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Articles by Galen Hall (29)

Hall ’20: Pandemic exposes America’s irrational obsession with growth

Columns, Opinions

Hall ’20: Pandemic exposes America’s irrational obsession with growth

April 16, 2020 3 comments

In my last column, shortly before classes were canceled and campus closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, I pointed out that the U.S. was setting itself up for a public health disaster because of the nearly absurd inadequacy of its response to the coronavirus.

Hall ’20: Disastrous coronavirus response shows the failure of conservative policies

Columns, Opinions

Hall ’20: Disastrous coronavirus response shows the failure of conservative policies

March 9, 2020 0 comments

As the University’s travel and event policies constrict under the threat of a new coronavirus outbreak, it can be easy to get distracted by chatter over whether or not classes will be canceled, rather than stepping back and looking at the epidemic in a broader context. Yet even a cursory […]

Gross ‘20.5, Shapiro ’22, Hall ’20: It’s time for University to cut ties with climate deniers

Op-eds, Opinions

Gross ‘20.5, Shapiro ’22, Hall ’20: It’s time for University to cut ties with climate deniers

February 20, 2020 1 comment

Brown is an outlier when it comes to mobilizing on climate change — but not always in a good way. While we have an ambitious plan to reduce our campus emissions, we lag behind other universities and institutions in many other matters that count.

Hall ’20: Activists Must Sever Links Between Climate Crisis and Big Tech

Columns, Opinions

Hall ’20: Activists Must Sever Links Between Climate Crisis and Big Tech

February 7, 2020 0 comments

The most exciting contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are those with the boldest diagnoses of our country’s malaise. On the one hand, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) fixate on the deepening climate crisis and the power of the elite class.

Hall ’20: Liberals need to think beyond horse race politics

Columns, Opinions

Hall ’20: Liberals need to think beyond horse race politics

January 24, 2020 0 comments

Watching liberal political commentators talk about the 2020 presidential election, one starts to wonder whether the world will even continue to exist should Democrats lose.

Hall ’20: To the PTP: Don’t legitimize climate denial

Columns, Opinions

Hall ’20: To the PTP: Don’t legitimize climate denial

December 3, 2019 0 comments

Peter Kropotkin was a Russian aristocrat, political agitant, contemporary of Marx and radical anarcho-communist. Besides being an all-time great class traitor, he also had a passion for science. My favorite work of his is a book called “Mutual Aid,” a collection of essays written during the late 19th century.

Hall ’20, Winsor ’22: Ban oil money, recruiters from campus

Op-eds, Opinions

Hall ’20, Winsor ’22: Ban oil money, recruiters from campus

November 19, 2019 Comments are Disabled

Last month, a representative from ExxonMobil arrived on campus to recruit Brown geology students. One of us, Galen Winsor, went to listen and ask questions.

Hall ’20: Is the Open Curriculum a failed experiment?

Columns, Opinions

Hall ’20: Is the Open Curriculum a failed experiment?

November 3, 2019 Comments are Disabled

Brown University’s celebrated Open Curriculum turned 50 this year. As any promotional pamphlet at the front desk of Stephen Roberts ’62 Campus Center will tell you, the Open Curriculum “is responsible for a vibrant intellectual environment in which students are fully engaged.

Hall ’20: Academic departments must stop hiding from climate change

Columns, Opinions

Hall ’20: Academic departments must stop hiding from climate change

September 26, 2019 1 comment

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

Hall ’20: Principles of Economics should teach the nuance of human rationality

Columns, Opinions

Hall ’20: Principles of Economics should teach the nuance of human rationality

September 11, 2019 1 comment

Every year, around 400 undergraduates sign up for the introductory course Econ 0110: “Principles of Economics.” Nearly four out of every five students in the current iteration of this course are first-years. For them, it may be their first serious exposure to economic policy.