why would they do otherwise?

Correcting the record on Cami Anderson

The alleged merits of ThirdWay are predicated on Anderson's own credentials, which, given her behavior as superintendent of Newark Schools, bodes ill for the organization so long as she heads it.

Compelling conformity

Ironically, children are sometimes better-equipped to exemplify the advocacy and assertiveness that the rest of us might do well to more frequently adopt.

Speakers who comfort

It's all well and good to have a healthy respect for life experience. But which people we choose to listen to most reveals features of the ideological and cultural structures to which we pledge allegiance in our actions, more so than in our words.  

Disrespect is not an ‘honor’

May there not be, as Michaela Daniel ’21 says, “one more moment of peace” until these grievances are meaningfully redressed in a manner that treats students as the centrality of campus life, and expands justice outward from our university, constituting the “service of humanity.”

A more honorable honor code

Cheating and dissent should be greeted with mandatory transport to Yale University; only favorites will be embraced by the comparatively warm, protectively soothing arms of a swift death.