Our 100th story: What we’ve learned

By Aristophanes


We finally made it. You’re currently reading the American Unionist‘s 100th story.

Since launching in August, we’ve written about current events, pop culture, social philosophy and more. In the future, we’ll continue this coverage. As we move forward, we’ll take what we’ve learned in our first 100 stories to improve and expand.

For now, we’re taking a look back at our most popular stories in each of our six main categories: U.S. politics, international politics, film, television, philosophy and fiction.

We hope you enjoyed these articles the first time around. If you missed them originally, we hope you’ll consider reading them now.


U.S. Politics | What is Jeff Sessions hiding?

Released October 19, 2017

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What is our attorney general hiding, if anything? His testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee was revealing in its omissions; Sessions refused to comment on his conversations with President Donald Trump.

Why stay silent? Unless, of course, those private conversations reveal something about the president Sessions doesn’t want us to know.


International Politics | Rise and fall of the Italian Carbonari

Released September 21, 2017

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In this article, we examined a group of Napoleonic-era pseudo-terrorists. The Carbonari, based in Italy, developed a secretive leadership structure where the true meaning of the organization was revealed only to a select few.

Ultimately, however, this exclusivity would lead to the Carbonari’s downfall. It’s hard to evangelize for your religion if you don’t even know who your god is.


Film | Dr. Strangelove: Setting a scene with light and shadow

Released August 19, 2017

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In this, one of four original articles the American Unionist ran on opening day, we examined the careful cinematography of Stanley Kubrick’s classic Cold War dark comedy, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. 

Released in 1964, Dr. Strangelove is a sharp political satire notable for its monochromatic style. Color technology already existed, but the sharp contrasts of black and white made for a more thrilling tale.


Television | Rick and Morty: Addicted to our own limitations

Released August 30, 2017

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Ah, Rick and Morty. During the show’s third season, writers Aristophanes and Hermes held weekly discussions for each episode. This discussion, over the season’s sixth episode, “Rest and Ricklaxation,” was our most popular by far.

Why? Perhaps it has something to do with this particular episode’s deep, philosophic analysis of the titular characters. More likely, however, is the intriguing nature of the article’s title.


Philosophy | Plato foresaw democracy’s fall

Released August 23, 2017

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This may have been my favorite story to write thus far. In examining the political philosophy of Plato, I began to recognize similarities to the current moment in American politics.

If Plato is right about the ultimate fate of democratic governance, we may be in for a bumpy ride.


Fiction | ‘Telaim’

Released August 19, 2017

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We occasionally publish short fiction, and, of the three stories we’ve published thus far, Telaim remains the most popular.

The story focuses on the ancient Israelites as they do battle with the fearsome Amalekites. The two societies are diametrically opposed foes, but perhaps they aren’t as different as they first seem. ■



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