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Ian Knight

Concerning the election

I doubt I am the only one who feels that this presidential election is particularly polarizing. And while this election is similar to previous ones in many embarrassingly monotonous ways, polls do indicate that there is a new kind of polarization in this election, specifically the higher tendency for voters to state that they are voting against the other candidate as opposed to voting for their candidate. This sounds like an electorate’s nightmare, as it can only lead to further voter dissatisfaction.

The problem with Michael Brown

In the weeks immediately following the shooting of Michael Brown, when not all the facts had come in, it may not have been wise to assume a preexisting narrative, but it was certainly excusable; people are emotional, especially regarding a subject as triggering and politically significant as that of police brutality against black people. What…

In defense of Gabriel Knight

NOTE: I do not have any familial relation to Gabriel Knight, as might be implied by our shared surname. I mention this only to discourage anyone from assuming that my argument is based in any part on such a relation. It goes almost without saying that the collective opinion regarding Gabriel Knight’s comments at the…

Up like Trump: An analysis of the Donald

These days, everyone seems to have an opinion on Donald Trump. Elitist billionaire turned presidential candidate, Trump has seized the attention of the nation by becoming the front-runner of the Republican Party candidates. Despite never having held political office, Trump claims that he has the business experience and audacious attitude necessary to “MAKE AMERICA GREAT…

Stanford students open for DJ Khaled in surprise performance

Around 3:00 PM yesterday afternoon, Snapchat user djkhaled305, the handle of prolific Snapchat savant and world famous musician DJ Khaled, uploaded two back-to-back, ten-second videos announcing a surprise promotional event at a location less than a mile away from the Stanford campus. The two videos, whose screenshots can be viewed below, reveal that the event will…

Freedom of expression in 2015

Continuing the trend of the hour, Yale University has been rocked in the past few weeks with students’ demands of retribution over the matter of free speech. Ironically, it escapes many young self-identifying Liberals that freedom of expression is a most basic Liberal ideal, as a frighteningly large fraction of students feel that speech they disagree with should be met with censorship or even punishment.

Un-ironic, Wise Old Man advice

I receive a plethora of emails every week from fellow Stanford students asking me for guidance. I try my best to listen considerately and respond with only my most thoughtful counsel, but I almost always end up giving the same suggestions. So I’ve decided to make a list of my top ten pieces of general advice for all the confused souls out there, especially for all my fellow Liberals at Stanford. Listen up, kids.

Response to ‘Islamophobia and the White moderate’

On Monday of last week, an article entitled “Islamophobia and the White moderate” by Osama El-Gabalawy appeared in The Stanford Daily in response to my article on the arrest of Ahmed Mohamed. In his article, Mr. El-Gabalawy claims that the opinion I expressed “obstructs our pursuit of justice,” framing his argument through a quote by…

America’s gun sickness

Consider for a moment that we live in a country where there exists a legally obtainable weapon that allows a single person with malicious intentions to kill or injure multiple people in a crowded place within a few minutes, perhaps seconds. In fact, the U.S. is plagued with the highest rate of gun-related deaths in the developed world at over 33,000 deaths per year, more than a third of which are homicides.

This is not Islamophobia

On Monday of last week, 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, a freshman at MacArthur High School in Irving, Texas, was arrested and interrogated by police after being suspected of constructing a hoax bomb and bringing it to school. Clad in a NASA T-shirt, the teenager and self-proclaimed future engineer maintained that the device, which consisted of a circuit board with wires leading to an electronic display all within a small briefcase, was a clock and nothing more.
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