On The Ideal State

Ideas For A More Perfect Union 

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The On The Ideal State podcast is a new endeavor by a group of Californian students. Featuring top experts and world leaders, the On The Ideal State podcast aims to add a philosophical and enlightened viewpoint to the news cycle's typical hysteria. To make sure you are updated with our newest content, like our Facebook page and follow us on SoundCloud.

Black Lives Matter: Beyond Police Reform Garrett Felber, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Michigan   After the killing of five police officers in Dallas last week by a lone gunman, where does the Black Lives Matter movement go?   Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza answered this question, saying she anticipated that the Dallas shooting would “create Read More …

Hate, Terror, And Collectivism Culminate In Orlando Dan Sanchez, Digital Content Manager, The Foundation for Economic Education   The massacre in Orlando has the usual political narratives all jumbled up. It was gun violence against gays. Therefore, say Hillary Clinton supporters, it validates calls for gun restrictions and anti-hate laws. Yet it was also an Read More …

Is The American Dream Dead? Mechele Dickerson, Professor of Law, University of Texas at Austin   The American Dream that has existed in this country for over 50 years is on life support. For some Americans, it may already be dead.   While recent consumer confidence surveys indicate that Americans seem somewhat optimistic about the overall Read More …

The Case Of The Maldives: Islam And Democracy Azim Zahir, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Western Australia   Five years on, confusion and despair have all but replaced the hope of the Arab Spring (with the possible exception of Tunisia). Many have cited the democratic failures and the rise of uglier forms of violence in these Read More …

Why Is The U.S. Unwilling To Pay For Good Public Transportation? John Rennie Short, Professor at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County   Officials in Washington, D.C. said this week they may have to shut down portions of the Metro subway system for months because its piecemeal approach to maintenance is no Read More …