Entries Tagged as 'Ryan Gerdes'

From the Part the Whole, Mostly

March 13th, 2010 · No Comments

One does not attend the local gatherings of Republicans or Democrats (much less joint meetings) in hopes of witnessing or participating in actual disputation, even at the university level, where it might be reasonably expected. One is still required to observe, however, if for no other reason than to gain some measure of the parties’ [...]

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Tags: 2010 · AP Issues · Commentary · March 2010 · Ryan Gerdes

The Fatuity of Hope

January 29th, 2009 · No Comments

“Do we participate in a politics of cynicism, or do we participate in a politics of hope? … Hope in the face of difficulty, hope in the face of uncertainty, the audacity of hope: in the end, that is God’s greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation, a belief in things not seen, [...]

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Tags: 2009 · AP Issues · Commentary · January 2009 · Ryan Gerdes

Competing Views of Media Bias in the Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

July 8th, 2008 · No Comments

The following essay is an expanded version of a guest commentary that appeared in the Iowa State Daily. To many of us, it seems that, while there may be no conscious effort on the part of the media to minimise the injustice suffered by the Palestinians, there is nonetheless a tendency to report on the [...]

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Tags: 2008 · AP Issues · Commentary · June 2008 · Ryan Gerdes

A Conversation with Christopher Hitchens

November 16th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Christopher Hitchens is a British-born author and journalist now residing in Washington, D.C., where he became a naturalized citizen on his 58th birthday on April 13 of this year. A former Trotskyist, Hitchens broke with the left as he grew increasingly concerned with the threat of Islamic terrorism and disenchanted with what he called the [...]

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Tags: Ames Progressive Classics · AP Issues · Gavin Aronsen · Interviews · October/November 2007 · Ryan Gerdes

Iraq: Beyond Good Intentions

October 2nd, 2007 · No Comments

Below is an exchange between the president of the campus peace and non-violence organization, Greg Bonett, and Ryan Gerdes. Gerdes recently authored a guest commentary published in the Iowa State Daily in which he argued for a persistent reserve of US troops in Iraq to protect human rights.

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Tags: AP Issues · Commentary · Greg Bonett · March 2007 · Ryan Gerdes