Ria Mazumdar is a junior majoring in quantitative economics and international relations. Ria can be reached at [email protected]

Peripheries: The phenomenon of ‘crisis philanthropy’

The wealthy donor community has come together in the wake of the destructive fire that wrecked the Notre Dame cathedral last week. Three of France’s richest families vowed to donate over $500 million. The CEOs of fashion giants, oil companies and banks have pledged equally impressive sums of money toward the rebuilding effort. The reaction […]

Peripheries: The Relevance of Reparations

In 2014, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ incisive piece in the Atlantic entitled “The Case for Reparations“ triggered a national conversation. He noted that the income gap between black and white households has been roughly unchanged since 1970, and that roughly 4% of whites compared to 62% of blacks across America had been raised in poor neighborhoods. Due […]

Peripheries: The limits of free speech online

This week, British regulators unveiled a proposal to punish technology giants such as Facebook and Google who “fail to stop the spread of harmful content online.” “Harmful content” includes terrorist activity, violence and fake news. This proposal would create a regulatory body with the power to fine tech companies, implement other deterrents and punishments and […]

Peripheries: The problem with ‘spiritual’ mindfulness

Mindfulness seems to have sprung up everywhere recently as a promised antidote to the burnout generation and constant pressure to increase productivity. Companies such as Google, Accenture and Nike are incorporating mindfulness into the workplace to boost creativity and provide an outlet for stress. It is undoubtedly beneficial for us to consider methods of stress reduction. Many […]

Peripheries: Testing the world’s largest democracy

Nine-hundred million people will be eligible to vote in the 2019 Indian general election starting on April 11. The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Narendra Modi is seeking re-election after their landslide victory in 2014. The Economist described Modi as ideologically “at the fringe” of even his own nationalist party. However, the […]

Peripheries: Women’s Day

March 8, now marked as International Women’s Day, is a day of celebration in America, with motifs such as celebrating the increased proportion of female CEOs. However, this day did not begin as a celebratory one. The first Women’s Day celebration took place in May 1908, when the U.S. Socialist Party led a protest of over 1,000 […]

Peripheries: Kashmir, an ongoing crisis

Last month, the deadliest suicide bombing in decades struck Indian-occupied Kashmir. Then, India crossed the Line of Control to conduct a retaliatory airstrike in Pakistan. This escalation of tensions between the two countries has been unprecedented in the past three decades. However, while this geopolitical dynamic between the two nuclear-armed countries should certainly raise alarm, […]

Peripheries: Demanding justice under capitalism

The cover story of The Economist last week stated that millennial socialism, “like the socialism of old, [suffers] from a faith in the incorruptibility of collective action and an unwarranted suspicion of individual vim,” concluding that liberals should oppose socialism. However, this criticism is mislabeled. Left-wing ideas that aim to interrogate rampant injustices and improve […]

Peripheries: Read My Lips — New Taxes

An op-ed published in the Daily last week argued that support for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s 70 percent marginal tax rate is a result of populist inclinations rather than rigorous academic reasoning. Referencing epistemology in its title, the article argued that there is no clear consensus supporting this policy, and that a field-wide expert agreement is required before […]

Peripheries: The not-so-worldly bank

The World Bank’s mission includes the laudable aims of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared global prosperity. Yet no international institution, despite the rhetoric of being globally representative, is insulated from geopolitics. Both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were founded as part of the post-World War II Bretton Woods system, which explicitly […]