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The Problem With Title IX and Why It Matters

The epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses and the often-shockingly inept manner in which universities handle allegations are much-discussed—and rightly so. But while the practices of specific institutions are often inspected in minute detail, the policy that currently regulates how universities deal with assault on a general level has escaped the critical commentary it…

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The Eating Clubs and Princeton University

In the first of a series of articles, the Tory examines the status of Princeton’s eating clubs and their relationships with the University. Introduction When Princeton undergraduates decided to break themselves off University sustenance in the late nineteenth century and form their own dining communities, they began a system that has lasted until today: the…

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King v. Burwell: Obamacare’s Greatest Threat

Ever since the Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a constitutional exercise of Congress’ power to tax in NFIB v. Sebelius (2012), opponents of the law have sought other legal avenues to overturn or cripple parts of the law. This has included a common…

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The Tory’s Guide to Spring Courses

Last semester we offered you, dear reader, a shortlist of ten recommended courses that we hoped might help you cobble together an enriching class schedule for the pursuit of the liberal arts (properly understood). We now present our recommendations for this spring: PHI301: Aristotle and His Successors– Every student of the liberal arts should study…

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Publisher’s Letter: On Moderation

Nobody likes an extremist. Fanatic, radical, firebrand, extremist. We have an arsenal of pejoratives for the politician too far on this or that side of the aisle. Yet for all the societal antipathy towards zealous demagogues, nobody seems to like so-called “moderates” either. The latter are often called wishy-washy, flip-flopping, or unprincipled. It seems a…

Letter to the Editor

Dear Sir, I must respectfully disagree with the premise of the “Rape Culture” article, namely that “if sex is meaningless, than rape is only as bad as a wet willy…”. In response, I’d like to use an example from Mean Girls, a 2004 film starring Lindsay Lohan. In the movie, Lindsay Lohan, playing a socially…

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Professor Profile: Melissa Lane

Melissa Lane is the Class of 1943 Professor of Politics at Princeton, and is currently serving a two-year term as the Associate Chair of the Department of Politics. She is also an associated faculty member in the Classics and Philosophy Departments. Professor Lane’s past writings have focused on the links between Greek political theory and…

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The Case for Positive Rights

According to libertarians, the only rights that should be legally recognized are what are often called negative rights, or rights of non-interference (like the rights not to be unjustly or non-consensually killed, enslaved, and bodily violated).[1] Under this conception of rights—call it the libertarian conception—positive rights or rights to goods or services (such as the…