Articles written by: Billy Nicol

The Gilded Age an apt mirror of today’s wealth
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The Gilded Age an apt mirror of today’s wealth

Mark Twain once wrote of the Gilded Age (the era between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of the first World War), “It is a time when one’s spirit is subdued and sad, one knows not why; when the past seems a storm-swept desolation, life a vanity […]

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US health care too costly; ACA causing dispute

Since the disastrous launch of Healthcare.gov, the website designed to enroll Americans in insurance programs under the Affordable Care Act, the White House has been struggling to reassure the public that the ACA (commonly called Obamacare) is still going to work. The political climate surrounding the ACA has grown heated: […]

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Minimum wage increase makes $ense

In an unprecedented turn of events, and for the first time in Seattle’s history, the city elected a Socialist candidate to City Council. Even for a city characterized by its liberal politics, this represents a sea change: according to city archivist Scott Cline, no Socialist has been elected to office […]

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Participation in democracy: vote, fund, abstain?

In a recent interview with the BBC, British comedian Russell Brand lambasted the state of Western democracy. When interviewer Jeremy Paxman criticized Brand for his decision not to vote in elections, Brand said, “It’s not that I’m not voting out of apathy. I’m not voting out of absolute indifference and […]

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ACA implementation problematic

The last month has to have been  difficult for the federal government. The government shutdown generated widespread anger among Americans toward Congress. With the passing of that crisis, the public has a new controversy to focus on: the disastrous launch of Healthcare.gov, the website designed to serve citizens under the […]

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US “War on Drugs” indefinite and ineffective

For decades, the U.S. government has been waging a “War on Drugs,” a campaign to shut down the international narcotics trade. The latest major bust happened on Oct. 2, when the FBI shut down “Silk Road,” an online marketplace used primarily to sell drugs. The government has been waging this […]

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Analyzing the failure of the Occupy movement

  On Sept. 17, 2011, an estimated 5000 people assembled in downtown New York to protest corruption in the financial system. This movement, known as Occupy Wall Street, attracted a great deal of attention across the nation, though reactions were mixed. A Gallup poll conducted Oct. 2011 found that 63 […]

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GOP’s shutdown tactics overstep political bounds

After weeks of debate, Congress failed to pass a spending bill by Oct. 1, the start of the government’s fiscal year.  Thus on Tuesday a government shutdown occurred, meaning many government agencies have closed down until a spending bill is passed. The point of contention in Congress is the Affordable […]

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Apathy over Navy Yard shooting problematic

On Sept. 15, Aaron Alexis killed 12 people at the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Washington, D.C. Compared to previous events, the nation’s response seems muted. Aside from public figures like President Obama’s initial declarations of sadness, the national attitude is  indifference. The shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School […]

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Domestic issues should be first priority for U.S.

Following the White House’s claims that on Aug. 21 that the Syrian government used chemical weapons to kill more than 1,400 civilians outside Damascus, the Obama administration has been making a hard push for military intervention in Syria. This approach has been met with widespread criticism both at home and […]