How America Legalized Bribery

By Bryce Bower, Editor-in-Chief You hear the term “lobbyist” all the time in the news, but I would wager most Americans don’t even know what one is. As a youngster I always assumed lobbyists were people who were paid to march outside of senators’ offices holding picket signs, and yelling about how important the meat […]

The Consequences of Government Shutdowns

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By Amanda Cardini, Editor-in-Chief 2019 kicked off to a rough start with the U.S. government shutting down for the longest time in history, spanning a total of 35 days from December through January. As of this writing, the government has reopened, but on a temporary deal, which will expire on February 15. At that time […]

When Beliefs Change

By Tanner Weigel, Staff Writer The Amazon Video series The Man in the High Castle explores a world in which Axis powers have prevailed in World War II. In this scenario, Japan now occupies the Western United States, and Nazi Germany has taken control of the East. This concept alone is interesting in its own right, […]

The 2018 United States Midterms

By Tanner Weigel, Staff Writer With the whirlwind 2018 U.S. Midterms now behind us, the expected furor of cable-news punditry has materialized. With members of both parties giving their own spin, what, if any, conclusions can we draw from the election results? To be sure, Democrats went into this election season on offense. History was […]

Identity, Ideas, and Free Speech

By Bryce Bower, Editor-in-Chief On the first day of my cross-cultural communication class, Professor Javidan started class with an example of a man named Joe Blue. While Joe’s culture is a very important part of who he is, it is not the only thing he is made of. Everyone has a different “chemical combination” of […]

The Shifting Sands of Arizona Politics: The Case of Rodney Glassman

By Tanner Weigel, Staff Writer For the first time in 2010, I was old enough to vote in the U.S. midterm elections. A lifelong resident of Arizona, the choices before me were Republican John McCain, and Democrat Rodney Glassman. Glassman was a relatively unknown, having served briefly on the Tucson City Council prior to attempting […]

Foreign Perspectives on American Politics

By Chris Barton, Staff Writer “I have to say this. People outside of the United States do not understand what’s going on in this election. They really don’t,” claimed President Obama during his speech at the Democratic National Convention. In an election that has seemed at times more like the last season of a badly-written […]

Populism: Roundtable with John Salinger

By Lauren Herber, Co-Editor A couple of weeks ago, Thunderbird had the pleasure of hosting Mr. John Salinger for a roundtable discussion on the topic of populism, a political philosophy supporting the rights and power of the people in their struggle against the privileged elites. A handful of students were selected, including myself, and met […]

Happy New Year, Now Start Hoarding the Canned Goods!

By Jake Strickler, Co-editor I’d like to start by saying that I hope each and every one of you soaring Thunderbirds had an enjoyable, productive, and relaxing break. Unless you went out seeking adventure and excitement, in which case I hope you had a totally stressful and crazy break and ended up at risk of […]

US State Dept. to Americans: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

By Jake Strickler, Staff Writer Author’s Note: This piece was written on Wednesday, November 25th. Here are a few other events that have taken place in America in the interim: On the night of the 25th, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump came under fire for mocking a New York Times reporter who had cast doubt […]