Opinion

Opinion pieces on LSE, domestic, and international affairs.

Breaking our silence: The fight against racism should include Asians too.

Many people, including world leaders like former US President Donald Trump, have consistently conflated Covid-19 with “Asian” identity. It is thus unsurprising that such racist rhetoric has culminated in a surge in violent hate crimes against “Asian-looking” people, particularly those…

The intellectual collapse of Western arrogance

2020 was hopefully the final nail in the coffin for Western arrogance – an intellectual edifice that has plagued the West for so long. The notion that we can live and make decisions based on the a priori assertion that…

Why we need to stop using the phrase: “Committed suicide”

“Committing suicide” – let’s unpack this phrase: What other phrases do we associate with the term “committing”? People “commit” crimes. People “commit” sins. People “commit” murder. What does this imply for our subconscious understanding of the phrase “committing suicide”? “Committing…

While we were asleep: The Coronavirus Pandemic and the erosion of Human Rights

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organisation declared the Covid-19 outbreak to be a global pandemic, setting off a wave of nationwide lockdowns and declarations of national emergency. The WHO called for governments to take urgent and aggressive action…

Speaking up: Confessions of being Chinese

As coronavirus cases escalated in the UK, angst and fear drove me home from the busy metropolis to the peaceful suburbs where I lived for the past five years before university. The sense of comfort and security I grew accustomed…

Editorial: Russell Group student newspapers for no-detriment policy

As the editors of Russell Group student newspapers, we are writing collectively to request a reversal of the Russell Group’s statement, 7 January 2020, ‘on ensuring fair assessment and protecting the integrity of degrees.’ As editors, not only are we…

How opportunism defines Boris Johnson

Picture this scene: The sun is setting and ferries are carrying passengers home from a long day at work. As he sips his beer by the Bosphorus, Boris Johnson is reminiscing about a time when Istanbul was the centre of…

LSESU Sabbatical Officers: LSE’s online proctoring plans are a betrayal of its values

In an op-ed, the LSESU Sabbatical Officers warn about the consequences of LSE’s plans for online proctoring. Update: LSE informed the SU on January 11 that it had withdrawn plans for a full-scale rollout of online proctoring. The Beaver understands…

Lessons from America’s toxic romance with meritocracy

24% of American adults believe in the conspiracy theory QAnon, which conjures up a world in which virtually all of America’s political elites are either dead or part of an underground satanic sex trafficking cabal that Donald Trump is dismantling…

Black Friday is dangerous – For both students and the planet

November is one of the worst months on the ecologist’s calendar. And on my list, the very worst culprit of wastefulness and unsustainability is Black Friday – the mammoth spending holiday expected to be worth £6 billion to the British…