The Crisis of Our Times: Climate, Capitalism, or Western Civilization?

By Nuri Yi. Young People and an Existential Crisis  We live in uncertain times. Perhaps even more so in this particular moment, but maybe life always gives us much to wonder about: Questions like these, I think, are ever-present in the background of people’s minds, especially for young people. We’re given a few shorthand answers, varying based on the society in which we’re raised. They … Continue reading The Crisis of Our Times: Climate, Capitalism, or Western Civilization?

Our Town by Thornton Wilder; Our Irresponsibility – A Critique

By Jacob Harris. Thornton Wilder’s Our Town is an American Classic in every sense of the word. It epitomizes American values: family, freedom, love, understanding. It tells what, seemingly, is the story of America. We get through life: we learn in our early childhood, we fall in love and get married in our adulthood, and then we die. We follow the story in the town … Continue reading Our Town by Thornton Wilder; Our Irresponsibility – A Critique

Completing the World Anti-Colonial Movement: A Task For Our Times

By Jahanzaib Choudhry. The heroic history of the largest movement in the world for the elevation of humanity is hidden from young people. The ideas of the West through academia and the media unconsciously shape much of the discourse among young activists who wish to work for a more just world. Ideas such as democracy often serve as the guidepost for activism but without much … Continue reading Completing the World Anti-Colonial Movement: A Task For Our Times

Sorry to Bother You – A White Story in Black Voice

By Nandita Chaturvedi. The art and music of a people can tell you much about their moral and spiritual state. In fact, one of the things that defines the state of a civilization at any moment in history is the art and literature that it produces. We are living in times of anxiety, confusion and pessimism, and the movie Sorry to Bother You is an … Continue reading Sorry to Bother You – A White Story in Black Voice

A Revolutionary Criteria for Literature: A review of Mulk Raj Anand’s Coolie

By Meghna Chandra. In the popular Ted Talk “Danger of a Single Story”, feminist icon and author Chimamanda Adichie tells us of the the importance of representation in literature. She speaks of her own story growing up in Nigeria and reading books from the West, thinking all books were about foreigners with blonde hair who drank ginger beer and ate apples. She tells how stories … Continue reading A Revolutionary Criteria for Literature: A review of Mulk Raj Anand’s Coolie

Charles White and the Purpose of Education

By Serafina Harris. People still talk about the night John Henry was born. It was dark and cloudy. Then, lightning lit up the night sky. John Henry’s birth was a big event …   He told his family, “I am going to be a steel-driver some day.” Steel-drivers helped create pathways for the railroad lines. These laborers had the job of cutting holes in rock. They … Continue reading Charles White and the Purpose of Education

Queerness as Whiteness: Beyond Identity Politics

By Michelle Yuan. I was queer. And when other people told me they were queer, I felt a tender pride for all of us. Together, I believed we were courageously transgressing constrained ideas of who and what a person could be. I was convinced we were the next wave of young radicals advancing the frontier of human development. I grappled with the question of my … Continue reading Queerness as Whiteness: Beyond Identity Politics

The Collapse of the West and the Struggle for Civilizational Unity

By Archishman Raju. “The European–a catchall term, referring, really, to the dooms of Capital, Christianity, and Color–became White, and the African became Black–for commercial reasons” James Baldwin, The Evidence of Things Not Seen Introduction We find ourselves in a bewildering world. The Western World, which has for so long dominated our world order, is in a civilizational crisis, and appears to lack the creative energy … Continue reading The Collapse of the West and the Struggle for Civilizational Unity

2016: Crack in the Mirror of White Supremacy

By Meghna Chandra. In September 2016, Hilary Clinton called Donald Trump supporters a “basket of deplorables”, the “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic— you name it”, and pledged to fight for equality for all Americans. The image of Hilary Clinton, champion of equality, is a deliberate distraction from her many crimes against dark humanity, including but not limited to toppling Pan Africanist leader Muammar Gaddafi, leading … Continue reading 2016: Crack in the Mirror of White Supremacy

The Struggle for a Positive Peace

By Nandita Chaturvedi. We live in times more precarious and dangerous than the era of the Cold War. Western imperialism continues to wreak havoc unchecked in the world we inhabit. There no longer exists a Soviet Union, which in the past had acted as a bulwark against imperialism. The world also lacks a principled organization of formerly colonized nations, united for the cause of peaceful … Continue reading The Struggle for a Positive Peace