Politics

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Who fact-checks the fact-checkers?

The campaign to stem the tide of misinformation online is beset by a number of formidable epistemic obstacles. How effective can fact-checking ever really be?

The Peace Cross and Separation of Church and State

Bladensburg's monument to veterans raises a number of thorny issues concerning the principle of neutrality, freedom of religion, and the foundations of law.
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Separating Character from Policy at the Ballot Box

Accusations about one's lack of moral fiber are often thrown around at election time, but when are personal moral failings relevant in determining a candidate's suitability for public office?
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Press Freedom in Australia: Democracy, Transparency, and Trust

Recent government raids on news organizations in Australia prompt discussion of the boundaries of categories like the public interest and national security threats.
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Blame and Forgiveness in Student Loan Debt

What do Elizabeth Warren's proposed policies regarding student debt relief say about responsibility and fairness?
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Is the Filibuster Democratic?

Is a tool used as obstruction to legislation antithetical to the Senate's purpose, or perfectly attuned to it? Is the filibuster the "Soul of the Senate" or the death of democracy?
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Political Animosity and Estrangement

As politics become more divisive, the family unit risks fracture. How should we balance political convictions and familial ties?
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Gun Control and the Ethics of Constitutional Rights

The US and New Zealand's positions on gun control could not be farther apart. How have political climates and history shaped these cultural attitudes? What is the substance of the right to bear arms? How broad is its justification?
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Online Discourse and the Demand for Civility

The call for civil discourse is often disingenuous, and finding a neutral ground for debate is difficult in practice. What does 'civility' mean, and what does it not mean?
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The Ban on Trans Service Members and Injustice of Healthcare Cost...

It's difficult to justify the recent ban on transgender military service with the reasons on offer.