Where’s the Policy? Candidates Leave Us Guessing

President Obama and Governor Romney each seek to cast 2012 as the most important election year in modern memory — Obama by claiming that the middle class will suffer under his opponent and Romney by forecasting a fiscal crisis in a second

The Sorority Question: Bringing in Opinions from 1931

This speech was given by College President Dr. Aydelotte during a meeting of fraternity and non-fraternity students, both undergraduates and alumni, on December 15, 1931, two years before the abolition of Swarthmore’s last sorority.  The meeting was a part of an ongoing

We are all the 100%: why the populist movement failed

Staff Editorial A few tents may remain in Zucotti Park. “We are the 99 percent” may still be a popular soundbyte. But Occupy Wall Street — the movement born of dissatisfaction with the American economic system that grew into a global call

Game Change 2012: our stakes in the upcoming election

Staff Editorial As we plod through the Republican primaries and steadily approach the 2012 presidential election, several key issues continue not only to plague our collective conscience, but also to stifle any hope for complete progress. The political arena has responded garishly,

The “Buffet Rule” and the politics of taxation

Staff Editorial Isolating the multitude of inequalities that are inherent to our contemporary social structures is a reasonably effortless task. From health care to environmental policy, our notions of justice and liberty for all in a society are counteracted and replaced with

The unspoken violence in the college Greek system

Staff Editorial In the “bubble” that is Swarthmore College, it’s often easy to forget that the vast array of higher education options don’t all subscribe to the same sort of unique progressive cultural assumptions that we do. Not all universities and colleges

Syria, and the problem with our brief bouts of activism

Staff Editorial This past year has shown us regime change — or, at least the toppling of enduring regimes — in countries like Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. It’s also shown us that ongoing resistance in countries like Syria doesn’t incite the same