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Josh Jones
Josh Jones is a libertarian-leaning columnist for The Stanford Daily and serves as Executive Editor of The Stanford Review. The son of a Marine, Josh has lived in various places around the globe, but usually identifies as a Southern Californian. While he enjoys reading, writing, and exercising, he believes that God and family are the true sources of happiness in his life. He plans to major in Public Policy and attend law school.

More tea, anyone?

While it’s all good and fun to be the ideological purists on the fringe, the goal of any national movement is to garner popular support and enact lasting change. What many forget is that the Tea Party is a revival of conservative ideology, not an actual party. The establishment can only gloat so much when they are being stiff-armed into adopting their opponents’ positions.

Democrats, don’t fight on Benghazi

The priorities of the people should always be the priorities of its politicians. If constituents are urging their representatives to dig deeper into Benghazi – a recent Rasmussen poll confirmed that 51 percent of Americans believe the issue merits further investigation – then that is exactly what politicians should spend their time doing. And if lawmakers misread our true needs or desires, it is our responsibility and ours alone to send that message at the ballot box. Soon we will have the opportunity to do just that.

Limit government, not speech

In giving government the power to license and regulate to protect our citizens and push for social equality, we have also given special interests strong incentives to shape public policy. In placing restrictions (however well-intentioned) on voluntary associations and exchanges, we have given the most powerful and affluent in our society the ability to use the legally sanctioned coercion of the state to stamp out their competitors and prey upon the weak. If we want a free society, we need to restrict the power of the state, not the power of private citizens and organizations.

ASSU Elections: A case study

The greatest obstacles our nation faces today are its uninformed electorate and its tendency to allow others to do our research and thinking for us. After witnessing the ASSU Elections last week, I realized campus politics were the perfect case study for these same problems. If we truly want to see change in our country, we need to care enough to do our own research, verify the facts with multiple sources and vote intelligently.

Non-Intervention Never Sounded so Good

As a 22-year-old college student, I recognize I am not expected to speak on foreign policy. Yet I write today as both a Marine Corps brat and a concerned citizen who has seen his country in a state of war for the greater part of his life. I was only nine years old when terrorists…

“Compassionate Conservatism” and the Unemployment Debate

For weeks, President Obama and the Democrats have been fighting to restore extensions to the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program. But on Feb. 6, Republicans blocked the $6 billion three-month extension in the Senate, insisting that their amendments and suggestions had not been considered. The extension would have increased financial assistance for the unemployed from the…

The State of the Executive

The President’s State of the Union last Tuesday was somewhat conventional with its heartwarming accounts of American industry and selective use of statistics, but it definitely provided a good snapshot of the current role of the executive branch in American politics. The issue that has received the most attention from media outlets was President Obama’s…
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