President Trump Threatens to Revoke California’s Waiver under the Clean Air Act: Can he do it?

By:  Robert Bryson President Trump, as part of the Administration’s goal of rolling back regulations designed to combat climate change, has threatened to rollback a waiver granted to California to pursue stricter vehicle emissions standards. Under the Obama Administration, the federal government and California collaborated on preparing the currently-enacted vehicle standards.[1] The waiver was granted … Continue reading President Trump Threatens to Revoke California’s Waiver under the Clean Air Act: Can he do it?

The Accountable Capitalism Act: Should Corporations be mandated to act under moral obligations of personhood or only to maximize the value of their shares?

By:  Maryam Karimi With the widening inequality in corporate America and ever-rising CEO compensation, strides towards restructuring corporate wealth may be one of the most important and onerous tasks a senator can choose to undertake.[1] On August 15, 2018, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts introduced the Accountable Capitalism Act which would create an Office of … Continue reading The Accountable Capitalism Act: Should Corporations be mandated to act under moral obligations of personhood or only to maximize the value of their shares?

Corporate Personhood: Can a corporation really hold religious views? How did we get here?

By:  Robert Bryson Corporate personhood is the legal notion that a corporation is a distinct entity that exists separately from the human being associated with it (like owners, managers, and employees). Corporations got their first breath of life in the Justinian Digest (the latest iteration of the Roman Code). Pope Innocent IV (pontificate from 1243-54) … Continue reading Corporate Personhood: Can a corporation really hold religious views? How did we get here?

Who is America according to “Who is America”

By: Ridgeway Woulfe America is undoubtedly in the midst of a painful identity crisis.  Childish Gambino released a summer hit entitled “This is America,” where he deftly gives his perception on America.  In the video, the happy-go-lucky music and lyrics providing a sense of joy.  At points throughout the song, the joyful music gives way … Continue reading Who is America according to “Who is America”

PIAC Gun Control Series: Analyzing Australia’s Gun Control Laws and their Applicability to the United States

By:  Jessica Colburn and Robert Bryson Imagine United States in 2039. It hasn’t had a mass shooting since 2019.  Gun violence remains a problem, but nothing on the scale of Las Vegas, Pulse, Sandy Hook, or Parkland. How did this happen? A handful of congresspeople met in secret agreed to work on gun control legislation; … Continue reading PIAC Gun Control Series: Analyzing Australia’s Gun Control Laws and their Applicability to the United States

Supreme Court Promotes a Double Standard for Religious Animus: Muslims to Christians

By:  Ridgeway Woulfe Last week, we explored the double standard the Supreme Court created by its Masterpiece Cake and its decision to uphold Trump’s nation-based immigration ban (apparently not a Muslim ban, as he routinely stated).  In Masterpiece Cake, the Supreme Court held that a Commission’s animus toward a Christian baker was enough to find … Continue reading Supreme Court Promotes a Double Standard for Religious Animus: Muslims to Christians

Supreme Court Promotes a Double Standard for Religious Animus: Presidents to State Commissions

By:  Ken Jensen In her dissent to the majority opinion upholding Trump’s travel ban, Justice Sotomayor identifies a compelling contradiction with the Court’s previous opinion regarding gay wedding cakes.  In Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Comm'n, the Court decided whether a baker could refuse to design or bake a cake for a same-sex … Continue reading Supreme Court Promotes a Double Standard for Religious Animus: Presidents to State Commissions

PIAC Gun Control Series: Reasons for Owning a Gun

By:  PIAC Editorial Board Within this series, PIAC discussed the impact of guns on American life.  We have analyzed the variety of types of shooting victims, and the research still needed.  We have busted the myths around gun control.  Now, we explore the legitimate reasons for gun ownership. Obviously, gun ownership is a divisive topic. … Continue reading PIAC Gun Control Series: Reasons for Owning a Gun

PIAC Gun Control Series: Mythbusting Gun Control

By: Ridgeway Woulfe Mythbusting Gun Control At this point in PIAC’s comprehensive gun control series, we discussed the impact of guns on American life, including its intimate connection to suicide and inter-familial violence.  Here, we will analyze some of the most common myths about gun control. Myth: If you make guns illegal, it won’t stop … Continue reading PIAC Gun Control Series: Mythbusting Gun Control

PIAC Gun Control Series: The Statistics and Needed Research of Gun Control

By:  Maryam Karimi Gun control is one of the most contentious issues facing Americans today. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading researcher regarding mortality data, between 1999 and 2016, at least 26,000 children and teenagers under the age of 18 were killed as a result of guns. Another study … Continue reading PIAC Gun Control Series: The Statistics and Needed Research of Gun Control