Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Bending the arc

By Mike Tudoreanu

April 27, 2014

Filed under Opinion, Scrolling Headlines, Senior Columns

What was the world like in the year when you were born? No matter who you are and when you are reading this, chances are that some countries existed back then which no longer exist now, and some new countries were founded in the...

The meaning of Easter

The meaning of Easter

April 21, 2014

U.S. politics does not suffer from partisanship

By Mike Tudoreanu

November 14, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

It has become part of the conventional wisdom to say that American politics is too polarized or too partisan these days. After the recent government shutdown, there were many commentators blaming it on the fact that the Republ...

What would Jesus vote for?

By Mike Tudoreanu

October 31, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

One of the most shocking developments in recent American politics is the rise of a brand of Christian conservatism that embraces extreme free-market economic views. Politicians like Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz and others claim to be inspired...

The land of the not-so-free

By Mike Tudoreanu

October 17, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Pop quiz: Which country holds the greatest number of people in prison? You might be tempted to say China, because it has a large total population and an authoritarian state that cracks down on dissent. However, China only has the second highest prison population in the world. What abo...

Lessons from the Chilean 9/11

By Mike Tudoreanu

September 18, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last week, the world remembered 9/11, a tragic day that marks the deaths of thousands of people who lost their lives in a reactionary attack against democracy. Here in the United States, our thoughts and prayers were with the victims of the attack in 2001, 12 years ago...

The deficit hawks have no clothes

By Mike Tudoreanu

April 28, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

The past two weeks made me immensely proud to be part of the University of Massachusetts economics department. I would never have believed it is possible to get the media’s attention by writing an academic paper, but my c...

Margaret Thatcher and the lesson of free-market oppression

By Mike Tudoreanu

April 10, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Margaret Thatcher is dead. To many Americans, especially the youth, her name probably means nothing. After all, how is a British prime minister from the 1980s relevant to us, or to the world, today? She is relevant because of the ...

Why men should be feminists

By Mike Tudoreanu

March 26, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

In the 19th century, European empires expanded far and wide in search of natural resources, cheap labor and new markets, conquering most of the world in the process. And every time they took over a new area with a large populati...

In defense of organized religion

By Mike Tudoreanu

March 6, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

With all the news surrounding the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, religion and in particular the Catholic Church have been the subject of much debate. Benedict XVI was widely considered a conservative Pope (although he was to...

The divine right of markets

By Mike Tudoreanu

February 20, 2013

Filed under Columns, Opinion

There was a time when absolute monarchies ruled the world, and many learned men praised the supposed blessings that kings bestowed upon their subjects, by giving them clear orders to follow and removing the need for democracy with its complicated, messy, inefficient debates. Then the wor...