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Wyatt Troia

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Affirmative Action Currently Fails Its Mission

(6) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 5:31 PM

This post was originally published in the Harvard Crimson.

There are two major justifications for racial preferences in college admissions: that they diversify classes and level the playing field. In both respects, these preferences are disappointing.

Elite colleges argue that racial preferences are essential for...

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Is Harvard Ashamed of Bill O'Reilly?

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2013 | 8:31 PM

This article was originally published in the Harvard Crimson.


I was recently on a panel of Harvard students at a conference when a high school student asked, "Are you ashamed that Bill O'Reilly graduated from Harvard?"

As someone who arrived at Harvard as a Tea...

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The Sad Socrates Effect at Harvard

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 5:03 PM

I'm probably the only one, but with all the talk about depression at Harvard my mind has been jumping to John Stuart Mill, who once argued, "It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied...

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Why Harvard Students Go Into Anything but Politics

(3) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 5:24 PM

A version of this article was first published in the Harvard Crimson.

Remember when you still thought you'd be president someday? I sure do. Perhaps the single greatest privilege slipped in the envelope with each Harvard acceptance letter is the right to keep dreaming of being special for...

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Another Race Controversy at Harvard

(9) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 9:06 AM

A version of this article first appeared in the Harvard Political Review.

It's official: Harvard undergrads are incapable of having a rational discussion about race.

The last two weeks were thoroughly depressing for any student who hoped that Harvard would be a place where people of different...

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Vote for More Gridlock

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 11:02 AM

A version of this article was first published in the Harvard Crimson.

Americans love to be able to think of one person as our leader. So it's not surprising that we blow presidential elections entirely out of proportion. Each side whips itself into a panic that if the...

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A World of Solutions

(25) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 9:54 AM

For years conservative Republicans have pointed in apocalyptic tones to Europe as the freedom-suffocating socialist paradise of high government spending, taxation, and regulation that Democrats would transform the United States into if they ever got the chance. With the rise of the Tea Party, this became the GOP's favorite form...

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Justice for George Zimmerman

(244) Comments | Posted April 5, 2012 | 2:00 PM

"Justice for Trayvon" is the rallying cry for those demanding George Zimmerman's immediate arrest in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Yet forgotten in the rush to punish Zimmerman are the components of true justice: a presumption of innocence, dispassionate evaluation of the evidence, due process and color-blindness. Justice...

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