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Punching Myself in the Head and/or Face 2016

In Florence, The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Politics by HarryLeave a Comment

I guess it’s not really surprising that we’d have an assignment to write about the election and “how it makes us feel.” Okay, that’s not a direct quote from the assignment, we’re supposed to write about what we think everyone else feels, but that’s a thinly veiled scheme to make us talk about our election day spirit nonetheless. I see …

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Oh Drumpf

In The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Politics, Sydney by Tamera1 Comment

Surprisingly, most of the Australians I have encountered and spoken politics with are as fearful of Trump winning as I am. Growing up, I was always taught that America is the best and that the world revolves around America. This is obviously not the case, and so I disagreed with this idea, so much that I underestimated the global power …

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“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”

In The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Prague, Politics by Jake1 Comment

Do I find politics interesting? Yes. Do I find US politics interesting? No. My answer isn’t based on US politics as a whole — it is only on this election. As an Australian studying in the US, I have close to no ability to shape the future of the country. One that I may consider working in. It sucks! Especially due to …

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“I’ll Keep You In Suspense”

In The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Prague, Politics by Vivian4 Comments

So I’m assuming we’re talking about American politics? I’m ashamed to say I almost didn’t register to vote. Not that I hadn’t tried to, it just didn’t come up in my to-do list for about… a year? Maybe it’s because I still feel disconnected from American politics, even though I’m thoroughly, 100%, American. Nowadays, I almost flinch when people assume my …

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Trump and “la otra candidata”

In Buenos Aires, The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Politics by Hashmita2 Comments

The U.S. Elections are only 17 days and are getting more stressful than ever, so I’ll start this post with a good ol’ little game of Guess the Politician: Son of a millionaire, businessman-turned politician, neoliberal rightist, anti-immigrationist One’s first guess would probably be republican frontrunner Donald Trump, but Argentine president Mauricio Macri perfectly fits the bill too. The conservative …

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Every Vote Counts

In Buenos Aires, The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Politics by JT1 Comment

I’ve heard it again and again when people have talked about elections in my life. “My vote doesn’t count. How can one vote, amongst so many voters in the US possibly make a difference?” As we get closer and closer to my first presidential election, I have come to realize that this myth is false. Having one of the most …

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Western Populism

In The Art of Travel Fall 2016, Prague, Politics by Kai1 Comment

The panel on “A Crisis of Democratic Leadership” was held last Monday at Forum 2000, a conference of speakers originally started by Vaclav Havel, that come together to discuss social justice issues and democratic traditions. The themes of the talk centered on populism, globalization and the burgeoning political existence of “popular non-truths”. While Trump was invoked by name only a …