Posts byRado Baarda

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” ― Thomas Jefferson

No License, No Job

What do occupations such as makeup artists, florists, interior designers, and electricians have in common with, for example, doctors? Well, the answer is simple: they all require an occupational license. In fact, in the United States, over 30% of all occupations now require such a permit to perform their service legally. The reason for their existence is

Innovation, Has It Lost Its Magic?

“We wanted flying cars; instead, we got 140 characters” – Peter Thiel

One of the most significant forces behind economic growth is that of innovation. The consistent creation of new ideas and the perpetual improvement of existing products has led to unprecedented societal enhancements over the past 200 years. Since the industrial revolution happened in the 18th century, civilization has been introduced to numerous inventions that have pushed

The Barbarians Sacked Washington D.C.

A New Infamous Day in United States History

The following is an opinion piece written by Rado Baarda (editor-in-Chief) and Sofia Quinones-Vilela (Head Columnist North America). The article contains strong language in the way it describes the events of January 6th and those leading up to it. While much can be said about the 2020 election, the true problem for the United States

The Politicization of the Supreme Court

Democrats, Stop Breaking the Political Norms

Ever since the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the nomination of now-Justice Amy Coney Barrett, the Supreme Court’s independence has been under attack. Mainstream Democratic politicians have exclaimed that the now substantial majority of Republican appointees on the country’s highest Court has destroyed judicial neutrality. Court-packing—the process of adding additional justices in order

The Current Bandage Has Not Healed the Festering Wound

How education in the United States is in desperate need of reform

When thinking about schooling in the United States, one often only conjures up an image of the countries’ institutions of higher education. These prestigious institutions are continuously ranked the highest in the world in every list available. They, however, often mask the problems Americans face in their K-12 education to the outside world. While parents

November’s Fight is Far From Over

The Republican National Convention, which took place during the last week of August, showed that the race for the 2020 presidential election is far from over. Having the luxury position of reacting to the message sent out a week earlier by the Democratic National Convention, the RNC. was able to strategically contrast both parties’ standpoints.

How America Can Stay Ahead

Policies That Should Be Bipartisan

With the 2020 election getting closer, it is time to start thinking about the policies and reforms that most Americans would like to see implemented. The main problem in these discussions is that currently, all federal politicians are in lockstep with their party. There is a sentiment that, no matter how pressing some of these

Michael Flynn – The Victim of a Rogue FBI

“This is not the department of let’s see if we can get away with it, and it is not the department of let’s see who we can get fired. It is the department of justice.” – Trey Gowdy

RussiaGate – The FBI probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia – feels like it happened a lifetime ago, but new revelations in the case against Mike Flynn temporarily brought new attention to this period. While the question of whether or not there was any collusion is a matter that has been

The Democratic Primaries

COVID-19, a few months ago nobody knew what it was and now it is all anyone ever talks about. The current pandemic has caused many their lives and has halted the economy to a standstill. The news media are hyper-focused on the subject to a point where it feels like there is nothing else going

The Re-establishment of Deterrence – The Death of Soleimani

“Deterrence is hard to establish and easy to lose.” – Victor Davis Hansen

On January 3rd, General Qasem Soleimani – whom many saw as Iran’s second most powerful man – was taken out by a U.S. airstrike while driving to the Baghdad international airport. According to a statement from the Pentagon the decisive action was taken at the direction of President Donald Trump in order to protect U.S.

Democrats Announce Articles For Impeachment

Last Tuesday, House Democrats announced their impeachment charges against President Donald J. Trump. This happened after an almost two-and-a-half-month-long impeachment inquiry into the Trump-Ukraine scandal. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler announced during a press conference that his committee is introducing two articles on impeachment, charging the president with high crimes and misdemeanors. The first article

A European Fiscal Union? No, Thank You

Before addressing the topic of a European fiscal union, it is important to remember that the EU is made up out of different countries. These nations are represented by their elected governments who in turn have to create solutions for local problems. This is important because of the fact that local government is closer to

Defending Liberalism

This week the Room for Discussion interviewed professor Deirdre McCloskey

What is liberalism and how does one defend liberalism when faced with modern-day problems? That was the theme of the latest Room for Discussion interview with professor Deirdre McCloskey. When professor McCloskey stepped on stage, she jokingly remarked that the audience would have to wait a little longer than usual because she is getting a

The Case Against Universal Basic Income

How the current advancement in the state of technology requires a necessary correction, but not the one people think they need.

The 21stcentury is already characterized by its technological innovation. It is an era in which artificial intelligence, robotics, engineering and many other fields are developing at a speed that has never been seen before. The number of jobs that can be automated is growing at an exponential rate. Nowadays, simple tasks such as handling cash