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We, Patriots?

What exactly is patriotism? From whence does it come? What is its purpose? Is it an important value to possess? Everyone from PA students to President Bush at least claims to know what honoring one’s country means. Do correct answers to the above questions even exist? The simple answer would be “no.” Why, then, does…

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The WMD’s, Mr. Bush

“We will find weapons of mass destruction,” drones the Bush administration in an all-too-familiar briefing. It sounds strangely similar to what they’ve been saying since even before UN Resolution 1441. In a war that was justified by nothing else but the existence of these weapons, and has arguably been shaped by the search for them,…

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Mandatory Misery

Upper spring has arrived for the Class of 2004, and in this time of stress, some of us turn to drugs, or, failing at that, to things that look like drugs. For example, my roommate recently spent a part of one night working above a mirror on his desk, making lines of baking soda as…

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Give Me a Break

Do Americans work too hard? This might seem like a strange question to ask at a time when so many US citizens are suffering from the hardships of unemployment, but the answer may surprise you. According to the International Labor Organization, Americans currently work on average 1,978 hours annually, as reported by The New York…

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Machiavelli at the Bat

When Nicolo Machiavelli asserted that the ends justify the means, he did not intend any sort of moral statement. Rather, he meant that over time, the court of public opinion judges political actions not on whether they are accomplished through “legitimate” means, but on whether the actions succeed and on their end results. If our…

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