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Tory Quiz

Are You A Good Ally? How Woke Are You? In this day and age, it is important that allies of student activists be aware of the protests that are sweeping the nation’s college campuses. In order to help allies stay woke, the Tory presents its quiz on student activism. Part 1: Who Said It? 1)…

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The Western Water Hemlock: Judicial Activism Nurtures the Most Toxic Plant in Modern North America

  With the 2015 video scandal which questioned Planned Parenthood funding and possible medical malpractice; with the 50th Anniversary of Griswold v. Connecticut; with the on-coming 2016 US Presidential Election; and with the tragic passing of the most senior member of the United States Supreme Court, millennials find that they must accelerate their understanding of…

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Letter From the Publisher: Helping Our Neighbors

Greetings, Tory Reader! C.S. Lewis once posited that “you can make anything by writing.” It is because I believe in the power of the written word – in print or on-screen – that I have greatly enjoyed serving as writer and managing editor for the Tory for the last year. And it is with an…

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John C. Calhoun’s Concurrent Majority

As an antithesis of the unalienable individual rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, one of the things that this country’s founders feared most is the tyranny of the majority. It was for the prevention of such tyranny that the Constitution was written to limit the federal government and provide for checks and…

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Professor Profile: Philosophy Professor Gideon Rosen

Editor’s Note: The Tory’s Matthew Penza ’19 sat down with Gideon Rosen, Stuart Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University, to discuss his academic work and the 2016 presidential election.  The views expressed herein are those of the respective speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the Tory.  A transcript of the interview follows, edited for…

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The Conservative Case for a Federal Pay Increase

During the last months of 2015, Congressional leaders passed a budget agreement to fund the federal government through 2017 and avert another potential shutdown. This $1.1 trillion budget agreement raises spending by $66 billion and increases the national deficit by approximately $500 billion. However, despite such massive spending increases, the budget agreement does not give…

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Race Matters: Let’s Talk About It

“The astonishing disappearance of the [Rodney King riots] from public dialogue is testimony to how painful and distressing engagement with race is. Our truncated public discussions suppress the best of who are what we are as a people because they fail to confront the complexity of the issue in a candid and critical matter.” –Cornel…

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Rating Citizens in China

Buy video games online? That’ll hurt you. Criticize, even slightly, the Chinese government or the Communist Party on social media? That will definitely cost you. Even having friends who do these things online will harm you when it comes to your “social-credit score,” a new system set to be implemented for all Chinese citizens by…

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ISIS Delenda Est: A New U.S. Strategy for Iraq and Syria

For the past two years, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has terrorized the Middle East and conquered vast territories in Iraq and Syria. In response, the United States and a coalition of nations, in coordination with the Iraqi Army, Kurdish forces, and Syrian opposition groups, has conducted airstrikes aimed at stopping ISIS.…

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Comfortably Outraged: Community and MLK at Occupy Nassau

The campus unrest over conflicting visions of diversity and inclusion culminating in the Occupy Nassau protest was a somewhat predictable, if jarring, result of opportunism in the wake of the Mizzou and Yale controversies, but tracing the intellectual roots of the matter would be difficult even if every voice involved spoke consistently. Interestingly, though defenses…