State’s Rights as a Political Panacaea

Though the quest for consensus may often seem like a hopeless case, there is growing agreement on one issue at all points of the political spectrum. According to a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, 80% of Americans are “dissatisfied or even angry with the way the federal government is working.” Sadly for our “wise” Washingtonians,…

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

The free market economist Milton Friedman once famously said, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” meaning that all goods are paid for somehow. If only he were a professor at Berkeley! This fall, our university’s “wise” administration struck a deal with Adobe Systems to offer their popular Creative Suite to Cal students for…

Students for Liberty Update

On a warm September night early this semester, I nervously sat in front of a sparse crowd in 263 Dwinelle Hall. It was the first general meeting of Students for Liberty, a new freedom-oriented political club at Cal, and I was the president. Weeks of preparation had built up to that moment. From hours of…

“Who is John Galt?”

Picture this: The United States is in the midst of a financial crisis. Businesses both large and small across the country are shutting their doors for good. Unemployment steadily rises as people find it harder and harder to get by. Politicians blame capitalism and greedy industrialists for causing the crisis and laud socialism as society’s…

Running Away from the A.S.U.C.

As if walking through Sproul Plaza isn’t enough of an experience already, the A.S.U.C. elections began in the beginning of April, making such a walk barely tolerable. Everyday passing students had countless fliers thrown at them, signs shoved in their faces, and scores of campaign managers shouting at them to vote for their candidate. That…