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September 30th, 2016

Max’s View

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The Race to Nowhere *** My most vivid memory of middle school (that didn’t involve getting to slow dance with Amanda) was the shocking afternoon that I got my report card and learned that I got a B in 6th grade English. That B gave me a jolt of fear of shame that haunted me for the rest of my childhood. I remember crying as I reported my failure as...

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Divorce Corp ***1/2 Picture it: 1969. California Governor Ronald Reagan signs a new law that makes divorce a whole lot easier. Instead of having to prove fault, an unhappy couple can just choose to part ways without the state’s permission. Thank you, Mr. Reagan. America’s most beloved divorced dude struck a huge blow for freedom. Finally, the crush...

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Happy Valley *** My best friend often says, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” On the face of it, this saying seems pretty sound and moral. But I fundamentally disagree. I believe that in most cases, turning the other cheek is preferable to heroic action. For example, if the United States had done nothing i...

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Citizen Koch *1/2 In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Citizens United, arguing that the right to free speech extends to private companies as well as individuals. Since the ruling, corporations have been allowed to spend as much as they want on political campaigns. For the Koch brothers, this has meant an exponential increase in their...

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Food, Inc **** In his 1507 novel “Utopia”, Thomas More imagined a perfect society. In this society, the favored, moral folks lived in a clean, peaceful city and dined on meat. The animals were raised and slaughtered far away from the city by poor outcast people so that the good Utopians didn’t have to ever see the ugly truth about how their food wa...

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Max’s View Winnebago Man ***1/2 In the 20th Century, fame was more simple. Either you moved to Los Angeles to become a movie star or moved to New York to get a job in broadcasting or practiced your home run swing really hard or killed a bunch of random people because your dog told you to. One way or another, everybody who was famous pretty much ask...

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I Am Femen *** In the United States, we have an usual amount of freedom to protest. But we don’t really take advantage of it. Sure, the people of Ferguson have come together to shed light on police brutality. And the Occupy Wall Street movement showed how disenfranchised some young people feel about the New World Order of corporate greed. In Americ...

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Straight Outta Compton *** What were Americans listening to in 1988? Nothing good, I’m afraid. The singles charts was dominated by bland pop stars like Steve Winwood and George Michael. The top-selling rock albums were by artless bores like Def Leppard and Van Halen. Meanwhile, 11-year-old Max was listening to “Weird Al” Yankovic. That is until my...

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The Green Prince ***1/2 My best friend and I were discussing the depressing state of militant Islam in the Middle East. My friend shared his theory that from its very inception – in the time of Mohammed – Islam has been a religion of violence and intolerance toward infidels. But that simply isn’t true. The real history of the Middle Eas...

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The True Cost **1/2 I’ll bet your wardrobe is pretty impressive. You’ve got a closet full of shirts on hangers. You’ve got multiple drawers full of clothes. You’ve got piles of old clothes you hardly wear anymore but you haven’t quite gotten around to giving away or throwing out. Our society has an unnecessary abundance of clothing. Just about ever...

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