Stanford Progressive

Ross Raffin (Editor Emeritus)

Arizona Immigration Law: Nearly Neanderthalic

Published 22 Oct 2010 in Extremism in America, National

Those leading the fight against crime and illegal immigration all condemn Arizona’s SB 1070 as inefficient, dangerous, and simplistic. They all understand that immigration policy involves more than “attrition through enforcement.” S.B. 1070 represents a step towards the inflexible, non-adaptive policy abhorred by anyone who has an understanding of immigration policy that spans beyond the politics of Neanderthals.

Righting Republican (and Democratic) Wrongs: A Review of Financial Reform

Published 25 Aug 2010 in Feature, Illegal Until Proven Innocent

Arguing that voting for the current financial reform bill equates to bail-outs is the same as arguing that no one should have voted for the 1964 Civil Rights Act because it enforces Jim Crow. Deregulation trends from the past few decades alongside evolving financial markets created huge regulatory gaps which were exploited by groups such [...]

Letter From The Editor

Published 25 Aug 2010 in Editorial, Illegal Until Proven Innocent

After two years at the steering wheel, I am just now coming to grips with my departure from The Stanford Progressive. Initially, I was thrown into the fray with only a few words of advice. However, with the help of a loyal staff, we not only kept the magazine going, we improved it. The evolution [...]

Mason, Madison, and Militias: A Progressive for a Right to Bear Arms

Published 19 May 2010 in Perspective, Progress We Can Believe In

While both the Heller majority and dissent erred in their analysis of the right to bear arms, the majority’s ultimate conclusion fits constitutional history. However, “the right to bear arms” does not mean having the right to bear arms in any way one chooses.

Letter from the Editor

Published 14 May 2010 in Editorial, Progress We Can Believe In

The Supreme Court itself has claimed on multiple occasions that James Madison’s strict understanding of the necessary and proper clause has been subsumed by Chief Justice John Marshall’s more permissive views. The quasi-monarchist Alexander Hamilton, not Thomas Jefferson, pervades the modern constitutional system. In reality, healthcare does not expand federal powers past any previous precedent.

Judicial Absurdism and Conservatism

Published 23 Mar 2010 in Deflecting Slash and Burn Politics, Perspective

On January 21st, the Roberts Court gave us our latest dose of judicial absurdism, and the Republicans applauded.

Letter from the Editor

Published 01 Mar 2010 in Deflecting Slash and Burn Politics, Editorial

Aside from the occasional rhetorical flatulence, Stanford has been refreshingly devoid of the ignorantly hostile approach of Bill O’Reilly, the incomprehensibly inane “questioning” of Glenn Beck, and other arguments which make conservatives pine for the days of William Buckley Jr.

Letter from the Editor

Published 09 Jan 2010 in Editorial, Nurse Liberty: Healthcare in America

Healthcare is, without question, one of the most complex topics in domestic policy. True reform cannot be encapsulated in slogans about change or existential terrorist threats. However, destruction of reform is quite easily encapsulated in slogans.

Socialism vs. Social Security

Published 09 Jan 2010 in National, Nurse Liberty: Healthcare in America

The economic reasoning behind The Public Health Insurance Option and the Health Insurance Exchange is to enhance free market interactions, not to create a single-payer system.

Letter from the Editor

Published 01 Jan 2010 in Editorial, The Economy: Turning the Page

Economics is a discipline of models. When many people hear economic theories, they ask questions like “but what about all of the other factors?” For instance, how can a “rational actor” model of the stock market, where all investors are omniscient cost-benefit machines, predict the psychologically-driven and irrational choices of actual stock-holders?