Brown U. student’s attack on voting makes ‘worst columns’ list

The Atlantic Wire’s David Wagner has taken on the thankless task of compiling “The 50 Worst Columns of 2012,” featuring his selection of the most misguided, boneheaded opinion pieces published this year.

Along with the usual media stars – Peggy Noonan, Dick Morris, Maureen Dowd – the list also features a Nov. 13 piece by Oliver Hudson, a Brown University undergraduate and a columnist at The Brown Daily Herald. Here’s Wagner’s writeup:

Oliver Hudson in The Brown Daily Herald on why voting rights are wrong Here’s one way to get everyone’s attention: attack a cornerstone of modern American democracy. “Most of us accept and celebrate our universal suffrage. But is it a good idea? In my view, no,” writes Brown undergraduate Oliver Hudson, who thinks voting rights should be determined by tax bracket (that’s not a joke). “If person A contributes 100 times more than person B in income taxes, person A should have 100 times more voting power than person B.” So basically, Donald Trump should get to handpick our presidents?

Hudson – who is also editor-in-chief of The Brown Spectator, an student-run conservative journal – certainly stirred up controversy, getting push back from the Brown Politics Memo and later publishing a reply to his “outraged readers.” Alas, the reply used a fake Jefferson quote.

The Atlantic’s list isn’t the only end-of-the-year roundup that Hudson’s column has made – USA Today College put the piece on its list of “4 Controversial Columns that Defined 2012,” too.

​(photo: Brown Daily Herald)

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