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America’s electoral system is poorly designed and in desperate need of reform. It encourages toxic, negative partisanship, where people are apt to vote out of fear of their least favorite candidate getting elected. Additionally, the status quo entrenches a two-party duopoly that, given low primary turnout rates, is lacking in democratic legitimacy.
Several days ago, nine of Minneapolis’s thirteen city council members appeared at a community assembly at Powderhorn Park, several blocks south of the downtown riverfront. They had already convened in a formal session the previous day to outlaw the kinds of police chokeholds that Officer Derek Chauvin used two weeks ago to take the life of George Floyd, just minutes from the park itself. The city council members, however, announced a broader plan few were truly expecting.
Felix Beilin and Zack Lori
Hey everyone, today we’re trying something new. The two of us (Felix and Zack) are going to briefly summarize our disagreements over a recent development on campus: ASG’s resolution opposing the Adani Carmichael coal mine in Eastern Australia. The Adani coal mine has come under significant scrutiny for its gargantuan greenhouse gas output--it is projected to release 200 million tonnes of CO2 over 60 years through excavation and transportation alone, and then a further 130 million tonnes yearly through combustion of its “low quality, high ash” coal. The mine will also be located on historically indigenous land in Australia. Northwestern’s president, Morton O. Schapiro, is a board member at Marsh & McLennan, a multinational services firm that is currently employed as the insurance broker for the coal mine project. Dozens of other companies have already revised their support for the venture and Marsh & McLennan will announce a new position on May 21st.
This week’s debate focuses on the relative power of China and the United States--we’re leaving the measurements and details up to you. In the meantime, here’s a brief refresher on the trajectory of China’s economy, as well as some of the geopolitical initiatives the country has taken. Since China’s position within the global COVID-19 crisis is relevant to this discussion, we’ll also briefly summarize their response to the pandemic and the international reactions that it has elicited.
Political Union's Will Secker sat down last week to talk with Stan Veuger from the American Enterprise Institute about the economic ramifications of the coronavirus.
Stan Veuger introduces himself and gives an overview of the topic.
Veuger talks about how he sees COVID-19 affecting the economy in the long term.
Veuger compares the current economic conditions to the recession in 2008.
Veuger examines the federal policy response to the COVID-19 crisis.
In light of the recent ASG election, Political Union has decided to debate whether or not ASG matters for the student body. So for debate prep this week, I am providing a quick overview of some things that ASG does.
Kim Jong-un, it seems, is back. The President of North Korea appeared in photos published on Friday, May 1st, by a state-owned newspaper as he cut the ribbon on a new fertilizer manufacturing plant. The country’s supreme leader had been out of the public eye for weeks as rumors swirled about his health and potential death. Today, let’s dissect the rumors that went around during Kim’s disappearance and examine what the global reaction has been to their general dissolution. Finally, let’s consider some perspectives on what the next North Korean transition of power might look like and what US policy on Kim’s death, whenever it comes, ought to be.
Read Part I here: http://www.nupoliticalunion.com/blog/fratricide-and-a-bacon-sandwich-a-recent-history-of-the-british-labour-party-part-i
After Ed Miliband’s controversial victory in the leadership contest of 2010, Labour made some key changes to their party rules before the 2015 contest. Namely, the party moved to a one member, one vote system where, well, each member got one vote. MPs and unions now had just as much voting power as someone who paid £3 online to get to vote.
In late March, Congress passed the CARES Act, a comprehensive $2 trillion stimulus package to aid an American economy reeling from coronavirus protection measures. As businesses have shuttered and Covid-19 case numbers have skyrocketed, the United States has seen nearly 30 million new unemployment claims over the last month and daily falls in the Dow Jones Industrial Average of up to -13%. These are unprecedented figures. Consequently, Individual industries, like air travel and meat processing, have asked the government for bailout money as they struggle to stay liquid.
The question before us on Monday evening at 7pm CST (we hope you’ll join us—check our Facebook for a Zoom link!) is whether the government should engage in bailouts to big businesses like these, in principle.
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