On Friday, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Politics and a concentration in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from a mid-tier public university. As I prepare to navigate a brutal job market, I reflect–why the hell did I decide to get a classical liberal arts education?

Like many other liberal arts graduates, I’m watching the majority of my friends who decided to study tech, medicine, or business get funneled into promising entry-level positions–clear career paths, enabled by a very clear set of skills. …

In this Tuesday’s issue of The New York Times there was a piece on the pressure on companies to stop sourcing their cotton from forced labor in China’s Xinjiang province. The problem is that Xinjiang cotton accounts for nearly 20% of the world’s supply.

“Supply chains are long and opaque, and the journey from field to shelf involves cotton gins, mills, weaving or knitting, dyeing and finishing — all steps that may take place in different parts of China, or different countries,” said Leonie Barrie, an apparel analyst at GlobalData, a consulting company in London. …

Lessons for Liberals from the 2020 Election


“IT’S IMPORTANT TO ME that everyone has a place in this country . . . that anyone who’s willing to work hard can live here and feel like they belong” — those were the words of Abigail[1], a voter who I had the pleasure of interviewing weekly over the closing months of the 2020 presidential race. A lifelong Republican, Abigail voted for Trump in 2016 but had admitted to me that she felt regret. She managed a business in a wealthy, cosmopolitan suburb outside of Washington D.C.; she admired diversity, professed support for…

IN HIS LATEST BOOK, Ezra Klein offers a systems-based account of the contemporary polarization in American Politics. In summarizing a wealth of literature on American history, politics, and behavioral psychology, he arrives at three core conclusions:

A) Polarization is the result of a complex regime of incentives and institutions, not individual actors.

B) Electoral design has made this polarization asymmetric, with the GOP becoming more homogenous and radical.

C) Polarization is “rational” under the regime; our most practical course from here is to reform systems to accommodate it.

These conclusions are uncontroversial on their face, but in taking a systems-based…

Chronicling India’s Fractious Development and Uncertain Future


THE INDIAN subcontinent was home to one of the very first planned societies. Archaeological excavations of Mohenjodaro reveal a sophisticated and socially organized society along the Indus River Valley. In its organized city layout, uniformity of weights and seals, and advanced plumbing system, we find evidence of urban planning and a strong central government. This civilization, among the most advanced in ancient society, has receded into history. The Harrapan’s links to modern-day Indians are obfuscated by the archaeological record and fog of history, although emerging genetic research is promising.[1] Modern Indians (even that…

Patriotism and Old Glory amidst a National Unrest

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, by Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press

A FRIEND of mine told me a little personal anecdote with the rare quality of being both cloyingly emblematic and very funny in a specific, depraved way.

HER NEIGHBOR, who had served in the military, had decided some weeks back that he was going to perform a Flag Raising ceremony every morning, in his front yard, in full uniform, for the cul-de-sac. It was something to bring the neighborhood together (not too close though) and lift everyone’s spirits during the lockdown. He started this ritual shortly before George Floyd was tragically murdered…

India’s PCPNDT as a Socially Efficient, Mixed Strategy Solution

Young Indian women walk past a billboard in New Delhi encouraging the birth of girls on July 9, 2010. RAVEENDRAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

INDIA has been plagued by an antiquated and socially dysfunctional set norms around marriage and gender for centuries. Among them is the institution of Dowry, a practice where the bride’s family gives the groom money and gifts. As with many such norms, its intents and original purpose have a spurious relationship to its function today. It is in a sense, insurance for the bride in the case of widowhood or neglect — durable material assets that follow her into her marriage. In practice it’s a socially regressive, predatory custom. …

Why our supply chains will shorten and we might keep baking our own bread after COVID-19.

If you’re reading this right now, you’re likely trapped inside because the Chinese Communist Party failed to adequately regulate a wet market. The absurdity isn’t lost on anyone.

Pandemics are inevitable and can start anywhere. Spanish Flu was the first modern pandemic, but its effects were overshadowed and obscured by the first World War. COVID-19, in its broad effects on production and critical supply chains, reveals for the second time in the 21st century the sheer fragility of the global economic system.

If you…

Arjit Roshan

PPE student, aspiring galaxy brain

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