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How Does Comedy Impact Society?

May 24, 2023

Humor has influenced society for several centuries with wit and satire. Comedy as commentary on page and on stage has had an effect on public perception and even official policy. Why do comedians discuss politics? […]

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Modern Philosophy

What Is Star Wars Day?

May 4, 2023

Star Wars is one of the most popular and beloved sci-fi franchises of all time. For more than 45 years, fans have enjoyed the adventures of Jedi, wookiees, and the Force. Since 2008, it’s had its own holiday. […]

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Who Interprets and Reviews Constitutions?

March 13, 2023

In most democracies, courts interpret the constitutions. While the US Supreme Court fills the role of constitutional court and final appellate court at the same time, some countries have separate constitutional courts. […]

Illustration of a hand holding the US flag, with the words 'We the People' written in curved style on the left.

Constitutions: Why Are They Important?

March 12, 2023

The highest laws of a country are represented in its constitution. However, constitutions are subject to competing interpretations. Without interpretation and enforcement, they are just words on paper. […]

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Centralization of American Federalism

March 5, 2023

The United States became a true federation after the adoption of the Constitution of the United States in 1789. It became much more centralized, but still left a lot up to the individual states. […]

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Federalism: Balance of Power

March 5, 2023

Federalism attempts to maintain balance between state and federal control. This balance of power is ever-changing and depends on the compromise that every country makes for itself. […]

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What Does the United Nations Do Today?

March 3, 2023

The United Nations grew out of its predecessor, the League of Nations. As an international organization, it concerns itself with international peace and security. Which functions does it perform today? […]

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