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Free speech should make us squirm

Why is freedom of speech so important, anyway? If almost everyone agrees that a certain opinion is disgusting, or even just annoying, why should a minority of the population be allowed to hold and express that view? The truth is that the right to express an unpopular opinion is vital to a progressive society, in that it allows society to progress. Many ideas that are taken for granted now–that the Earth revolves around the sun, that women should have the right to vote–were once widely-ridiculed minority views.

In favor of the other Clinton, the other Bush

In his column “Not another Clinton, not another Bush,” Daily columnist Joel Gottsegen rightly points out the potential corrupting influence of nepotism in American politics. But, missing from Gottsegen’s impassioned advocacy is an analysis of why Clinton remains the frontrunner of the Democratic Party and why Bush tops the list of potential Republicans. Is it that Americans are so bedazzled by the personalities of political aristocrats that we become blind to the merit of its candidates? Are we unwilling to look beyond the party platform for political inspiration?

Bohemian Grove

So something is apparently going on in those woods. Not witches, no voodoo, not even debauched teenagers, but just neckties loosening, hands shaking, cigars smoking, and the system following suit with their subsequent hangovers.