David Will

April 29, 2014

My brother, Jon

My oldest brother, Jon, is 41 years old and has Down Syndrome. I’ve never shied away from explaining his condition to strangers. In fact, I am proud of all he’s accomplished in spite of his condition. But when a friend uses “retard” or any variant of the word, I usually … Read More

April 15, 2014

Writing on the wall

A new structure went up on campus over the weekend — which wouldn’t normally be news — but this one’s a bit different. A gigantic penis is emblazoned across it in bronze spray paint, for one thing. And then, not to be outdone, someone else drew a neon pink vagina … Read More

March 9, 2014

Outside the Bubble: Questioning the case against marriage equality

Every possible sign points toward the inevitability of gay marriage’s nationwide legalization. A new Washington Post/ABC poll found that 59 percent of Americans support same sex marriage, a new record and a complete reversal from a decade earlier. The federal government alone provides 1,138 protections and benefits for married couples. Read More

February 6, 2014

Many people shouldn’t go to college

It’s time for a large number of Americans to hear what might seem like a harsh message: A degree from a four-year university might not be for you. Popular culture would cast this frank assessment as elitist. But that’s a toxic myth that needs to vanish because the stakes are … Read More

December 1, 2013

Outside the Bubble: Legalize it

Colorado and Washington state legalized marijuana for recreational use just over one year ago. Opponents warned that voters had created the new Sodom and Gomorrah. Yet both states are miraculously still standing and are implementing regulatory regimes to tax the drug and govern its distribution and use. To many residents, … Read More

November 6, 2013

Outside the Bubble: The Republican road to victory

Millennials grew up hearing about American exceptionalism, mostly in the context of its decline. Unfortunately, the past several months and years have only added to the pessimistic narrative. Shutting down the government of the world’s greatest democracy cuts against the idea that we as a nation are anything special. Discussions … Read More

September 24, 2013

Privacy in the Internet age

Edward Snowden’s leaks, and subsequent quest for asylum, transfixed people around the world. America’s response has been, at best, muddled. It’s hard to put up a united front when the scandal’s underlying issue of privacy divides the public. Lawmakers are also split, but support for the status quo endures. For … Read More

April 24, 2013

Immigrant America: A redundancy

Last week, in a rare display of bipartisanship, eight senators introduced the most comprehensive immigration reform in a quarter-century. As The New York Times editorial board noted, the bill’s mere existence is in itself a miracle. Rancor will swirl around a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants. Read More

April 10, 2013

Student debt and American decline

Since the late ’90s, America moved from the dot-com bubble to the housing bubble, and the market rose and crashed in spectacular fashion along the way. The student loan bubble is next. While Princeton shields its undergraduates from sinking into the red, national student loan debt  surpassed credit … Read More

March 27, 2013

Preserving Princeton

News of the Newtown tragedy united America in grief. My mother was in a state of disarray for days; our commander-in-chief broke down in front of the nation, not so much as a president, but as a father. In an op-ed published on Monday, Benjamin Dinovelli reinvigorated those emotions in … Read More