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José Sanchez

José Sanchez

José is a pinko, commie elitist who is majoring in both history and political science. He plans on graduating in the spring of 2016 and being underemployed well into his 20s. He enjoys watching Jon Stewart while eating a home-cooked meal, and he takes his tea with milk. You will usually catch him around here either taking long, graceful strides to his next class or to Mamoun’s. He is also known to frequent places where there’s a bunch of books on hand and some modicum of quiet such as his room, the bookstore or the library. On the other hand, he can also be found at basement shows and parties, surrounded by his hipster-looking comrades, with a bottle of wine in hand. Vampire Weekend, Little Dragon and Erykah Badu are some of his favorites, and he’s been known to enjoy his dad’s salsa records or the liturgical music of Russian Orthodoxy as well. And yes, he only cares about Zayn Malik. Less Guevara and more Robespierre, he’s an all around awesome dude. Try to guess his ethnicity!

His column, “The Champagne Socialist,” normally runs on alternate Tuesdays. You can follow him on Twitter @comradesanchez.

Recent Articles:


SANCHEZ: Pragmatic case against Clinton’s candidacy

Four states into the Democratic primary, and so far for my preferred candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) we’ve a victorious blowout in New Hampshire, a virtual tie of less than 1 percent between him and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Iowa, a close loss in Nevada and a crime scene in South Carolina.


SANCHEZ: Hate speech hiding under guise of free speech, lacks value

Last week, Rutgers, the U.S.’s most diverse university, had the dishonor of hosting professional troll, Milo Yiannopoulos. The openly gay, bleach-blond British provocateur is traveling the States on his “Dangerous Faggot” tour, and was invited by the Rutgers chapter of the right-wing Young Americans for Liberty (Y.A.L.). 


Sanders agenda would equal slavery reparations

Reparations for blacks to repair the accumulated injuries from centuries of enslavement and institutionalized racism have moved toward the center of public discourse in recent months. With the Black Lives Matter movement and the fact that a black family (indeed, through the lineage of First Lady Michelle Obama, a descendent of slaves) now resides in the White House, Americans have had to confront our country’s racist past and present in oftentimes difficult and visceral ways.


Sanders emerges as winner in Democratic Party Debate

Throughout our media, social or otherwise, the heralded winner of Sunday night’s Democratic Party debate was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) by far. He managed to dominate over Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, defending himself against her campaign’s increasingly desperate and unfounded attacks. And by desperate, I mean her daughter Chelsea’s recent accusation that Sanders, who voted for and pushed for the so-called "public option" that President Obama eventually dropped, wants to dismantle the Affordable Care Act entirely. 


Culture of high achievement fosters anxiety, depression

As you know, finals and deadlines for an array of projects, applications, theses and so forth are fast approaching. Too fast, I’m certain. So with all of these responsibilities and commitments swirling around us, let me remind all of you: You are not your grades. Your worth as a person can’t be determined by how well you perform on your exams, if your department grants you honors or if you graduate on time. Not everyone will care about your GPA a decade, or a century from now.


Celebration of Christmas has subversive, radical subtext

I was scrolling though my Tumblr the other day, yet I can’t remember which day exactly because I’m on Tumblr nearly every day, to be honest. Right after Halloween, I was noticing all these memes making fun of the holiday rhythms of U.S. popular culture. It seems like we reach a holiday high at Halloween, and then we fall back into a lull of sorts until the Christmas season, only punctuated by engorging ourselves on Thanksgiving.


Evidence exposed intricate complexities of gentrification

The term “gentrification” seems to be on everyone’s lips nowadays. Hell, it’s fueled something of a cottage industry amongst the Internet’s commentariat within the past few years. We can’t go by two weeks without a think piece or two from the New York Times, the Atlantic, Vox, Slate and so on without an article that speaks to the subject.


Only Bernie Sanders can defeat Trump, not Clinton

We know the threat. Republican Party frontrunner Donald Trump, has denounced Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers. He’s called for the forcible deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants and for revoking their U.S.-born children’s birthright citizenship. This would amount to a 21st century-style Trail of Tears. It would require a massive population transfer akin to the worst chapters of the last century. 


Slammed, beaten and bruised: Baltimore riots bite back

“B----, you ain’t no better than any of the other old black b----es I have locked up.” So said a white police officer to Venus Green, an 87-year-old grandmother and resident of Baltimore, Maryland. She was a former schoolteacher with two college degrees. She called the cops to help her grandson after he was shot. Instead, she was pushed around her house, got her arms twisted and thrown to the ground.

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