A Crude Awakening
April 20th marked a historic day for the American economy. Prices for May contracts obliging the purchase of crude oil traded at negative values in the New York Mercantile Exchange. Buyers found themselves locked into contracts wherein the cost to store the commodity was greater than the value of the commodity itself. While the Coronavirus was a catalyst for this collapse, the oil industry has shakily been declining since the turn of the decade. With future contracts for the rest of the year still holding value and President Trump’s call for an oil industry bailout, the long-term future of the industry remains hopeful despite this momentous crash.
Tiger King becomes a cultural phenomenon
Tiger King created a meme frenzy to mark the beginning of the pandemic. The show focuses on a feud between big cat owner, Joe Exotic, and his attempt to have animal rights activist Carol Baskin murdered. The show became popular because of its over-the-top cast. Joe Exotic is a gun-toting, gay redneck with two husbands and over a hundred big cats. Doc Antel is another zoo owner who has been accused of running a pseudo-cult. Even the show’s “normal” people aren’t immune from accusations; many believe that Carol Baskin killed her ex-husband. An apt show for a weird year.
Don’t Watch Tiger King, Read a Dang Book
A column from George Will this month struck a chord with me. As we all adjust to our newfound lives, many of us are finding that we have more free time than ever before, but not much to do with it. To cure our collective cabin fever, we’ve gorged ourselves on television, movies, and music, but not many books. As Will writes, “Deep literacy has always been a minority taste and attainment, but is always necessary, especially among elites, to leaven majoritarian politics.” After reading WIll’s column, take a few hours this month to engage in a complex, detailed text. During quarantine, don’t watch Tiger King; read a dang book.
Iranian Aggression Can’t Be Overlooked
One of the greatest enemies to freedom in the world is Iran, an oppressive Islamist regime. With coronavirus in the headlines, it is easy to overlook their recent acts of aggression, notably the launching of a military satellite and harassing of U.S. naval forces in the Persian Gulf. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) launched a satellite with “the same technology that would be needed to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile” according to CNN. Iranian gunboats came dangerously close to U.S. naval vessels operating in international waters, ignoring warnings for an hour. These seemingly minor threats are how regimes like Iran test the U.S. and push limits. We cannot overlook these acts because they put U.S. servicemen and citizens in harm’s way.
The Spectator Becomes the First Magazine to Print 10,000 Issues
The oldest magazine in the world, The Spectator set a historic precedent as the first-ever to publish 10,000 issues. While most of the British press continues to regurgitate conventional wisdom, the pages of The Spectator has remained a beacon of wit, civility, and independent thought since 1828. As Charles Moore, a former editor put it in a piece commemorating the 10,000th issue, “If one had to single out a common thread in the magazine which has made it sometimes Tory, sometimes Liberal, sometimes politically homeless (and never socialist), it has been a love of freedom.” From supporting the Union almost alone during the Civil War to presciently opposing the European Project, The Spectator has always been committed to its principles. So here’s to 10,000 issues of the world’s finest magazine, and to 10,000 more.
E-Learning Reveals Holes in the American Education System
With the closure of almost every public school in the United States, parents have a window for the first time in decades into their children’s’ education. As learning objectives and lessons go online, the gap is being made more distinct every day between the education philosophy of the 2000s and 2020s. Schools across the United States have lagged behind with an ancient model of Deweyian activities instead of fostering an entrepreneurial spirit of individualism. The harsh reality is that only one of those two translates to any time of crisis—and it isn’t awkward packets from 1994. Additionally, students without internet access are left alone in isolation as other students find apathy more appealing than completing work. COVID-19’s biggest and most lasting impact will be on our education system.
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