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Rush: Freedom of the Press is Under Attack, and Trump is Not to Blame

(Chronicle archives)

By Nicholas Rush

September 25, 2019

Centralization of media is antithetical to democratic principles. The concentration of power, influence and ownership erode what constitutes a democratic society. We have antitrust laws in the United States in order to ensure fair competition within the free market economy. Monopolies concentrate power, w...

Rush: The Art of Doubt: How Philosophy Illuminates the Importance of Skepticism in a Globalized World

Meditations, Rene Descartes

By Nicholas Rush

September 19, 2019

  An emerald green book sat atop the otherwise ransacked dresser, hurriedly cleaned by my brother who had just left for his first year of college. My room was smaller and situated near a constantly droning furnace room, and his absence provided the perfect opportunity to set up shop in his space. I ...

Rush: Privilege, Not Justice — The Freeing of Sholom Rubashkin (Part Two)

Sholom Rubashkin in 2008 (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

By Nicholas Rush

September 12, 2019

This article is part of a two-part series. Read the first part here.   Sholom Rubashkin, the owner of a Kosher meatpacking plant, was charged with the harboring of illegal immigrants, aiding and abetting document fraud and aggravated identity theft, among other charges, that resulted in a 2...

Rush: Privilege, Not Justice — The Freeing of Sholom Rubashkin (Part One)

The Agriprocessors plant. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

By Nicholas Rush

September 11, 2019

This article is part of a two-part series. Read the second part here.   In such a divided country ⁠— with an even more divided Congress ⁠— it is hard to take issue with bipartisan consensus. Such consensus came over the commuting of the prison sentence of Sholom Rubashkin, owner o...

H2H: Rush: Should Confederate Statues Remain Standing?

H2H: Rush: Should Confederate Statues Remain Standing?

By Nicholas Rush

August 29, 2019

  One might find Confederates, the group I am viewing to be oppressed, as unworthy of defense. However, that notion belies the very issue at hand — who deserves to be defended, and perhaps, even more pressing, which ideas deserve to be heard. The Confederacy ended over 150 years ago, but t...

Rush: Abolition of the Past Only Manipulates the Present

View north along U.S. Route 1 (Jefferson Davis Highway) at Market Street in Four Mile Fork, Spotsylvania County, Virginia. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

By Nicholas Rush

August 25, 2019

There has been an insatiable movement to remove any historical statues deemed inappropriate in retrospect. As of August 2018, 30 cities across the United States have removed controversial statues and monuments. In San Antonio, the “Jefferson Davis Highway” marker was considered too offensive and removed in 201...

Rush: Chintzy Architecture Hinders Religion

The Sistine Chapel. Courtesy Flickr.

By Nicholas Rush

July 24, 2019

Imagine perusing through the stone-clad Sistine Chapel in Italy, peering up at the 65-foot vaulted ceilings bearing the seemingly endless kaleidoscopic mosaic of Michelangelo's frescoes, timeless markings of devotion, grace and unfettered beauty. Imagine your feet trodding over the hallowed floors of col...

Rush: Journalism Has a Glaring Lack of Philosophical Inquiry

Rush: Journalism Has a Glaring Lack of Philosophical Inquiry

By Nicholas Rush

July 4, 2019

  Ever wondered why the corporate press is so apathetic in their not-so-hot pursuit for the truth? Professor Emeritus of Language Reading and Culture at the University of Arizona, Kenneth Goodman, has. In 1989, Goodman penned an article titled “Issues in the Profession, Journalism and Philoso...

Rush: Iran Violated UN Security Council Resolution 2231 — Then Nothing Happened


By Nicholas Rush

June 12, 2019

  It's difficult to imagine any point of the United Nations Security Council when their “legally binding” resolutions are blatantly ignored. According to the U.N. themselves, their resolutions passed by the Security Council are legally binding: “In general, resolutions adopted by the Security Council acting ...

Rush: The Unholy Alliance Between the Navient Corporation and the Department of Education

Courtesy Stockfree

By Nicholas Rush

June 11, 2019

  It seems as if the for-profit corporations endowed with servicing student loans are asleep at the helm as those in the D.C. crow’s nest rest in a similar slumber. Students with loans are captives on this boat, as the student loan balances of 44 million people soar to $1.5 trillion. On February 14, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of the Inspec...

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