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Arjun Shanmugam is a sophomore staff columnist from Ohio concentrating in computer science-economics. He spent last summer working for bosWell, a healthcare software company, and is a proud Cleveland sports fan. Outside of the Herald, Arjun loves tennis, pickup basketball and data journalism. His column focuses on economic affairs.

Articles by Arjun Shanmugam (10)

Shanmugam ’23: Why the Sanders campaign fell short, and what it says about elections in America

Columns, Opinions

Shanmugam ’23: Why the Sanders campaign fell short, and what it says about elections in America

April 16, 2020 1 comment

On Feb. 21, Bernie Sanders tweeted a defiant message to political power brokers: “I’ve got news for the Republican establishment. I’ve got news for the Democratic establishment. They can’t stop us.” 

Shanmugam ’23: Democrats need to realize that the electoral deck is stacked against them

Columns, Opinions

Shanmugam ’23: Democrats need to realize that the electoral deck is stacked against them

March 5, 2020 2 comments

After the 2016 presidential election, political airwaves seemed dominated by two refrains: “Donald Trump is our president!” “Actually, Hillary won the popular vote.” Both statements are equally valid.

Shanmugam ’23: Let Medicare negotiate with Big Pharma to drive down pharmaceutical prices

Columns, Opinions

Shanmugam ’23: Let Medicare negotiate with Big Pharma to drive down pharmaceutical prices

February 21, 2020 0 comments

By the time Alec Raeshawn Smith’s family had made it over to his apartment in June of 2017, it was too late. He was already dead. Smith was a Type 1 diabetic, who made the fatal decision to ration his insulin once he realized that he would be unable to […]

Shanmugam ’23: Modi’s government is undermining democracy and tolerance in India

Columns, Opinions

Shanmugam ’23: Modi’s government is undermining democracy and tolerance in India

February 5, 2020 0 comments

“I am a Hindu, a Muslim, a Christian, a Parsi, a Jew,” Mahatma Gandhi once said, underlining his hope for a nation defined by pluralism, tolerance and equality.

Shanmugam ’23: The Federal Reserve is powerless to stop the next recession

Columns, Opinions

Shanmugam ’23: The Federal Reserve is powerless to stop the next recession

January 23, 2020 1 comment

January 2008. Markets were in free fall as confidence in long-trusted yet misunderstood financial instruments had eroded. American communities entered a taxing saga defined by unemployment, chaos and class conflict.

Shanmugam ’23: Tobacco use should be illegal

Columns, Opinions

Shanmugam ’23: Tobacco use should be illegal

November 20, 2019 0 comments

Google a list of the world’s most addictive substances, and some of what you’ll find is to be expected: illegal Schedule 1 drugs like cocaine, methamphetamines and heroin.

Shanmugam ’23: Wealth taxes: politically flashy but problematic in practice

Columns, Opinions

Shanmugam ’23: Wealth taxes: politically flashy but problematic in practice

November 11, 2019 0 comments

Had Elizabeth Warren proposed her wealth tax — a levy on net worth paid only by the wealthiest households in America — ten or twenty years ago, popular opinion probably would have branded her as an unapologetic socialist, consigning her proposal to a different day, a different debate and a different Democratic Party.

Shanmugam ’23: Regulate tech giants, because they can’t police themselves

Columns, Opinions

Shanmugam ’23: Regulate tech giants, because they can’t police themselves

October 24, 2019 0 comments

In 2018, it was revealed to the public that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica had illicitly harvested the personal data of millions of Facebook users.

Shanmugam ’23: To solve its pension puzzle, Providence must make tough choices

Columns, Opinions

Shanmugam ’23: To solve its pension puzzle, Providence must make tough choices

October 8, 2019 2 comments

Even as Washington intrigue dominates media coverage of our government, American cities continue to define how citizens interact with the institutions around them — with consequences that the public often misses or overlooks.

Shanmugam ’23: To address gun violence, return power to local government

Columns, Opinions

Shanmugam ’23: To address gun violence, return power to local government

September 23, 2019 0 comments

In the 1800s, Cleveland secured its place as one of the nation’s great commercial centers, linked to arteries of trade like the Erie Canal.