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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 (15)

Shanmugam ’23: Why the new administration’s approach to China will make America safer, stronger and richer

Columns, Opinions

Shanmugam ’23: Why the new administration’s approach to China will make America safer, stronger and richer

November 22, 2020 0 comments

In his tell-all book The Room Where It Happened, former National Security Advisor John Bolton reveals the chaos of the Trump administration’s inner circle. He also exposes an incoherent foreign policy towards China that conflicts with the narrative of hard-nosed toughness that the White House has sought to create.

Shanmugam ’23: Combating today’s challenges requires a large national debt. That’s okay.

Columns, Opinions

Shanmugam ’23: Combating today’s challenges requires a large national debt. That’s okay.

November 4, 2020 1 comment

In her righteous crusade for the Green New Deal, a $10 trillion dollar spending package meant to address climate change and its disastrous effects, there is one question that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) can’t seem to escape.

Shanmugam ’23: Free trade is under attack

Columns, Opinions

Shanmugam ’23: Free trade is under attack

October 20, 2020 0 comments

Twenty years on, the 2000 Republican Party platform is surprisingly similar to its 2020 counterpart ― from its commitment to “rebuilding the American military,” to lamenting that the federal tax code “penalizes hard work.”

Shanmugam ’23: Why illegal immigration is good for America

Columns, Opinions

Shanmugam ’23: Why illegal immigration is good for America

October 6, 2020 2 comments

How do you solve a problem that’s 340 million pages thick? Stephen Goss, chief actuary of the Social Security Administration, is currently trying to figure that out.

Shanmugam ’23: Trump’s failure to rekindle the coal industry

Columns, Opinions

Shanmugam ’23: Trump’s failure to rekindle the coal industry

September 22, 2020 0 comments

On March 4, 2020, President Christina Paxson P’19 informed the Brown community that the University’s Investment Office was stepping away from fossil fuels once and for all. 

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.