President Obama takes a targeted approach on gun rights.

The Semantics of Disarmament

The Semantics of Disarmament by Andrew Glidden In the wake of numerous mass shootings in 2012 – many of which involved rifles – gun control advocates have called for national attention to private gun ownership, with assault rifles squarely in their sights.  Or, they would be, if assault rifles weren’t already illegal.  Confused?  So are…

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Britannia: A Cautionary Tale

How Britain Sacrificed its Freedom for Security Although we Americans sometimes like to think of our nation as the fount of freedom and democracy, formed at a time when most of the world lived in tyranny, the United Kingdom is in many ways the birthplace of the modern democratic state.  Great Britain was the home…

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Historical Note: What Rough Beast

The Passing of Robert H. Bork by Jacob Grant           Last December, one of the greatest legal minds in American history, Robert H. Bork, passed away at the age of 85. Bork was, by all accounts, an accomplished legal scholar, a brilliant jurist, and an intellectual giant, with an extensive array of…

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Don’t UC Our Side of the Argument?

On Thursday October 6, 2011, UC Berkeley’s Undergraduate Political Science Association (UPSA) held a one and a half hour panel discussion on Affirmative Action and SB 185. The panel speakers were: Shawn Lewis (Berkeley College Republicans-BCR), Andre Louis (Students for Liberty-SFL), Marco Amaral (La Raza), Glynn Custred (co-author of Proposition 209), Ronald Cruz (attorney for…

Bringing Light to an Unheard Issue

Stepping onto the battlefield that was Upper Sproul Plaza one could not escape the sight. From the dozens of protestors wearing black shirts, laying down right in front of the steps of Sproul, to the commotion and media attention that surrounded the Berkeley College Republicans table, there was not a sight to be missed. For…

The Bake Sale: A Personal Story

The Bake Sale: A Personal Story On September 19, 2011 at 11:28pm I wrote three words that would change my life and the lives of several other people for several weeks to come, and perhaps even longer. No, it wasn’t “I love you.” The three words were, “Bake sale anyone?” The forum was an internal…

Diversity That Matters

Although many of my freedom-loving friends have swiftly and rightfully defended the upcoming bake sale organized by the Berkeley College Republicans in terms of free speech and meritocracy in education, several have simultaneously questioned the sale’s appropriateness and viability as a political tactic. Race-based satire, say these hesitant supporters, may fall entirely within the realm…

Opportunity is not Being in the Right Place, but Having the Preparation to Take Advantage of It.

Say what you will about the propriety of the Berkeley College Republicans’ “Increase Diversity Bake Sale,” it did wonders for actually creating a dialogue on this politically monochrome campus.  The volunteers running the event were constantly interrupted in their duties by passersby who wanted to know more about the bake sale, the legislation the College…