Author: The Kenyon Observer

The Kenyon Observer: Fall 2020

Editors’ Note: In the aftermath of a contentious presidential election, and as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the world, The Kenyon Observer is back with a new issue. With America and the world facing a global health crisis and a broad backsliding of democracy, we hope to bring some thought-provoking perspectives conducive to fresh

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Neoliberal Discontents and the Enduring Relevance of Karl Polanyi

By Harry Clennon When human society triumphantly reached “the end of history” with the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, its (perceived) teleological culmination of progress was defined by the ideology of neoliberalism. Premised on the idea that the free flow of goods and capital internationally combined with limited domestic government would generate significant

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Democracy, Drones, and the Need for a New Antiwar Foreign Policy Vision

By Tommy Johnson On January 3, the President of the United States ordered a strike that took place at the Bagh- dad Airport. Three drones cruised overhead, each armed with a Hellfire missile. Using a mix of satellite imagery, signals analysis, and finally tips from CIA operatives, remote-controlled drones targeted, identified, and killed Qasem Soleimani.

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Politics Can’t Make You Happy

Chris Paludi

American elections are, personally and politically, often unpleasant. They can feel like trench warfare as earlier and earlier every cycle, both sides gear up for a battle of attrition. But, I think – hope – there is another way for us to think about our politics, and elections provide the opportunity for reflection. They’re like a political New Year’s Eve;