Torchlight Needs Diversity

This editorial was one of the first editorials Torchlight published.  With our return, we thought it important to make this statement again. Torchlight emerged from a video game webcomic’s forums, so our population of writers is basically what you would expect: mostly nerdy white guys who work in IT and have free time to dedicate

The DACA Rollback is Indefensible

The pragmatic arguments against President Trump’s rollback of the DACA program have been laid out at length. There is the fact that many beneficiaries of the program, colloquially known as Dreamers, have, for all intents and purposes, no ties or knowledge of their countries of origin. They may not even speak the language: buying one

Top Story: Nazi Rally in Virginia

On August 11 and 12, 2017, the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia turned violent when protesters and counter-protestors came to blows, culminating in an alt-right protestor ramming a car into a crowd of counter-protestors, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. The rally was protesting the planned removal of a statue of

NATO Doesn’t Exist to Win Wars; It Exists to Prevent Them

My personal Memorial Day tradition is fairly low-key. There’s a small veterans’ memorial in my town, and it happens to be on a route that I walk regularly, so when I pass by it on Memorial Day I take a few minutes to pause, read over some of the names engraved on the stones, and

Understanding the 2016 Election, Part I: The Republican Primary

Virtually every major media outlet has given their take on the 2016 Presidential election, to the point where these examinations feel more indicative of each outlet’s identity than any real, comprehensive explanation of the event. Statistics-driven 538’s series focuses on how the rest of the media misinterpreted the polling data, perennial news explainer Vox largely

Civil Rights: Definitions and History

Civil Rights are the basic rights of a citizen of a given nation. They comprise those rights, freedoms, and standards of access without which one cannot participate meaningfully in the society of that nation–both the political society of laws, legislatures, and courts, and the civil society of moving around, speaking one’s mind, and existing in

On Language

And that’s a week of Torchlight complete; thank you for joining us. Our writers have done some great work this week. Andrew Coleman took the media to task, laying out the terrain we want to inhabit as journalists. Amy Davidson brought us a sharp, compassionate look at the human impact of rescinding the transgender bathroom