Welcome to the blog for The Cardinal Principle.  We are a student publication at Stanford with over 50 contributors dedicated to printing well-written and respectful articles from any political viewpoint in order to stimulate debate on campus.  We encourage students from all over the spectrum to contribute to making their voices heard.  Please feel free to comment on any of the articles posted on the blog, and let the best argument win.

It is very east to join The Cardinal Principle. We print quarterly, and all you need to do is to contribute at least one article per year, although we encourage our writers to contribute to each issue. We also encourage our writers to attend our quarterly meetings. At these meetings, we encourage debate and dialogue by bringing in guest speakers ranging from Jack Rakove, a Professor of History at Stanford and a Pulitzer Prize winning author to Michael Boskin, a Professor of Economics at Stanford and former chair of the Council of Economic Advisors for Bush ’41.

If you are interested in becoming a member of The Cardinal Principle, please e-mail the editor-in-chief:

Gregory Hirshman (ghirshman@stanford.edu).

Or feel free to contact one of our assistant editors:

Harsh Govil (hgovil@stanford.edu)
Michael Hughes (mjhughes@stanford.edu)
Samir Junnarkar (samirj@stanford.edu)
Shahryar Malik (sherry89@stanford.edu).

In addition, The Cardinal Principle now has a 15-member board of advisors, consisting of distinguished members of the Stanford community. Below is a list of the board of advisors along with a short bio for each member.

Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is a classicist and an expert on the history of war. A regular contributor to National Review Online and many other national and international publications, he has written or edited sixteen books, including the New York Times bestseller Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power. His most recent book is A War Like No Other: How the Athenians and Spartans Fought the Peloponnesian War. He was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush in 2007. Hanson received his Ph.D. in Classics from Stanford University in 1980.

Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, where he also directs the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Democracy and also serves as Senior Consultant at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy. During 2002-2003, he served as a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and was a contributing author of its report Foreign Aid in the National Interest. He has also advised and lectured to the World Bank, the United Nations, the State Department, and other governmental and nongovernmental agencies dealing with governance and development. His latest book, The Spirit of Democracy, explores the sources of global democratic progress and stress and the prospects for future democratic expansion. Diamond is best known by Stanford undergraduates for his course titled “Democracy Development and the Rule of Law.”

Jack Rakove is the author of four books, including Original Meanings: Politics and Ideas in the Making of the Constitution (1996), which won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1997. In this work, Rakove argues that originalism, the practice of interpreting the Constitution by a fixed set of the original framers’ intentions, should not be the only approach to settling today’s judicial questions. He is an American historian, author, and professor, who joined the Stanford faculty in 1980. After earning his Ph.D. in 1975 from Harvard University, he taught at Colgate University from 1975 to 1980 and has also been a visiting professor at the NYU School of Law. He is also the author of The Beginnings of National Politics: An Interpretive History of the Continental Congress (1979), James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic (2001), and Declaring Rights: A Brief History with Documents (1997). Rakove was the featured guest speaker for the fall 2010 meeting of The Cardinal Principle.

Debra Satz is the Marta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society and Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. Prior to coming to Stanford in 1988, Dr. Satz taught at Swarthmore College. She also held fellowships at the Princeton University Center for Human Values and the Stanford Humanities Center. In 2002, she was the Marshall Weinberg Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan. Satz grew up in the Bronx and received her B.A. from the City College of New York. She received her Ph.D. from MIT in 1987.

David Brady is deputy director and Davies Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is also the Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science and Leadership Values in the Stanford Graduate School of Business and professor of political science in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford. Brady is an expert on the U.S. Congress and congressional decision making. His current research focuses on the political history of the U.S. Congress, the history of U.S. election results, and public policy processes in general. Brady received a B.S. degree from Western Illinois University and an M.A. in 1967 and a Ph.D. in 1970 from the University of Iowa. He was a C.I.C. scholar at the University of Michigan from 1964 to 1965.

Gary Segura is the chair of Chicano Studies for the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and a professor of political science. He is currently co-director of the Stanford Center for American Democracy and director of the Institute on the Politics of Inequality, Race, and Ethnicity at Stanford. Segura joined the Stanford faculty shortly after obtaining his Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Segura’s most recent publications include Making It Home: Latino Lives in America and Diversity in Democracy: Minority Representation in the United States.

Shelley Correll is the Barbara D. Finberg Director of the Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University and an associate professor of sociology. Her research is in the area of gender inequality, examining how cultural beliefs about gender influence the educational and career paths of men and women. Her recent project on the “motherhood penalty,” considers how stereotypic beliefs associated with motherhood influence the workplace evaluations and pay and hiring decisions of women when they give evidence of being a mother. Her research has been featured in several media outlets including The New York Times, CNN, ABC World News Tonight, The Nation, Ms. Magazine, and The Boston Globe. Correll is also actively involved in developing applications of her research to real world problems. She consults on reducing stereotypic biases in academic hiring, speaks to professional groups in computer science and engineering, and works with attorneys as they incorporate social science evidence into cases involving workplace discrimination against those with family responsibilities.

Abraham D. Sofaer, who served as legal adviser to the U.S. Department of State from 1985 to 1990, was appointed the first George P. Shultz Distinguished Scholar and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution in 1994. Sofaer’s work has focused on issues of separation of powers in the American system of government, including the power over war, and on issues related to international law, terrorism, diplomacy, national security, the Middle East conflict, and water resources. He received the Distinguished Service Award in 1989, the highest State Department award given to a non-civil servant. He teaches a course on transnational law at the Stanford Law School.

Judith Goldstein is the Janet M. Peck Professor of International Communication and Fisher Family Director of ICA Studies. Her research interests include foreign economic policy, International Institutions, International Trade, World Trade Organization, and NAFTA. Goldstein joined the Stanford faculty after completing her Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA. Prior to that, she attended Columbia and Berkeley. She is currently working on her next publication titled: Was There a Magic Bullet: The Importance of Multiculturalism in US Trade History.

Joe Lonsdale cofounded Palantir Technologies, a software company in Palo Alto, California which develops mission-critical analysis systems used by government and financial organizations around the world. Palantir is a market leader in several government segments, is widely used by large hedge funds and banks, and is one of the fastest growing mid-size companies in Silicon Valley. Lonsdale currently serves as CEO of Addepar, an emerging leader in private wealth management technology and is the President of Anduin, which specializes in early-stage venture investing. Joe has a variety of philanthropic pursuits including being on the board of directors for Strive for College and The Seasteading Institute. He earned a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2003, where he also studied Economics and Mathematics.

Laura Carstensen is Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, where she is also the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy. For more than twenty years, her research has been supported by the National Institute on Aging, and in 2005 she was honored with a MERIT award. Carstensen is best known for socioemotional selectivity theory, a life-span theory of motivation. With her students and colleagues, she has published well over 100 articles on life-span development. She recently spoke at the 2010 Round Table panel along with Stanford President Hennessy and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Marc Abramowitz is a private investor based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned an A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley, a J.D. Harvard Law School, and an M.Sc. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Mr. Abramowitz has served as President and CEO of a publicly traded company in the healthcare industry and, since the sale of that company, has invested in operating companies, real estate, and venture capital. Abramowitz is an Overseer of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and is a board member of the American Friends of the Koret Israel Economic Development Fund.

Gregory Rosston is a Research Fellow at SIEPR and Visiting Lecturer in Economics at Stanford University. His research has focused on industrial organization, antitrust, and regulation. He has written numerous articles on competition in local telecommunications, implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, auctions, and spectrum policy. He is currently deputy director for both SIEPR and the Public Policy program at Stanford. Rosston teaches a course on economic policy analysis for undergraduates in the winter.

Josef Joffe is the Marc and Anita Abramowitz Fellow in International Relations at the Hoover Institution. Before Stanford, he taught at Harvard, where he remains affiliated with the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies. In 2005, he founded the American Interest with Zibigniew Brzezinski, Eliot Cohen, and Francis Fukuyama. He is also a board member of International Security at Harvard University and Internationale Politik in Berlin. Raised in Berlin, he obtained his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University.

Joshua Cohen is a professor of law, political science, and philosophy, and a program leader for the Program on Global Justice at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, where he is also a principal investigator in the programs on Human Rights and Liberation Technology. A political theorist trained in philosophy, Cohen has written on issues of democratic theory, particularly deliberative democracy and the implications for personal liberty, freedom of expression, and campaign finance. Currently, Professor Cohen is concentrating his scholarship on issues of global justice, including the foundations of human rights, distributive fairness, and supranational democratic governance. A first volume of his selected papers, Philosophy, Politics, Democracy, is being published by Harvard University Press. Another one of his books, Rousseau: A Free Community of Equals, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Cohen received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University.


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