The Danger of Authoritarian Rhetoric

When the Wall Street Journal published an article titled “The Shame of Princeton,” I knew something was wrong. But it was only upon hearing Professor Emeritus Richard Falk deliver the 11th Edward Said Memorial Lecture that I realized just how harmful the words of a “respected” academic can be. On February 18, Falk spoke about…


Answering Liberal Ethics

In debates over controversial social issues, liberals often invoke a version of what philosophers call the harm principle. It goes like this: Adults should be legally permitted to do whatever they desire provided that they do not harm themselves or any other parties without the consent of all parties involved. The harm principle justified practices…


The Powers Our President Ought Not Have

This past January, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in a seemingly insignificant dispute between a Washington bottling company and the National Labor Relations Board. Noel Canning vs. National Labor Relations Board, however, will be the first major case to consider the President’s power to make recess appointments. This power is…

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Letter from the Publisher

This is my last issue as Publisher of the Tory, so I’m going to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our loyal readers and to introduce our next Publisher – Zach Horton ’15. Zach has done a great job as Editor-in-Chief for the last year, and I’m looking forward to seeing where he takes the magazine in the next year.

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Rubik’s Cube Politics: Hungarian Nationalism and Conservative International Relations

One of the joys of studying abroad in Budapest is discovering the small, strange differences between Hungary and the US. Hungarians will use the English word “hello” to mean “goodbye,” public displays of affection are much more accepted, and belching is perfectly acceptable whenever animals are present. Hungarians are also curiously proud of the Rubik’s Cube; the famous toy was invented by a Hungarian.


Automation and Police Work

In recent years, red light cameras (RLCs) and automated speed cameras have flooded our roadways, prompting citizens groups dedicated to the cameras’ eradication to form across the country. But these groups, the National Motorists Association foremost among them, aren’t taking the right approach in their camera critique. They most commonly claim that cities install cameras simply to raise revenue; they don’t actually improve driver safety because they encourage drivers to dangerously slam the brakes or step on the gas in an effort to escape intersections before lights change.


Dear Colleague Coercion

On April 4, 2011, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released what became known as the “Dear Colleague” letter, urging colleges and universities to review their policies regarding the investigation and punishment of sexual violence. An environment made unsafe by sexual violence, the letter states, impairs students’ ability to learn, and constitutes an illegal violation of their right to an education free from discrimination.