Race is one of the most controversial topics for Americans to discuss. One must walk a rather fine line when discussing race as to not make or be accused of making any offensive comments. The theory that is generally accepted in society is that in regards to intellect, race means nothing. This statement may or may not be true, but regardless it is a good theory to live by. However, sociologists, philosophers, and genetic scientists have been popping up across the Western world to challenge this recent status quo. When are their points valid, and when do they cross the line into the territory of white supremacy?

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Both left-wingers and right-wingers are guilty of nationalism. President Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders do not agree on much, but they do see eye-to-eye when it comes to restricting trade with foreign entities. Trump and Sanders are fully economically illiterate when it comes to the issue of trade, and defend their stances with cliché populist rhetoric about “saving manufacturing.” The truth is that protectionism helps nobody in the long run other than big businesses who are shielded from real international competition through tariffs. Protectionism is a regressive, authoritarian, and foolish policy that needs to be eradicated from politics.

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Many progressives in modern American politics would like to relive the Progressive Era of splitting up trusts and large corporations. Few, if any, of them provide any logical reasoning behind breaking up these corporations besides the cliches that are“too big too fail,” or “predatory capitalism.” In fact, it seems that this whole notion of combating large corporate entities is merely used as a way to propagate the idea of “us versus them.”

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For years American politics have been plagued with conservative “deficit hawks.” Arguably the most harmful philosophy to our nation’s prosperity, deficit hawks have held back the full potential of the United States through the boogeyman that is debt; both foreign and domestic. This toxic ideology has been the grounds for opposition to infrastructure improvements, universal healthcare, welfare reforms, and most recently, the infamous Green New Deal. Lesser educated and profit incentivized businessmen have lied to the people for years, while the theories of economics PhDs have been neglected.

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