Author: Harrison Lee

Meet Harrison Lee: A Voice Not To Be Drowned

Today’s political and cultural landscape is one of intimidation and censorship, both explicit and implicit. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to notice that the field of academia is overwhelmingly reflective of one particular stream of thinking. It’s pretty much groupthink. While that stream of thinking is present if not ubiquitous among the student population, many actively disagree. Discovering one’s own values and principles requires the act of seeking knowledge, and that cannot be done without the freedom of speech and expression. In high school classrooms all across America, education is shaping up to be a tool for indoctrination and propaganda, a consequence from almost a century of plunder and deceit. As William F. Buckley Jr. wrote in God and Man at Yale, “a free association, within a free society, shaping an educational institution toward its own purpose, is practicing a freedom which totalitarian societies would never permit to do.” Pointing out an obvious bias on campuses in North America, Buckley warned of a present and existential threat towards one’s right of free expression and …

Declining Crude Prices: A General Overview of the Effects

Despite OPEC’s decision in November to keep production constant at 30m barrels a day, output did fall marginally by 122,000 barrels or 0.4% in December, 2014. The price of the WTI and Brent standard stood at $51.96 and $55.78 respectively at 9:25 pm on January 4th, 2015. All this follows in the wake of oil prices decreasing during 2014. The effects of this decrease have reverberated in global markets around the world, and governments have responded in different ways. Asian Economies: Ulterior Motives The decline in the price of crude oil over the past three months has affected countries very differently. For instance, Indonesia, an emerging economy that used to be a member of OPEC, but then suspended its membership in 2009 in the wake of increasing internal demand and declining production of petroleum, implemented additional measures to reduce subsidies following their November announcement to limit diesel subsidies. As per the latest announcement, the government has stopped subsidizing gasoline, and has implemented a fixed diesel subsidy of $0.08 as of the first day of 2015 …