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Opinion pieces on LSE, domestic, and international affairs.

Inside the London School of Brexit-bashing

The LSE is against Brexit. But is it biased against Brexit? Bias is defined as “cause to feel or show inclination or prejudice for or against someone or something”. Within this definition, two words stand out: “prejudice” and “feel[ing]”.  Uncorroborated…

The Final Straw: decoupling Environmentalism from Eugenics

The spectre of plastic straws is haunting the world. European and American powers have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Prime Minister, Tory and Labour, French socialists and American conservatives alike. With good reason, too…

The Black Women’s body and sexuality

I am a Black Feminist. I mean I recognise that my power as well as my primary oppressions come as a result of my blackness as well as my womaness, and therefore my struggles on both of these fronts are…

What does it mean to be Black? A Debate

Written by Alejandra Padín-Dujon, illustration by Christina Ivey Black History Month in the UK is a time to celebrate community and Black Pride. But one crucial question remains: what does it mean to be Black? Push that further: what does…

How to prevent Digital Racial Profiling

Written by Micah Roberts Our capacity to be manipulated is broad and well-documented. Semantic games when positing questions can result in radical changes in answers. George Monbiot, cites a survey to illustrate the power of emotive lexical choice. 65% of…

Take Two: the Second Referendum and the Game of Frames

I received my call to write this article, covering a debate on the Second Referendum in collaboration with LSE’s own Debate Society, under intriguing circumstances. Initially hesitant to write about an issue so polarizing as Brexit, one day, scuffling out…

Brexit and Ego Death

There are two underlying forces in debate, and the formation of political discourse in general. These two forces dictate the ‘winners’ and ‘losers’ of debate, and in turn can determine the ideas that shape the political narratives of subsequent generations.…

Saving print journalism: out with the new, in with the old

illustration by Amelia Jabry Print journalism is dying. Newspaper circulation is plummeting across the board. The Sun, the best-selling newspaper in the UK, recorded a 12% year-on-year decline in circulation in August 2019. The Guardian’s circulation is down 5% from…

Rory Stewart and the North-South divide

Cast your minds back to May 2019. Most of us were swarmed with exams, the weather was warming, and Theresa May announced her resignation – this was also the time where the nation was introduced to Conservative MP and Pret…

Letter to the editor: LSE and climate change

It is very good to see a debate in ‘The Beaver’ about sustainability at LSE, and climate change in particular (‘A Changing Climate at LSE’ and ‘LSE and the climate emergency’). LSE has set up a Sustainability Advisory Group consisting…