Fordham Political Review

Fordham Political Review The journal of Fordham University's best on issues of politics, economics, and society. All Fordham students can submit! www.fordhampoliticalreview.org

Editorial Board: Editor-in-Chief: Matthew J. Santucci '18 Managing Editor: Marisa Gomez '19 Executive Editor: Mike Klotz '18 Executive Editor: Juliana Larwood '18

Mission: The Fordham Political Review (FPR) is Fordham University’s only undergraduate publication dedicated to politics, economics, social sciences, international affairs, and culture. All articles are written and edited by Fordham undergraduate students. In addition to producing a print issue once each semester, FPR publishes all articles to its website and maintains a vibrant social media presence on Facebook and Twitter. FPR strives to provide a channel for opinionated and ambitious students through which they can make their voices heard. In an era of increasingly polarized and partisan politics, FPR publishes with no political agenda, but with the goal of providing a voice to our most precious resource: students.

E-board member and managing content editor Kyle Chin shares his thoughts on Joe Biden: http://fordhampoliticalreview.org...
06/05/2020
The Other Biden

E-board member and managing content editor Kyle Chin shares his thoughts on Joe Biden: http://fordhampoliticalreview.org/the-other-biden/

Currently, the former vice president of the United States under Barack Obama stands alone as the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party’s presidential ticket. Head to head polls which he ofte…

05/31/2020
#blacklivesmatter

In light of the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and all other Black people who have lost their lives to state-sanctioned violence in the United States, the Fordham Political Review would like to declare its full condemnation of not only the racist police and police-protected violence that has plagued this country for centuries but also its support for protestors across the country. In the words of activist Desmond Tutu, "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor". Fordham Political Review is a nonpartisan publication, and we believe that this is an issue that transcends party lines. We are therefore encouraging all of our readers to support protestors by any means possible, whether that is through community organizing, petition signing, donating, etc. This is a time to elevate and support Black voices, and therefore we additionally encourage the education of our white and non-Black POC audience members so that they can be more effective allies. Linked below is a list of resources that provide a good starting place for supporting justice. #blacklivesmatter
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-0KC83vYfVQ-2freQveH43PWxuab2uWDEGolzrNoIks/mobilebasic

*The White House has a history of giving vague, unhelpful responses or ignoring these petitions but I’d still suggest signing and making your voices as loud as possible. It can’t hurt to try.

Columnist Collin Billings writes on trade negotiations between the US and UK: "The U.S. government is effectively saying...
04/04/2020
The United States & United Kingdom Trade Negotiations

Columnist Collin Billings writes on trade negotiations between the US and UK: "The U.S. government is effectively saying that it would like to negotiate a joint tariff reduction. The use of tariffs has been the Trump administration’s most unique and bold economic policy experiment over the past three years." http://fordhampoliticalreview.org/the-united-states-united-kingdom-trade-negotiations/

On October 16, 2018, the Trump administration notified Congress that the President intended to negotiate a trade agreement with the United Kingdom (U.K.) once it leaves the European Union (EU). The…

Columnist J Elizabeth Mascoli writes on the struggle of the intersectional suffrage in American history in light of the ...
03/08/2020
Voting: In Full Color

Columnist J Elizabeth Mascoli writes on the struggle of the intersectional suffrage in American history in light of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment: http://fordhampoliticalreview.org/voting-in-full-color/

2020 is the 100 year anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which finally gave women the right to vote in the United States. Congresswomen celebrated the anniversary at the recent State …

Columnist Austin Sacker posits a new approach to race relations in the American party system: "Headed by conservative pu...
03/04/2020
Republicans Ought to Cultivate “Blexit”

Columnist Austin Sacker posits a new approach to race relations in the American party system: "Headed by conservative pundits like Candace Owens, Blexit (literally an amalgamation of “black” and “exit”) urges traditionally democratic-voting African-Americans to stop voting for a Democratic Party they view as exploitive, pandering and one that drives unfounded narratives about national race relations." http://fordhampoliticalreview.org/republicans-ought-to-cultivate-blexit/

It’s common knowledge that minority voters don’t vote red, or at least they don’t at the same rate they vote blue. Cornell’s Roper Center estimates that, in 2016, only 8 percent of African-American…

03/04/2020

Staff writer Sophia Maier discusses the the normalization of antisemitism in America: "When we say “never again,” it is not limited to the atrocities of the Holocaust. It is never again to religious intolerance and bigotry. It is never again to fascist fear mongering. It is never again to silence and complicity as vulnerable minorities are persecuted, families are ripped apart and people are treated as less than human." http://fordhampoliticalreview.org/the-normalization-of-anti-semitism/

Columnist Collin Billings weighs in on why he thinks Americans have a mistaken perception of Bernie Sanders: "Sanders is...
03/02/2020
Bernie Sanders: Not So Radical

Columnist Collin Billings weighs in on why he thinks Americans have a mistaken perception of Bernie Sanders: "Sanders is seemingly representative of a far left-wing movement in the United States, but, in reality, his positions are relatively moderate especially when considering the world at large." http://fordhampoliticalreview.org/bernie-sanders-not-so-radical/

For a sizable portion of the voting public, Bernie Sanders represents the radical wing of the Democratic Party. Often times, his perceived extremism disqualifies him as a viable candidate in the ey…

Managing copy editor Rina Lokaj weighs in on domestic violence in America and the boyfriend loophole: "Not only are we a...
03/02/2020
Men Have Enough Privilege, Let’s Not Give Them the Right to Kill Women Too

Managing copy editor Rina Lokaj weighs in on domestic violence in America and the boyfriend loophole: "Not only are we allowing women to be killed by these abusive men, we are not giving them any legal rights." http://fordhampoliticalreview.org/men-have-enough-privilege-lets-not-give-them-the-right-to-kill-women-too/

America has had a rich history with firearms. The tradition is so deeply ingrained into the fabric of America that many people get defensive about anyone trying to take away their right to bear arm…

Columnist Emma Lipkind discusses the social and economic factors behind financial inequality in America: "The distributi...
03/02/2020
The Great American Economy: How Individuals Are Doing

Columnist Emma Lipkind discusses the social and economic factors behind financial inequality in America: "The distribution of wealth has long been an issue in our country, and, despite the current well-being of the economy, the rich are gaining wealth while the impoverished continue to struggle." http://fordhampoliticalreview.org/the-great-american-economy-how-individuals-are-doing/

Republicans will tell you the American economy is booming more than ever before. Democrats will not necessarily disagree, but they might ask you who exactly the economy is benefitting.   Stat…

Columnist Collin Billings shares his take on Mike Bloomberg's advantage in the presidential race: "The only thing that s...
02/25/2020
Bloomberg and Expression Inequality

Columnist Collin Billings shares his take on Mike Bloomberg's advantage in the presidential race: "The only thing that sets him apart is his ability to pay for the presence in the mass media to influence the public." http://fordhampoliticalreview.org/bloomberg-and-expression-inequality/

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 3 months, it’s likely that you’ve seen a campaign advertisement from Michael Bloomberg. Whether it’s through television commercials or Youtube ad…

Staff writer Bahar Ghandehari discusses the nature of the climate change crisis and accountability for it: "The wealthie...
02/18/2020
Australia on Fire, Iran Under Water, Africa Facing Drought… What’s Next?

Staff writer Bahar Ghandehari discusses the nature of the climate change crisis and accountability for it: "The wealthiest developed countries must take responsibility for their historical contribution to climate change. The poorest 50% are responsible for around 10% of global emissions, while the richest 10% are responsible for 50%." http://fordhampoliticalreview.org/australia-on-fire-iran-under-water-africa-facing-drought-whats-next/

Climate change is here, whether we like it or not.   In March 2019, a tropical cyclone hit southeastern Africa, leaving 960 people dead and over 1.8 million in need of assistance. Six weeks l…

Columnist J Elizabeth Mascoli shares her thoughts on insulin access in America and its consequences: "Some people are fo...
01/22/2020
The Insulin Crisis

Columnist J Elizabeth Mascoli shares her thoughts on insulin access in America and its consequences: "Some people are forced to choose between insulin and other medications, or even insulin and basic life necessities like food; others actually ration their insulin to make it last longer, a dangerous practice that could lead to their death." http://fordhampoliticalreview.org/the-insulin-crisis/

Imagine a tax on air.   Now imagine a tax on your pancreas, which creates a hormone called insulin. Insulin allows your muscles and tissues to absorb glucose, a sugar, into your blood. Ess…

Columnist Austin Sacker writes about the problems continually presented by partisan politics: "While these actions ensur...
01/21/2020
The Prisoner’s Dilemma of Partisan Politics

Columnist Austin Sacker writes about the problems continually presented by partisan politics: "While these actions ensure that neither party loses their immediate, relative position and allow them take a quick jabs at an opponent, they also guarantee the long-term continuation of hyper-partisanship and more broadly, set conditions for an increasingly hostile political environment. In the end, neither party is better off than the other from these tactics" http://fordhampoliticalreview.org/the-prisoners-dilemma-of-partisan-politics/

  The classic prisoner’s dilemma hypothetical is as follows: two suspects have committed a crime and have been captured by police for interrogation. The police, who don’t allow the suspects to…

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Editorial Board: Editor-in-Chief: Sophia Singh ‘21 Managing Content Editor: Kyle Chin ‘21 Managing Copy Editor: Rina Lokaj ‘20

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