Benjamin Hackett Public Advocate, Resident Conservative

Class of 2007


  • Look out, Luke: Peduto puts in bid for mayor

    Pittsburgh City Councilman William Peduto announced his run for mayor in front of a large crowd of supporters on January 22 at the Union Project in Highland Park. Peduto, a 42-year-old Point Breeze resident, is incumbent Luke Ravenstahl’s major competition in the Democratic primary in the upcoming special election on May 15.

    News | February 12, 2007
  • United States’ double envelopment threatens liberty

    During the summer of 216 BCE, a major battle in the Second Punic War took place. Under consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro, the Romans gathered near Cannae intending to retaliate for previous defeats and crush the Carthaginians. A sizable force by any era’s standards, the 90,000-strong Roman force was composed mainly of Rome’s finest legions and allied troops. The objective...

    Forum | January 22, 2007
  • Charitable conservatives and dictatorial Democrats

    The stereotypical perspective on the Democratic Party states that the Democrats are the party of the little person. Conversely, Republicans are painted as rich, bigoted, and intolerant. Neither of these stereotypes holds any water when analyzed. The myth of the charitable liberal seemingly knows no bounds. And I agree that liberals are infinitely more charitable — with other people’s money. Howeve...

    Forum | November 20, 2006
  • Beyond the spin, a conservative nation still remains

    The Democrats are coming! The Democrats are coming! Is it possible that the United States, after voting conservative in 2000, 2002, and 2004, suddenly took a hard turn to the left? The spin on these past midterm elections is composed mainly of the misconception that the United States has become increasingly liberal. While Republicans did lose, this switchover in Congress was a result of conservati...

    Forum | November 13, 2006
  • This Tuesday, the stakes are high for Pa., the Union at large

    You have seen the commercials, been deluged by radio ads, and been mailed all sorts of political advice concerning the 2006 midterm elections. Now, kindly allow time for some clarification on the stakes and potential consequences of the 2006 midterm elections. Pennsylvania is a liberal-leaning battleground state, is facing some interesting and important elections. Under examination, here are the P...

    Forum | November 6, 2006