Compass

Compass is an online journal that provides a space for the work of talented undergraduates who have original and well-articulated insights on important ideas and issues relating to American democracy understood in the broad contexts of political philosophy, history, literature, economics, and culture. Compass is a joint project of the Tocqueville Forum at Northern Illinois University and the Center for Political Thought and Leadership at Arizona State University.

LATEST ARTICLES

Defining Criminality: Confronting Racist and Classist Narratives of the Criminal
June 12, 2020 Sophia R. Meacham

Defining someone as a criminal carries serious consequences for the individual in terms of a denial of resources, increased surveillance, incarceration, and dehumanization, and also for society as a whole.

Bionic Wings
March 21, 2018 Jacob Bruggeman

“NOW!” screams Transhumanism—obsessed like Gatsby—refusing to take heed of others’ objections and so many warnings in the canon of science fiction and the timelessness of Murphy’s Law.

What Does “all men are created equal” Mean?
February 26, 2018 Morgan Keith

Two students from the University of Missouri take on this question at a time when many young people struggle with the promise of America juxtaposed against issues of institutional discrimination.

What Does “all men are created equal” Mean?
February 26, 2018 Mackinlee Rogers

Two students from the University of Missouri take on this question at a time when many young people struggle with the promise of America juxtaposed against issues of institutional discrimination.

The Role of Christianity in Hobbes’s Political Project
February 15, 2018 David Soper

For Hobbes, religion is not inherently beneficial for society. Instead, good theology is required in order to make religion useful.

The Problem of the West[ern]
January 18, 2018 Kiley Duhn

Three great Western films—Stagecoach, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and the contemporary No Country for Old Men—delve deep into the American psyche and make a broad claim that the American way of mixing freedom and rule is inherently flawed.

Neoliberal Evolution of the Space Exploration Industry in Relation to the Tech Industry
December 14, 2017 William A. Preecs

Ingenuity is a part of the American character. As Americans, we must reflect on the mistakes of our past in the evolution of Tech to best approach the coming evolution of the space exploration industry.

Anti-Hispanic Sentiment and U.S.-Mexican Relations
November 16, 2017 Jessica DellAquila

The essay examines the racism present in the foundational period of foreign relations between the United States and Mexico that occurred between the 1840s and 1850s, seeking to show parallels between the racist rhetoric and policy of the foundational period of U.S.-Mexico relations and today.

Do We Need A Compass?
October 16, 2017 Andrea Radasanu

A Compass Conversation featuring the founding editor of Compass, Andrea Radasanu

In God We Trust: Reconciling Religiosity in a Secular Nation
October 12, 2017 Tess Saperstein

The recent evolution of the Religious Right underscores the value that most Americans place on the separation of church and state. Religion is able to influence American politics only insofar as it reflects the expression of individual political opinions as motivated by religious belief.

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January 16, 2016 liftdivision

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