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FROM THE EDITORS: Atlanta’s New Phase, California Ablaze, and Hollywood’s Mores  

The flag that unites us sits center stage.

Last week, the editors caught up on sleep after the release of the Fall Edition of The Arch Conservative, available for your enlightenment today at the Tate Bus Stop or outside of the Main Library on North Campus. We hope you take the time to pick up this latest issue and open your mind to a new perspective on the pressing issues in today’s politics and the political discourse around campus. We also hope you can forgive us for not having a Weekly Podcast last week. But fear not, we are back. In this edition of the Weekly Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Nick Geeslin and Book Editor Ross Dubberly preview the magazine with their favorite pieces and touch on a surprisingly slow week in politics.

Nick, Ross, as well as all the staff here at The Arch Conservative would like to invite you to join us on October 25th for an evening with Associate Professor and a leader of the UGA Solar Energy Research Project, Dr. David Gattie. From 7:00-8:00 pm in MLC room 251, we are to host the event with the hope that it fosters sober, informed, and genuinely respectful discourse on topics ranging from climate change to energy policy.

Houston Gaines continues his campaign for a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives. Gaines is not only a UGA alumnus but an Arch Conservative alumnus as well, so the editors here wish him the best of luck going forward in his campaign. If you are a registered voter in the 117th district, early voting begins this week; we encourage you to go out and exercise your constitutional right.

In this week’s edition of The Marketplace, Michael Duckett and Sarah Montgomery joined J. Thomas Perdue to discuss the recent decision by the City of Atlanta to decriminalize marijuana. The new ordinance is not one that fully legalizes marijuana, but rather lessens the penalty for possession. Under this new ordinance, signed into effect by Mayor Kasim Reed, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana will only result in a $75 fine. Moreover, the ordinance eliminates the possibility of jail time. Michael Duckett, as he explains on the podcast, believes that this new trend of city ordinances will only lead to conflict between city councils and state legislators. With so many conflicting levels of legislation on marijuana, namely the fact that it is still illegal under existing federal legislation, Michael went on to explain, full legalization or even decriminalization at a statewide level is an unlikely possibility.

It is hard to talk about the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana, though, without mentioning the state of California. In November of 2016, at the same time the nation was selecting its next president, California was voting on Proposition 64, a law that would legalize marijuana for adult use. However, over the past couple weeks, California has been blazing, though not in the colloquial sense of the phrase. Thus far, the fires in Northern California have burned through 191,000 acres and have taken the lives of at least 40 people. We at The Arch Conservative send our thoughts to the victims and their families, as well as the 10,000 firefighters who are working tirelessly to contain the fires. Reinforcements from across the state, as well as from across the country, are pouring in and are “starting to give us the upper hand,” said Napa County Fire Chief Barry Biermann. However, the fires are still burning due to high winds and drought conditions as well as high population growth in areas that are labeled “high-risk fire areas.” Even in the world’s most developed country, there is no obvious solution to fight fires of this magnitude. With the reliance on old methods, as well as the use of 880 fire engines, 134 bulldozers, 13 helicopters, among other equipment, firefighters are making an attempt to dump massive amounts of water and fire-retardant to cool the air and deprive the fires of necessary oxygen. The winds that have been making it impossible for firefighters to go on the offensive are supposed to die down, and forecasted cooler temperatures should help them further contain these massive fires.

In Southern California, Hollywood has been on fire not because of drought conditions, but rather due to the actions of media mogul Harvey Weinstein. Based on interviews, legal documents, and internal business records, the New York Times broke a major story regarding sexual misconduct allegations going back three decades to the beginning of Weinstein’s career. During that time period, Weinstein was said to have reached at least eight settlements after being approached with allegations of sexual harassment and unwanted physical contact. Over the past week and a half or so, more than two dozen women have come forward accusing Weinstein of sexual harassment and even rape. A-List actresses such as Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Rose McGowan were among the accusers. On Saturday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board voted to expel Weinstein, stating that the “era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behaviour and workplace harassment in our industry is over.” Gloria Allred, the attorney representing the women making complaints against Weinstein, said that “the casting couch is still a major issue in Hollywood, many women are being victimised and are being asked for sexual favours in order to get a job, keep a job, or to be promoted.” Ms. Allred says that women are calling her with stories about other powerful Hollywood players. Cathy Schulman, the president of the organization Women in Film, believes that this is a tipping point as well as a chance to reform the industry by putting more women in positions of power. Despite the successes of his productions, no amount of Oscar nominations can stop the fall of this film mogul. Together, the claims build up a picture of one of the most powerful men in the industry exerting pressure on younger women at the start of their careers. He has admitted that his behavior has “caused a lot of pain,” but through his spokesperson, said, “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied.”

The investigation of the New York Times has blown this story up in a sort of Michael Bay-like fashion and is causing a fire to run rampant through Hollywood, ready to burn down the legacy of Harvey Weinstein and anyone else that has a history of this misconduct. The song Californication, by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, talks about the dark side of Hollywood, but no one imagined this level of darkness. We here at The Arch Conservative hope to see the light shone on all who abuse their power for fleeting pleasure.

 

Best,

 

The Editors

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