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Trump likely to vilify socialists in 2020 election

This article was originally printed in the Feb. 11, 2019 issue of The Round Table.  Trump needs a villain. During his last campaign, he vilified Mexican immigrants and the Democratic establishment, hyper-sensationalizing the national dialogue in order to distract and manipulate it. In this past

My Struggle 6: An interrogation of the real

This article was originally printed in the Feb. 4, 2019 issue of The Round Table.  The sixth and final installment of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s six-part autobiographical novel, “My Struggle,” was published in English on September 18, 2018. Knausgaard’s novel describes life as it happens. The

China and the remaking of the internet

This article was originally printed in the Feb. 4, 2019 issue of The Round Table.  The internet is being remade, but in whose image? Huawei, China’s leading telecommunications company, is building an extensive fifth generation (5G) network in partnership with countries all over the world.

Asian Monologues returns for a third year

On Saturday, students and faculty came through the mist and rain to attend the third production of The Asian Monologues, a performance piece created and directed by Sydney Mercado‘19. The show was held in the black-box Bunge Theater, filled to the brim with an eager

Earnest “Shitposiums” celebrate pet-passions

The air in the lecture hall was heavy with the smell of Domino’s pizza. It was 5:00 p.m. and a group of students had gathered in the tiered rows of Science Center 150. Munching politely on pizza and other snacks, including mac and cheese, pretzels

The Crisis of Our Century

Sunday marked the 100-year anniversary of the grinding conclusion of World War I. The First World War was a human catastrophe. It upended everything the Western world had come to believe. It was a mindless, mechanical, and meaningless war that swallowed an entire generation and

Doctor Who’s 11th season off to a good start

In its 11th season Doctor Who has been reborn yet again. There’s a new Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, the first ever woman to embody the character, and a new showrunner, with Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall taking over for Steven Moffat, who has been showrunner

Warren’s DNA Test Plays Into Trump’s Hand

To be frank, it is a mistake to presume facts still matter. That the Democratic Party continues to behave as though they do is a serious tactical blind spot, and indicative of a failure to grasp the political reality in which we currently live. Last

Artificial Intelligence and the U.S-China Tech Duopoly

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the most significant technological development of our century. Its applications are broad and its effects profound. AI technologies are poised to wipe out an unprecedented 40 percent of all human jobs, and will usher in a flush of innovations, complications and