Richard Jesse Markel

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Guilt trips aren’t sustainable

I have been rather put off by the “sustainability” program that’s ramping up at Washington University. Before I get there, however, let me qualify that statement a bit. I’m a fan of the LEED certification that adorns some of the buildings.

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I say tomato,​ you say toma-No

The University’s catering service has been duped by the latest incarnation of the classic “sweatshop” argument. Labor conditions activists, who classically gave Nike grief about how they make shoes, have shifted their gaze toward farmers. Our food service company, Bon Appétit, has been tricked into supporting the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their so-called “fair food” campaign.

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WUSET is in need of revision

On Oct. 28, Student Life published an article discussing the recently formed student group called Washington University Students for Endowment Transparency (WUSET), a “New student group pushing transparency in endowment.” WUSET, acting in support of a group known as the Responsible Endowments Coalition, has begun to gain recognition on campus, claiming it promotes “responsible” investments.

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The Catch-22 of government health care

There has certainly been a lot of controversy regarding the government’s latest efforts to “reform” health care. Much of it is certainly deserved, as the American public feels that there’s been a lack of transparency regarding what exactly is in the currently proposed bill.

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When the wheels came off the Obama administration

A rather frightening development has occurred within the White House regarding economic policy. It would appear as though the President’s Council of Economic Advisers has expanded to include labor unions.

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Textbook economics: More than just price

Like clockwork at the beginning of the year, there appears in every university’s newspaper an editorial or two about textbooks and their extremely high prices. Generally, there are some suggestions about ways to make the books cheaper or ideas that would otherwise purport to save students money. I love the optimism, I honestly do. I […]

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Prop 8 challenge will set precedent for future civil rights cases

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California is about to become the battleground for a momentous challenge to California’s Proposition 8, the state’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Led by former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olsen and high-profile litigator David Boies, former opponents in the 2000 Bush v. Gore electoral contest, the […]

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Lack of economic understanding undermines Tax Day Tea Party

On April 15, tens of thousands of people assembled all over the nation as part of the “Tax Day Tea Party Protests.” These assemblies were, to be quite honest, pointless.

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