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Disloyal Virginia?

As England’s oldest overseas possession, Virginia was where British rule in North America began. But it was also where it ended, and more intriguingly, Loyalists remained insignificant there throughout the Revolution. Given the colony’s close ties with Britain, as well as its proud title “The Old Dominion”, it seems strange at first glance. This anomaly occurred, however, as Virginian elites quickly filled in the power vacuum left by the sudden downfall of British governance. Ineffective leadership, the royal governor’s abrupt exile, and…

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LETTER: On Japan’s Remilitarization

From California to Connecticut, from Chicago to Charlottesville, the recent amendment to the Peace Constitution— which allows  which allows Japan to take offensive military actions if necessary— is raising concerns among Korean expatriate communities in American colleges. Believe it or not, a considerable number of Koreans believe that history is repeating itself and that a Japanese invasion in response to North Korea’s destabilizing provocations is around the corner. To a vast number of Koreans, the precedent of dynastic Korea’s futile diplomatic attempts…

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Marx and Libertarianism

The Marx-Engels Reader is hardly the hallowed tome of choice for most students on the political right, yet after one gets past its Soviet color scheme, there is a surprising amount of material that relates to libertarian democratic principles. Specifically, in Marx’s “Contributions to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right,” he argues that democracy is not merely a form of government, but the human basis from which all particular forms of government sprout. This challenges the libertarian thinker to consider whether…

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SCOTUS Promises 125th Exciting Term in a Row

               On Monday, October 5, the Supreme Court will hear the first oral arguments of its 125th term, a term that will include a number of cases that have the potential to overturn decades of precedent and convince many on the left, who celebrated last term as a liberal turning point, that their faith was misplaced and premature.         One of the cases the Supreme Court has decided to take on is Evenwel…

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Celebrating Israel Independence Day

I stood by the grave of American Max Steinberg in Jerusalem as sobs began to rip through my whole body. Max’s tombstone was littered with Birthright lanyards to commemorate the 24-year-old’s first trip to Israel, which convinced him to move to and serve the country. I was on my own Birthright trip at the time, a paid 10-day visit to Israel for Jewish young adults that attempts to foster a connection between personal identity and history. Our mifgashim, a term used to…

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Retractions Don’t Work

Following tradition, The Cavalier Daily published their annual April Fools Day edition on Wednesday, expecting to shed some light-hearted humor on an otherwise gloomy semester. Instead, their managing board was greeted with a “Trail of Schmears” as controversy erupted over some not-so politically correct articles that left students with mouths agape and muttering, “too soon.” Rather than starting a discussion about themed fraternity parties or the ABC arrest of Martese Johnson, The Cavalier Daily inadvertently ignited a debate about free speech and…

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OPINION: No Judgment, No Scruples

I was headed for Cohn’s to pick up a snack when I ran into the protests that blocked traffic on University Avenue. Here I saw one of the more disturbing sights of my life: The protestors were blocking the hospital’s employee shuttle, while screaming “We won’t move!” squarely at the driver as he was gently and patiently trying to navigate the crowd. After at least ten minutes (the vehicle was there when I arrived), the shuttle was forced to turn around. From…

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LETTER: A Rush to Judgment

On the evening of March 18th a large mass of students and faculty gathered to protest the brutal arrest of Martese Johnson on March 17th.  The Charlottesville police, the University, and the Commonwealth of Virginia were all denounced at this gathering for racial prejudice against African Americans. After but one day of consideration and after few questions have been answered, related to the Johnson case, damning assertions have been made regarding a great number of people. A rush to judgement has occurred…

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LETTER: In Defense of Thomas Jefferson

Alexander Adames recently wrote an article titled “The Misguided Exaltation of Jefferson: Students should refrain from venerating Thomas Jefferson” for The Cavalier Daily. The basis of the article is that because Jefferson owned slaves in his private life, Jefferson should not be admired as a great man with deep respect. It disturbed me to read this article, for it seemed that he was establishing a ridiculous standard for admiration, simultaneously rejecting proper historical approach. One of the most important issues with this…

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Forget Them Not: Aiding Christians in the Middle East

On February 15th, students commendably held a vigil in the Amphitheater for three Muslims who were senselessly killed near the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. What is not as well-known, though, was that another vigil occurred in the Chapel last Sunday for twenty-one Copts who were murdered by the Islamic State (ISIS) due to their Christian faith. As a participant myself, I was proud to see Catholics, Orthodox, Protestants, Jews, Muslims, and even atheists gathering to oppose all religious hatred. Yet, why must the University community continue to pay attention when it…

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