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Points and Punts

The Black Justice League has denounced Woodrow Wilson’s unquestionable racism and claims that that by “fail[ing] to stand up against or acknowledge the wrongdoings of a man who proudly branded himself a racist,” Princeton continues “to subjugate, oppress and ignore the existence of [its] students of color.” This accusation is entirely unwarranted. Racial oppression in…

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The Tory’s Guide to Spring 2016 Courses

“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.” -Franklin Delano Roosevelt. To this end, The Tory hopes to help our readers make wise selections for their spring 2016 class schedule. In alphabetical order, we present our top ten recommended courses to…

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Not With a Bang, But a Whine

The recent uproars at the University of Missouri and Yale have been bludgeoned to death with analysis, roundly criticized by publications from the Atlantic to the Wall Street Journal and everyone in between. And rightly so: what we’ve seen in Columbia and New Haven has been nothing short of lunacy: protests spawned from wisps of…

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Letter from the Publisher

Welcome back! As I wrote in my letter for our last edition, we closed school last year on something of a strange, new note. Princeton students, defying the old stereotype that cast them as politically disinterested and perhaps even uninformed, protested in public, in print, and by petition on a range of issues from campus…

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The Editors’ Guide to Free Speech on Campus

In late July, the University of New Hampshire issued a “Bias-Free Language Guide” designed to help students “invite inclusive excellence” on campus. To many commenters, the Guide represented the apex of political correctness and asinine policymaking. Why? The word ‘American’ is ‘problematic’ because it excludes residents of other North and South American nations. Instead, students…

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No Verbs in Sight: Our Feckless Foreign Policy

When President Obama spoke at American University on August 5 to promote his nuclear agreement with Iran, he was hoping to invite comparison to President John F. Kennedy through the choice of place, time, and language. President Kennedy too chose American University as the location for an important address about nuclear policy, and August 5th…

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European Separatism: Scotland, Catalonia, and Growing Divisions in the EU

Despite the recent stability among Europe’s nation-states, the continent has for generations been incredibly divided. In addition to wars and centuries-long rivalries, the demographic composition of the states themselves has often been a source of conflict. As alliances, conquests, and marriages merged the territories of Europe’s many kingdoms over the centuries, minority groups were invariably…

Americans at Heart: Honoring our Honorary Citizens

Speaking at a ceremony conferring honorable citizenship upon Winston Churchill, President John F. Kennedy praised the former British prime minister for his “zest for freedom” in the face of grave danger. “Whenever and wherever tyranny threatened,” said Kennedy, “he has always championed liberty.” Indeed, this heroic support of political freedom and liberty is an extraordinary…

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The Twin Tragedies of Burwell and Obergefell

To phrase things delicately, the Supreme Court’s recent decisions in King v. Burwell and Obergefell v. Hodges are unequivocally horrendous. Legal textualists and political conservatives will remember these majority opinions as among the worst of the twenty-first century. While Kelo v. New London and NFIB v. Sebelius were equally despicable, these cases at least were…