COMPASS

An Undergraduate Journal of American Political Ideas

COMPASS

Omelas and Bensalem: Liberty and Utopias
September 6, 2018
- Is it possible for a society to be good without liberty? Bacon's The New Atlantis and Le Guin's The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas both aid in exploring this important question.
Moving Beyond American Conditional Aid to Haiti
August 16, 2018
- A root cause of Haiti's poverty is the IMF's structural adjustment plan. A solution based on Chinese aid, unlike neo-liberal policies, allows Haiti to protect its rice and other industries.
Constitutional Individualism: The Ninth Amendment and the “Natural Rights of Man”
July 19, 2018
- The Ninth Amendment is not a one-off historical anachronism aimed at protecting nonexistent rights. Instead, it should be construed by the courts as a bulwark against undue governmental interference in people’s private lives.
Tocqueville and the Earthbound American Spirit
June 21, 2018
- This article assesses the gulf between Tocqueville’s claim that human beings have naturally transcendent souls and his observations of the democratic souls of Americans.
Symposium on Alexander Hamilton’s Legacy
May 17, 2018
- Hamilton is often sidelined in favor of other founders such as Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. The Tocqueville Forum students featured here reconsider Hamilton’s legacy, aided by careful reading of Hamilton’s own writings.
A Practical Solution to the Death of the American Dream
May 10, 2018
- Has slowing class mobility caused the shift in American culture away from the traditional "American Dream"? Or has this shift in American culture caused slowing class mobility?
Should Pornography that Patently Objectifies Women be Banned?
April 12, 2018
- The debate around banning pornography that objectifies women fractured the feminist movement. Future attempts to outlaw pornography will follow the precedent set forth in Osbourne v. Ohio and attempt to ban pornography in order to protect public health and safety.
Bionic Wings
March 21, 2018
- “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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- A Starting Points Conversation featuring the founding editor of Compass, Andrea Radasanu
In God We Trust: Reconciling Religiosity in a Secular Nation
October 12, 2017
- 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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