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Student’s research helps shape political beliefs

Anna Puderbaugh | Staff Writer

As president of KOPPI, senior Pryce Adade-Yebesi is heavily involved in politics.

“KOPPI is a civil awareness club. We bring in guest speakers for discussions over political issues, news and current events. We’re trying to do some other things in the future but that’s our main focus at the moment,” Yebesi said.

Yebesi’s interest in politics has spurred his research into the philosophies and principles that accompany political parties. Despite once supporting Democratic values and candidate Hillary Clinton, Yebesi now identifies more with the Republican party.

“I read a book called ‘The Fountainhead.’ It’s a story about the theory of a philosophy called objectivism. From there, I was exposed to a couple other things. A lot of the things that I believe have not changed,” Yebesi said.

This book was not the only influence on Yebesi’s decision to support a different political party.

“A lot of [switching political affiliations] would have do with another person that I came across – a man by the name of Arthur C. Brooks,” Yebesi said. He is the chairman and president of the American Enterprise Institute, and I listened to a TED talk that he did about how capitalism brings wealth and it has brought all of these third world countries to levels of wealth and operating that the world has never seen before. It is the prevailing economic system in the world and I feel like policies that encourage and support capitalism that will let businesses have free reign are good.”

Yebesi has formed his own opinions based off of his own research. His decision to switch parties did not happen all at once, however. It was a gradual change based on research.

Yebesi made sure to acknowledge that he was never formally a member of the Democratic party, but he did support Hillary Clinton in the previous election.

“I still think she was a really well-experienced candidate and had a lot to offer,” Yebesi said.  

Now, Yebesi is more aware of and open to ideas from the other side of the political spectrum.

“Some of the things I’ve learned from what I’ve read and what I’ve been exposed to made me more cognizant of other candidates from across the aisle and the benefits they bring,” Yebesi said.


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