A losing team’s merch: Sports consumerism feeds international landfills

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Prevailing lines of thought in the United States often dissuade critical thinking — after all, isn’t “charity” a good thing? But the dark underbelly of American consumerism operates in the dark, hiding beneath notions of charity or international aid. It’s a virtually invisible market, far out of sight and out of mind for the vast majority of American sports fans.
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Community disservice: Toxicity within charity

Off the Beat

All eyes were on me to make sure that my club recruited the most members, tallied the most volunteer hours and raised the most money. If we didn’t meet these sky-high expectations, the clout we raised through past years would be all for naught — as if our Key Club couldn’t just do community service for the sake of helping the community.
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Professional purgatory

To the Left

My family sees a finance career as something that will keep me content because it’ll bring financial comfort. But I want more than comfort; I want happiness
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Pseudo-education

To the Left

Public school curriculum is determined by state and local authorities. Each state has the power to pick and choose the information it feeds to its children.
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