On the Merits of Open Discourse

There are some topics that are simply taboo to discuss. Race, religion, sex, and politics are some of these taboo topics. Of course, it depends on the person too, but many will shudder at the introduction of these topics into conversation. It may be seen as rude, awkward, or wholly inappropriate, but why is this so? Are there topics that just shouldn’t be discussed?

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On the Merits of Humble Discourse

We’ve all had conversations with undesirable people. In our conversations, the other person may advance a position that seems utterly absurd, or we may have had prior conversations with them which have resulted in frustration. As a result, it’s far too easy to disregard their arguments on account of the way they’re phrased or our prior experiences with the individual. Perhaps, too, an individual presents an argument that sounds all-too-familiar to us, and we jump to the conclusion that we know exactly what they’re going to say. It’s tempting to disregard the arguments themselves or to avoid expending the energy to seriously consider them, but are we justified in doing so?

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The Basics of Vegan Nutrition

Many people erroneously believe that vegan diets cause poor health and cannot provide sufficient nutrients. In reality, vegan diets can provide an individual with all of the nutrients they need to be healthy, and vegan diets are linked with lower instances of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some forms of cancer (Dietitians of Canada). A healthy diet is one that is informed and adequately planned. As such, both those who consume animal products and those who do not can be unhealthy or malnourished, but only due to insufficient planning or education, not by the merit of their dietary restrictions. With that out of the way, this essay will explore the ways in which vegans can get sufficient macronutrients (i.e. carbohydrates, fats, and proteins) and micronutrients (i.e. vitamins and minerals) in their diets.

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An Exposition on Legitimacy, Authority, and Sovereignty

“True republicanism is the sovereignty of the people,” once spoke Marquis de Lafayette (Kramer 256), but what did he mean by this? The concepts of legitimacy, authority, and sovereignty are essential to any critical understanding of politics. These concepts will be explored over the course of this essay, especially in their relation to government and to the state.

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The Romanticism of MØ

Karen Marie Ørsted, better known by her artist-name, MØ, is a Danish music artist whom focuses on the themes of the ideals of youthfulness, the perils of adulthood, and the difficult transition between the two.  Her music is a work of romanticism and it serves to challenge the status quo of contemporary adulthood by rejecting its serious, demanding, and cold foundations. She emphasizes the importance of enjoying the spontaneous and emotional moments that are often fleeting. She reminds us that experiences can be valuable purely insofar as they provide us joy, and her music highlights the way in which romanticism can lead to a greatly enriched and fulfilling life.

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An Exposition on Power


There are no universally accepted definitions for the term, power, and its interpretation varies according to one’s perspective. With that said, the concept of power is still important for critically understanding, assessing, and evaluating relationships. Whether this relationship is as broad in scope as a government or society, or whether it is as narrow in scope as an interpersonal relationship, power is an essential dynamic to relationships. The purpose of this essay is to provide a more nuanced overview of the definition, distribution, and uses of power than is typically found in colloquial usage.

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