Spring Issue, 2019

Power. As George Orwell put it: We know that no one ever seizes it with the intention of relinquishing it. However, after two years of controlling all three branches of government, the Republican Party had to cede its majority in the House of Representatives as a result of the electoral victories of a new generation of Democratic legislators. Among these new members of Congress is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for New York’s 14th district. Loïs explains why this newcomer is already making such a big impact.

The rich and powerful might soon start to pay their dues. As now famous Dutch historian Rutger Bregman said at a Davos conference in January: “we’ve got to be talking about taxes!”. In recent months, many Democrats, including Ocasio-Cortez, have started renewed calls for higher marginal tax rates. Tristan investigates their arguments and the historical basis for these proposed tax reforms.

With all the political chaos in the US, Canada seems like a good place to escape to. Not just Americans, but several American Studies students have made that trip this year. In this Issue, Cat talks about spending a year in Canada.

March Madness, it doesn’t (just) refer to the chaos of preparing for spring exams but rather to the most important college basketball tournament of the year. Matthijs explains what this sporting event is all about and the exploitation that goes on behind the scenes.

Speaking of madness, what would the exam weeks be without good food? Maud’s recipe for a leek quiche will help you survive your exams!