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The Eiffel Tower Goes Dark

November 13th, 2015, marks “the worst terrorist attack in Europe in 11 years.” This attack, conducted by ISIS, killed over 129 men and women and injured more than 350 people, 99 of which are in critical condition. There were six attack locations, with most deaths occurring at the Bataclan concert hall (89 dead) and other smaller attacks happening at a stadium and various restaurants and bars. These victims are from around the world. Britain, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Romania, Tunisia, Portugal, and the…

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GOP Debate: The Losers

While Cruz and Rubio owned the night, several other candidates did little but sow doubts about their future viability. However, Trump and Carson are in a category of their own. The Underperformers Kasich: Ohio Governor John Kasich started out forcefully, criticizing other candidates’ tax plans for relying on dubious assumptions, hammering Trump’s position on immigration, and attacking Carson’s tax plan. That attack was one of his first strategic mistakes. Regardless of his positions, Republicans would be wise to tread carefully around Dr. Carson….

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GOP Debate: The Winners

The GOP came into Boulder looking for direction due to Trump’s slump, Bush’s underwhelming candidacy, and Carson’s sudden rise to the top of the polls. All these elements have muddled the race over the past few weeks. The CNBC Republican debate provided the party with much-needed direction and set a new tone for the race. As for the actual debate, National Review provided the best and most concise summary with its headline “A Big Night for the GOP’s Cuban-American Duo”, as there were two…

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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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OPINION: Axler the Ideologue

Disclaimer: the views of the author do not reflect the views of The Virginia Advocate, nor do they constitute an endorsement made by either the author or the publication. Locher vs. Axler. The Pragmatist vs. the Ideologue. This student council election cycle we are faced with a choice, not an echo. We will choose either pragmatic moderation or unrealistic idealism. A brief glance at the platforms of the two candidates for student council president yields a distinction hard to miss. Mr. Grove’s platform is…

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Elections: How You Shouldn’t Vote

The polls for student elections opened today at 10:00am and will close at 4:00pm next Thursday, February 26. With so much time to vote, and so many candidates from which to choose, here is how you shouldn’t vote this election season. 1. Don’t vote for your friends. Let’s be real, despite what they tell you at orientation about the grandeur of self-government, student elections tend to devolve into a popularity contest. There are few problems in college that students can take seriously, and…

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College Republicans Endorse Student Candidates

As the candidates for the UVa’s upcoming student body elections gear up for their campaigning, at least one student organization has determined which candidates they are endorsing: the College Republicans at the University of Virginia (CRs). As an officially-sanctioned “endorsing organization” by the University Board of Elections (UBE), College Republicans are given the “opportunity to voice their approval for candidates in a public manner” in exchange for adhering to certain standards that “ensure equal opportunity for all candidates,” according to the UBE….

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VIDEO: Proof of Voter Fraud in Virginia?

The following is a homemade video from a voter in Virginia who went to the polls today. Disconcertingly, every time the voter selected the box for the Republican candidate on the touch screen, the computer selected the Democratic candidate. According to the video description, a poll worker informed the voter that it was a “calibration issue,” although the voter reported that on a lesser ballot for city council members, the same issue was not present. You decide: is this proof of voter…

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CRs and UDems Come Together

Last Saturday, the College Republicans and University Democrats came together for a service project at a local park. Although this is not the first time that the CRs and UDems have found common ground, this is the first event within recent memory whose primary purpose is non-political. The two groups cleaned up the park and trimmed some tree branches during their rare coming together. Collaboration between the UDems and CRs, however, is not unprecedented. Just last week, after a visit from a group…

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AEI at UVa: Is Obamacare Really Working?

After months of multiple site crashes, extended deadlines, and resulting ridicule, Democrats finally rejoiced as the White House announced on April 1 that 7.1 million people enrolled in the first round of Obamacare signups. Conservatives, however, tried to defy this triumphant narrative on Tuesday as Alex Brill, an American Enterprise Institute Scholar, and Dr. Peter Puzio, a local neurologist, spoke to University students about the difficulties ahead.

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