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The Lost Left

Hayden Couvillion

Over the past two weeks the politics of the center-left have come back into focus. First with the release of the new media platform, Verrit, followed quickly thereafter with the leaked excerpts of Hillary Clinton’s new book, What Happened.

Each of these events on their own are one-off stories of a disgruntled member of the political class, yet together they form a fuller picture of an unsure Democratic party clinging to a message that failed to resonate with voters. Continue reading “The Lost Left”

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The Contradiction of Personal Responsibility

Hayden Couvillion

PBS recounted a story in early of July of a four year old, who unable to pay for her breakfast, had her lunch dumped in the trash. The teaching assistant who witnessed the incident said “She did not protest, other than to walk away in tears.”

Known as ‘lunch shaming,’ throwing away a meal, or otherwise penalizing a student for their inability to pay for it is not unusual. According to the USDA, about half of all school districts shame their students if they cannot afford their breakfast or lunch. And the reasoning often falls outside budgetary concerns, instead falling within a school administration’s desire to teach kids and parents responsibility. As one commenter on a story outlining a similar lunch shaming incident wrote “Personal responsibility is important for these kids to learn.” Continue reading “The Contradiction of Personal Responsibility”

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The Story of Junaluska

Hayden Couvillion

Andrew Jackson has become a figure of historical fixation over the last few years . In April of last year, it was announced he was being removed from the twenty-dollar bill and replaced by a black woman he likely would have despised – Harriet Tubman. And it is well documented that Trump looks to Jackson as something of a historical role-model. In recent weeks Donald Trump has elevated Jackson’s historical standing, claiming Jackson would have prevented the Civil War. Continue reading “The Story of Junaluska”

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