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  • The Socialist’s Journal: The Rice Doctrine

    Apr 14, 14 by Trevor Brookins 2 Comments

    *“When America steps back and there is a vacuum, trouble will fill that vacuum.” That remark from former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was a critique of President Obama’s (without explicitly naming him) foreign policy initiatives of withdrawing American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. It was also a call to arms with regard to the […]

  • The Socialist’s Journal: The Presidential Takeover

    Apr 8, 14 by Trevor Brookins Leave a comment

    *The expansion of presidential power is one of the issues that seems to change a person’s argument according to the party in the Oval Office. Democrats gripe when a Republican President exercises excess authority and vice versa. But most people are really upset not by the fact that Presidents have more power than they did […]

  • The Socialist’s Journal: A Revolution at Northwestern

    Apr 1, 14 by Trevor Brookins Leave a comment

    *The tide has turned. And not a second too soon. The National Labor Relations Board has concluded that college football players at Northwestern University qualify as workers and are therefore eligible to form a union. With that decision, and the label of labor, comes the ability to bargain for better wages. But more importantly for […]

  • The Socialist’s Journal: Athletic Scholarships

    Mar 25, 14 by Trevor Brookins Leave a comment

    *Phil Everyguy* loved basketball. Throughout childhood he dreamed of playing in the NBA. Phil knew that he would have to go to college first so he worked hard to improve. Earning a scholarship became the most important thing in his life. Finally he was offered a scholarship. Phil was excited; he had made it to […]

  • The Socialist’s Journal: On Collegiate Athletic Conferences

    Mar 17, 14 by Trevor Brookins Leave a comment

     *I have gotten a number of emails from folks who believe I automatically jump to a conclusion based on race or ethnicity. Over the past few years I haven’t responded to any of these messages in my column. I only do so here to assert that I do think about an issue for a good […]

  • The Socialist’s Journal: Momentum

    Mar 11, 14 by Trevor Brookins Leave a comment

    *With the emergence of moneyball, the philosophy at the core of the movie, there has been a growing tension between those who evaluate athletes qualitatively and those who see sports as quantitative. Qualitative folks see sports in a more traditional manner. If a player has the right tools and has competed against the right competition, […]