Month: September 2020

The NBA’s Silence On The Uyghur Genocide
Opinion, Politics, Sports

The NBA’s Silence On The Uyghur Genocide

Very few things have gotten me through this quarantine as effectively as basketball. There's an undeniable beauty in its balance of skill, physical ability, and strategy. As a Miami Heat fan, the return of the NBA has been especially kind to me, as it has been a long six years since the Heat were last in The NBA Finals. Nonetheless, behind the star power and exhilaration of the NBA lies a prevailing corporate structure, designed to maximize profit by any means necessary.  When compared to other leagues, the NBA has long been a leader with regards to social justice issues. This bears roots in the activism of Bill Russell, Earl Lloyd, and others. This tradition continued this year, with the league showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement and engaging in a variety o...
The Preference-Action Disparity in Congress
Opinion, Politics

The Preference-Action Disparity in Congress

The United States Congress has long been noted for its abysmal approval rating. Gallup's most recent polling places Congressional approval at a dismal 21%. Sadly enough, this is actually a 3% improvement when compared to Gallup's polling over the previous month. It is safe to assume that some of this disapproval derives from a broader sense of antigovernmental skepticism firmly entrenched within American culture, but much of it derives from the Preference-Action Disparity found within the halls of Congress. In every realm of public policy lies a major disconnect between the desires of the American people and the actions of Congress. This claim is substantiated by extensive polling, and reflects the broader failure of American representative democracy when practiced in its curren...