Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 5:41pm

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the great 18th-century Genevan philosopher, wrote in The Social Contract the processes to establish a political institution. The bedrock idea put forth in his writing is that there are two parts to society: the sovereign and the government. The sovereign consists of the populace, and develops an infallible “general will,” the collectively held desire that strives for the common good of the society.

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 4:42pm

Perhaps to your chagrin, this is another column regarding the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement at the University of Michigan.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 6:58pm

While I’m no modern lifestyle guru, I have in fact noticed the frequent use of the qualifier “minimalist” as an antecedent for many of the current “hottest trends.” (And yes, I do realize I sound like a middle-aged white mom as I type this phrase.) Recently, I’ve heard friends and acquaintances alike refer to their preferences as those of a minimalist — be it musical taste, clothing choice or living arrangement.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 6:17pm

I was invited to a bar crawl this past weekend. Though I love Charley’s, The Brown Jug and Rick’s, the thought of going to each in quick succession made me anxious. I tried to do a quick mental calculation of how much mixed drinks, beer and cover from each bar would cost me. The number was intimidating.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 5:07pm

Imagine you are a social justice warrior in college. You believe that Bernie Sanders’s ideas are novel. You are passionate about raising the minimum wage. You believe women have a right to free and safe abortions. You think college tuition ought to be free for all Americans. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 5:06pm
Words can't threaten people

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 2:23am

As of 2017, eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized the recreational use of cannabis. While Michigan is one of the 29 states with a medical cannabis program, there is no question that our state can improve when it comes to legislating drug policies. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 2:06am
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 1:58am
Burned out

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 1:56am

“They treat me like Cinderella around here,” I once exaggerated when I was little. I was never too interested in the general idea of princesses, but they’re a staple in the media diet of young girls. They line the toy aisles and are one of the main focuses of children’s movies and TV shows, so they’re easy for kids to connect with.