Saving Dmitri: Freedom

A democracy rooted in freedom can only function in a virtuous society. If a nation once free becomes deeply intertwined with evil, or simply exists with a neutral behavior toward goodness, then it is destined to approach an end or a painful new beginning.  Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to […]

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Addressing the human trafficking crisis

Jenna McKaye was in high school when she was enslaved by a fellow student. This man   subjected McKaye to prostitution, rape, beatings and online advertisements that portrayed her as a commodity. During this time, she was married to her trafficker in an unassuming community in Southern California. Who could have guessed she was a slave? Human trafficking involves the […]

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Growing up in faith: The moral of Taylor Swift’s ‘Peter’

Every year since 2019, Taylor Swift has released or re-released one or more studio albums, including last week’s addition, “The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology.” This 31-track album is a combination of disappointing, throw-away songwriting and messages that will outlast any mention of the singer, specifically in the track called “Peter.” Initially, I heard this song thinking that it was […]

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Saving Dmitri: Economic socialism and Christianity

I find myself increasingly unable to identify with either of the major political parties in the U.S. When researching party alternatives, I came across the Freedom Socialist Party, a self-proclaimed “feminist, working-class organization made up of people of many races, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations and ages.” Upon further reading of their website, it became clear that one of their central […]

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Saving Dmitri: Freedom of speech in universities

In an editorial for the New York Times, comedian Nimesh Patel recounted the story of his being kicked off stage at Columbia University in 2018 after telling an offensive joke. Ben Shapiro, Milo Yiannopoulos, Nicholas Dirks, Riley Gaines and Donald Trump have similar stories of either removal from a college campus or disallowance from speaking or attending many universities based […]

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Choosing the right diet: Paleo

In Disney Pixar’s “Ratatouille,” Remy, the protagonist, espouses the thought that, “If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff.” For a rodent like Remy, that could mean diverging in essentially any way from the norm of eating bricks and garbage like any other rat, making him an outcast from his family as a […]

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