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Angelica Oung and Ben Gossart write about nuclear energy and blood donation. Harry and Philip consider grand strategy and pork barrel politics.

Last Week's Digest + A Throwback

Angelica Oung and Ben Gossart write about nuclear energy and blood donation. Harry and Philip consider grand strategy and pork barrel politics.

Spectacles  — 15 March 2022

Hey everyone, before I get to the digest, I have one quick thing. You may have noticed yesterday's Insight was quite different from how it's been for a while. We're trying out this new format in hopes that we can keep things digestible while making some room for a deeper lesson about democratic health and functioning.

We hope you like it, but we want to hear every opinion, positive or negative. Next week, we'll send out a survey to get your thoughts. Until then, here's everything from last week.

One from the archive:

The Dangers of an Existential Struggle Between Liberalism and Authoritarianism | Focus
While it may be appealing to frame American foreign policy as an ideological battle, it is misleading at best and downright dangerous at worst.
A real oldie this time, one of our first. Harry explains why viewing geopolitics as a struggle between democracy and autocracy is misleading at best and dangerous at worst.

Everything from last week:

Taiwan’s Nuclear Memories | Angelica Oung
The tragic forty-year history of Taiwan’s Fourth Nuclear Plant yields key lessons on energy policy, democracy, security, and more.
Angelica Oung joins us for a podcast discussion and a fantastic contributed piece about Taiwan, nuclear energy, and democracy's blind-spots.
The Pork Is Back in Town | Insight
Congress is reviving pork barrel politics. By allowing legislators to bring home big projects, it could rejuvenate Congress—or corruption.
Philip argues that bringing back pork-barrel politics could be a positive.
How to Solve the Blood Shortage | Guest Insight
The FDA’s blood donation rules stigmatize sexual minorities for no good reason—and it may cost a million lives each year.
Benjamin Gossart, a poli-sci/bio double major at Northeastern, explains how discriminatory rules from the FDA are bad for liberalism and could be costing lives.

That's all, since we missed Monday due to our camping trip.

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