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In Defense of the President’s War Powers

Since the founding of the Republic, the President and Congress have battled over how the power to initiate armed conflict on behalf of the United States of America ought to be balanced. Today, these conflicts manifest themselves primarily in political battles over the limitations on executive war powers, such as whether President Obama needs congressional…

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Alcohol Policy and the Need for Federalism

Ever since the United States gained its independence, a fierce debate has raged over just how much power the federal government ought to have compared to the states. Some argue that the federal government should have more power in order to make the country’s laws universal, claiming that it is not a good idea for…

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Totalitarianism and Dystopian Literature: A Review

The struggle against a totalitarian government is unsurprisingly a frequent theme in dystopian literature. Almost by definition the genre is set in a futuristic society characterized by extreme oppression and despondence. Malevolent autocrats at the helms of totalitarian governments have, throughout our history, been responsible for innumerable travesties. This young century alone has witnessed the…

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The Republican Party’s Path to Victory

Editor’s note–we are publishing this piece before we deliver hard copies of the magazine in order to ensure it can be viewed well in advance of the election. Other articles from our October issue will be released online after the magazines are distributed following Fall Break. The morning of November 7, 2012, Republicans across the…

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Greetings and welcome, Class of 2018!

Greetings and Welcome, Class of 2018! As I begin this letter, I fear that I will choke on all the standard welcome-to-campus cliches in this opening paragraph. To avoid platitudinal suffocation, let it suffice to say that we’re all glad you’re here, we look forward to meeting you, and, moreover, we hope that you will…

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The Editors’ Guide to Conservatism at Princeton

Dear fellow conservatives: as your parents, cousins, teachers, and priests have warned you (or, if you’re hiding in the closet from all of these, as you’ve quietly and hesitatingly admitted to yourself), you are about to enter a trying, if exhilarating, four years. Every undergraduate’s views here are developing, changing, expanding, and being challenged in…

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Rape Culture and the Paradox of Consent

The principal mistake of current rape-culture rhetoric is that it attempts to address the issue from within the framework of the hookup culture; that is, it first assumes that consent is the primary—if not only—moral criterion to be considered when it comes to sex (what I will call a “consent-only sexual ethic”) and then tries…

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McCullen v. Coakley and Unpopular Speech

At first glance, the Supreme Court’s recent, unanimous ruling in McCullen v. Coakley invalidating the Massachusetts Reproductive Health Care Facilities Act of 2007 seems to strike a decisive blow in favor of free speech. Allegedly passed to protect the safety of women entering an abortion clinic, the act prohibited anyone from “knowingly stand[ing] on a…

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The Adventure of the Temperate Life

It constantly struck me in my own freshman year that this was the fitting time for feats of raucousness, that drunkenness and intemperate passion were habits proper to youth or at least could be winked at on account of immaturity. As a young man they were almost not faults so much as nature itself, and…