Letter From The Editor

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Unceasing passion, in its political and philosophical form, has brought to us our second issue of Ilios: the Journal of the Political Science Undergraduate Association. Quite often, passion compels the production of exceptional work, both in relation to one’s own works and to the works of others. Precisely this is what the supreme form of energy, passion, has produced for our second issue. It has produced works so outstanding that I am proud simply to be able to call myself a peer of, and interlocutor with, the works’ authors.

On this note, it must be added that Ilios was created with the underlying philosophy that it ought to be the primary task of educational institutions to instill and cultivate within students noble passions. This raises a question. For what should these passions be instilled and cultivated? This instillation and cultivation ought to be achieved to impel an exchange of thoroughly developed ideas, which will necessarily lead to the production of the conditions for human advancement.

In a time when academic institutions, as a result of powerful pecuniary forces, have strayed from this task, Ilios is intended to help positively fill this growing void. In a word, Ilios is a venue for the infusion and development of noble passions, but also it is a platform for dialogue between impassioned men and women of true political and philosophical sagacity.

It is my hope that this dialogue will become more than just dialogue; that it will grow into a broad practice that will shift the course of human events toward a more perfect union between man, his fellow man, society, and nature. Considering the iconoclastic road humanity has recently begun to navigate once again, I do not feel my hope will be in vain.

Following this letter, you will find the contributions of the authors featured in our second issue. As you may well know, this issue’s papers will be primarily concerned with the concept of inequality and equality. Today, as the gaps between rich and poor, educated and uneducated, powerful and weak grow exponentially, and as humanity seeks permanent solutions to these problems, what would be more fitting a topic for our journal? The papers range from a theoretical explication of the origins of such prejudices as racism and xenophobia to a researched argument for allowing undocumented residents to pay in-state tuition rates at public educational institutions, as well as an inquiry into the relationship between equality and the political theory of libertarianism to a witty dialogue between Robespierre and Wollstonecraft concerning the nature of revolution. In addition, a video recording of Dr. Dick Howard’s talk, “From Protest to Revolution,” will be featured.

I hope you that you appreciate our endeavors and that this journal will grow into a lasting and respected tradition. 

I would like to end with a poem by Langston Hughes entitled “Youth”:

We have tomorrow

Bright before us

Like a flame.


A night-gone thing,

A sun-down name.

And dawn-today

Broad arch above the road we came.

We march!





Damon Alimouri

Executive Editor, Ilios