Earlier this winter, Andrew Jacobs of The New York Times asked the question “Is Dairy Farming Cruel to Cows?” In attempting to answer this, he focuses on the story of two dairy farms in upstate New York that are attempting to improve welfare standards to respond to, what Mr. Jacobs…


When I quit my job and came to law school, I knew I wanted to be a public interest lawyer. I knew that I cared about animals and the climate. But, I wasn’t sure how those interests could blossom into a career. …


Ghost of Tsushima (Sucker Punch Productions, 2020)

Much like film a century ago, the video game industry is maturing as artists and developers push the medium to better utilize its respective strengths and engage more complex themes. By letting you inhabit the world of an avatar that you control, video games can develop and engage empathy in…


Being a young person in 2021 comes with a lot of emotional trauma. Looking out at the future, it can be hard to ignore the rising tide of intersectional crises facing the world. The climate crisis, first and foremost; but also, a changing job market that seems to offer increasingly…


[A modified version of this article was first shared in May, 2016]

Carnism, a term first coined by author and social psychologist Melanie Joy in 2001, refers broadly to humankind’s attitude towards our use of animals, particularly the consumption of meat. As such, carnism has been described as the dominant…


During the first two months of the coronavirus shutdown, between March 18 and May 19, while millions of Americans lost their jobs and their homes, the total net worth of America’s billionaires rose by over $434 billion. This has prompted many, me included, to bring new urgency to calling out…


On any given night in America, more than half a million people experience homelessness. The coronavirus and our failed national response have decimated the job market, and with bans on eviction scheduled to end within weeks, the situation is going to get a lot worse over the coming months. …


The housing affordability crisis in New York City is so ubiquitous it has almost become a cliché. Rents continue to rise, neighborhoods change, and housing supply growth has trailed new job creation for years. One common enemy developers often point to for obstructing the necessary construction of new housing stock…


Executive Summary

This brief uses economic analysis and an overview of recent developments in the literature to recommend the adoption of a national rent control plan. The United States is in the middle of a national housing crisis, in which rents and evictions are soaring while homeownership affordability plummets, and…


[Spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5]

As we head into the final episode of Game of Thrones this coming weekend, the show’s ultimate question remains unanswered: who will end up on the Iron Throne? For many fans of the show, a longtime favorite to take the throne…

Michael Swistara

Canadian-American law & policy student. Fighting for environmental, racial, species, and economic justice. PIC Abolitionist. Vegan. He/him.

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