California’s Proposition 36: Changing the Drug Policy Landscape

Twelve years ago, California voters participated in a referendum on drug treatment policy. Laws in place at the time had required minimum prison sentences for many non-violent crimes such as drug abuse, resulting in a growing and aging population of non-violent prisoners. The initiative, known as Proposition 36, had two goals: to increase public safety by adopting a public health …

Carcinogens: Case Studies of FDA Foul-Ups

Most Americans consider the FDA an infallible guiding force for consumption-related information and decisions. Yet a closer examination of its “approved” lists may reveal the FDA’s dated and inaccurate notions of certain substances, especially known carcinogens, that are still found in everyday consumer goods like soft drinks, coffee, bread, and bottled water. Unfortunately, the FDA’s inner workings have not always …

The Impact of Voting Theory on Democratic Choice

The Disadvantage of a Single-Choice System The famed democratic system of Athens was based off of a simple binary vote. Participants placed their rock in a jar to indicate political preference, and the candidate with the most rocks in his respective jar was declared victor. Although participation was limited to free, white, land-owning men, historians applaud the Athenian voting system …

Challenging the Affordable Care Act: Consequences and Concerns

The fate of the Obama administration’s signature health care legislation, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), hangs in the balance as the Supreme Court deliberates upon its fate. The court is due to deliver its opinion of this comprehensive health care package this month.1 The individual mandate, which requires every individual to either buy health insurance or pay a fine, lies …

Psychology, Propaganda, and the Chinese Cultural Revolution

Editor’s Note: This article is a revised version of “Chinese Cultural Revolution: Facing History and Shaping Today“. What we know as propaganda uses a constructed language on media to implant ideas in the minds of individuals.  It creates public trends on how susceptible we are to authorities at the individual level.  Unfortunately, the human tendency to trust in an authority …

Chinese Cultural Revolution: Facing History and Shaping Today

Editor’s Note:  A revised version of this article has been posted on “Psychology, Propaganda, and the Chinese Cultural Revolution“. What we know as propaganda uses a constructed language on media to implant ideas in the minds of individuals.  It creates public trends on how susceptible we are to authorities at the individual level.  Unfortunately, the human tendency to trust in …