There Is A Cost Associated With Being A Global Superpower

There Is A Cost Associated With Being A Global Superpower

There's also a cost associated with being an independent country.

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Since the start of the Cold War, the United States of America has been considered a global power. In fact, after the crumble of the Soviet Union, the United States has become the world's unipolar superpower.

The competitive nature of American culture lends itself to pride in our global presence, strength and general dominance. But exerting influence through regime change, wars and even supporting allies — whether economically or militarily — is a subject of contention.

There are two questions to ask in deciding U.S. intervention policy. Firstly, does the United States owe the world a responsibility to participate in, help or dictate the outcome of global situations? The second question is to what degree does America owe that responsibility? The concern with answering this question is that there are two extremes, as there is with anything else. On one hand, some argue that we have no responsibility to the world. Others say that because of our dominance on the world stage, the entire world is our responsibility.

But those two perspectives are not the norm. What makes this subject so contentious is twofold: 1. Those who agree that we owe the world some degree of responsibility cannot agree on how much, 2. There is a split on what type of responsibility we owe the world. The first disagreement can never be solved. It is rare for anyone to agree "how much" should be done, even when they agree that something should be.

What's interesting about this debate is that it is divided into two lines. Progressive liberals tend to believe that military intervention and regime change are inappropriate. Conservatives are under the impression that economic contributions to the U.N. and NATO are an undue burden and are unfair to the American people.

At this point, you may be asking yourself why we can't provide both economic and military support to the world. Or even why they are not grouped together as "aid." What separates the two? Why does this separation exist? The answer is justice.

Many people believe it just to donate to international peacekeeping efforts, global coalitions and poor countries. It is argued that these contributions keep the peace, drive social change and may help the world make significant progress. Others find that it's just to eliminate tyrannical, controlling dictatorships, defend allies militarily and provide them with the military resources they need.

So, is there an answer to what type of support the United States should provide to the world? Not quite. Justice is at the root of every debate and drives the difference in opinion. However, there is certainly a cost associated with being a world superpower. The opportunity cost of dramatically cutting either form of global aid results in poor global relations and possible trade disagreements and may make the world worse off. What we are giving up (the world's good favor, friendly support, possible trade agreements, even political leverage) is not worth the gains that are made by becoming an isolationist country. I am willing to admit that it is in our best interest to provide aid and be a relevant player in the world — regardless of whether we have a responsibility to do so or not. There is a cost associated with being a world superpower that is paid in either aid or international relations.

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An Open Letter To Democrats From A Millennial Republican

Why being a Republican doesn't mean I'm inhuman.
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Dear Democrats,

I have a few things to say to you — all of you.

You probably don't know me. But you think you do. Because I am a Republican.

Gasp. Shock. Horror. The usual. I know it all. I hear it every time I come out of the conservative closet here at my liberal arts university.

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“You're a Republican?" people ask, saying the word in the same tone that Draco Malfoy says “Mudblood."

I know that not all Democrats feel about Republicans this way. Honestly, I can't even say for certain that most of them do. But in my experience, saying you're a Republican on a liberal college campus has the same effect as telling someone you're a child molester.

You see, in this day and age, with leaders of the Republican Party standing up and spouting unfortunately ridiculous phrases like “build a wall," and standing next to Kim Davis in Kentucky after her release, we Republicans are given an extreme stereotype. If you're a Republican, you're a bigot. You don't believe in marriage equality. You don't believe in racial equality. You don't believe in a woman's right to choose. You're extremely religious and want to impose it on everyone else.

Unfortunately, stereotypes are rooted in truth. There are some people out there who really do think these things and feel this way. And it makes me mad. The far right is so far right that they make the rest of us look bad. They make sure we aren't heard. Plenty of us are fed up with their theatrics and extremism.

For those of us brave enough to wear the title “Republican" in this day and age, as millennials, it's different. Many of us don't agree with these brash ideas. I'd even go as far as to say that most of us don't feel this way.

For me personally, being a Republican doesn't even mean that I automatically vote red.

When people ask me to describe my political views, I usually put it pretty simply. “Conservative, but with liberal social views."

“Oh," they say, “so you're a libertarian."

“Sure," I say. But that's the thing. I'm not really a libertarian.

Here's what I believe:

I believe in marriage equality. I believe in feminism. I believe in racial equality. I don't want to defund Planned Parenthood. I believe in birth control. I believe in a woman's right to choose. I believe in welfare. I believe more funds should be allocated to the public school system.

Then what's the problem? Obviously, I'm a Democrat then, right?

Wrong. Because I have other beliefs too.

Yes, I believe in the right to choose — but I'd always hope that unless a pregnancy would result in the bodily harm of the woman, that she would choose life. I believe in welfare, but I also believe that our current system is broken — there are people who don't need it receiving it, and others who need it that cannot access it.

I believe in capitalism. I believe in the right to keep and bear arms, because I believe we have a people crisis on our hands, not a gun crisis. Contrary to popular opinion, I do believe in science. I don't believe in charter schools. I believe in privatizing as many things as possible. I don't believe in Obamacare.

Obviously, there are other topics on the table. But, generally speaking, these are the types of things we millennial Republicans get flack for. And while it is OK to disagree on political beliefs, and even healthy, it is NOT OK to make snap judgments about me as a person. Identifying as a Republican does not mean I am the same as Donald Trump.

Just because I am a Republican, does not mean you know everything about me. That does not give you the right to make assumptions about who I am as a person. It is not OK for you to group me with my stereotype or condemn me for what I feel and believe. And for a party that prides itself on being so open-minded, it shocks me that many of you would be so judgmental.

So I ask you to please, please, please reexamine how you view Republicans. Chances are, you're missing some extremely important details. If you only hang out with people who belong to your own party, chances are you're missing out on great people. Because, despite what everyone believes, we are not our stereotype.

Sincerely,

A millennial Republican

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The EU's 'Article 13' Might Mark The End Of Fandoms

Content might end up being censored and taken down from the Internet.

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Today is such a dark day for the Internet — Article 13, a set of broad copyright regulations, has been passed in the EU. For those who are not informed, Article 13 is a copyright law that critics say will lead to European Internet users' content being pre-screened for copyright-protected material. This could affect one of the most dedicated groups of internet users: fandoms. Fandoms are groups of fans who share a strong and passionate interest for an anime, a movie, a TV show, a band, or celebrity, etc.

How does Article 13 truly affect fandoms? It destroys the fandoms' ways of expressing their creativity and love. This includes fan art, fan fiction, fan music covers, and even fan blogs on the Internet. All of this content will end up being censored and taken down from the Internet.

Why should we care? Believe it or not, but fandoms aren't just small groups of fans. They involve numerous people! Also, fandoms not only hold an influence on the success of a particular TV show and certain franchises, but also fandoms have helped improve many people's mental health. By mental health, many people have built many friendships and connections due to a common interest, giving people a sense of belonging and a feeling of home. Considering this, it's such a shame that European users who belong to numerous fandoms will no longer be able to have access to fandoms anymore.

As a fan artist, this truly impacts me. Not only do I lose a European audience, but this also destroys my freedom of creativity and my way of self-expression. Fan art has helped me improve my drawing style and in fact, allows me to show my love and support for a fandom. By contributing fan art, not only do I promote myself but I also show my honesty as an artist in the things I love. And I believe every other fan-artist feels the same way!

For those who want to help save fandoms and even help those living in Europe, one thing you can do to help and save fandoms is to spread the word! Let people know the bad things about Article 13 and tell people how Article 13 affects you. Let people know that a future without fandoms is unacceptable.

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