Opinion

Life During Wartime: Trump’s Trouble in Alt-Right Paradise?

By Max Fenton fentonma@grinnell.edu On the campaign trail, President Trump made the controversial and racist slogan of “America First” the center of his foreign policy, and it worked. Trump tapped into a feeling of war-weariness and mistrust of dreaded “globalism,” a vision that appealed to alt-right feelings of racist nationalism for decades. The “America First”…

Staff Editorial: Our commitment to journalism

In times of turmoil, The Scarlet & Black staff finds it imperative for media outlets to provide comprehensive and objective expositions on current events. To do so requires publications to decide on whether they prioritize sales over informing their readership. As publications have chosen revenue, they have sensationalized the news to the point of disrespecting…

The R(ead)sling List: The Marriage Plot

By Emma Soberano ’17 soberano@grinnell.edu The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides hit close to home. The novel begins with the senior collegiate year and graduation of three characters – Madeline, Mitchell and Leonard – and follows the trio through their first post-college year. Like Eugenides’ other novels, The Marriage Plot takes place in a particular…

The New Brumaire: Media Warhawks

By Jenkin Benson ’17 bensonje17@grinnell.edu It is harrowingly American to fawn over and exalt war. For most my life, the United States has been engaged in several neo-imperialist military conflicts, escalations and occupations across the Middle East that have all been guised as an expression of America’s strive to foster international liberal democracy and quell…

Life During Wartime: The Convenient Kremlin

By Max Fenton fentonma@grinnell.edu The English Franciscan friar William of Ockham was a titanic philosophical figure in the fourteenth century and involved himself in the raging political and theological debates of his time. Despite his significant contributions to Catholic theology and medieval thought, he is most commonly remembered for the problem-solving method of Occam’s Razor….

Alumni support divestment from fossil fuels

Dear Grinnell Community, Editors, President Kington and the Board of Trustees: Climate change is a biological, economic and political reality with critical implications on a global scale. Simply stated, the science is unequivocal. Greenhouse gas emissions are responsible for global warming, which results in an increase in frequency and severity of weather events and major…

The New Brumaire: On Clintonite Fantasy

By Jenkin Benson ’17 bensonje@grinnell.edu Sometime in the latter third of the 20th Century, the Democratic Party lost its vision. A managerial enclave of neoliberals that have eschewed redistributive campaigns in favor of free market idealisms, police apparatuses and cosmetic multiculturalism has replaced the Social Democrats of the modernist era. The ideological transition from the…

Opinion: Casualties of Grinnell’s Decorative Allyship

When the first travel ban was instituted, President Kington sent an email to the entire campus and a second email to the impacted students. In addition, countless faculty and staff members reached out and, of course, there was that incredibly touching video that reminded international students that they are welcome here. I was moved and…

The R(ead)sling List: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

By Emma Soberano ’17 soberano@grinnell.edu Yaa Gyasi’s “Homegoing” is more than a collection of short stories shaped into a novel: it is a family tree, whose trunk is split at the base but which rises, strong, for generations. At the root of the story are Effia and Esi, Ghanaian half-sisters separated by the eighteenth century’s…