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Red ?sh, blue ?sh: New liberal magazine adds to the marketplace of ideas on campus, will bring balance

Kudos go to the Young Democrats of UNC and the Duke Democrats for putting out the first issue of their new publication, Campus BluePrint.

The liberal-leaning magazine will fill an important hole in campus media — that of the leftist population at UNC. It’s sort of an ironic hole, considering how overwhelmingly liberal the student body is considered.

The magazine will act as an important foil to the Carolina Review, the monthly voice of conservative thought on campus.

Every observation from the mainstream to the fringes is essential to the marketplace of ideas.

When ideas and views flow freely, it is possible for people to argue and debate through them until the truth is found.

Campus BluePrint is just another piece to that puzzle.

David Gilmore, the publication’s UNC editor-in-chief, also did well by promising a conservative voice in each monthly issue. Compromise and consensus are important to a good discussion.

The Carolina Review staff recognizes that as well.

Bryan Weynand, editor-in-chief of the conservative magazine, made the right choice by welcoming Campus BluePrint to the table.

Although the two publications will be at odds, Weynand told The Daily Tar Heel he realizes that this is a necessary step toward better campus discussion.

This is the right reaction; Now these two publications can use the idea of competition — Carolina Review surely will love that reference — to produce a better product.

Campus BluePrint is a new, significant part of campus discussions for both UNC and Duke, and that’s something to celebrate.

This is the start of a better, stronger campus discussion, one where a new viewpoint is put forward so students can better draw their own conclusions.

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