Op-Ed

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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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Inconsistency in Animal Abuse

Many express outrage at news stories involving the poor care of pets, but the implications of our indignation often go unnoticed.
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Elevating the Elite in Music: El Sistema and Cultural Hegemony

What can El Sistema tell us about the politics of music education? What's the right way to promote inclusion?
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Christianity’s Role in Alt-Right Terrorism: More than an Aesthetic

Recent events have raised questions about Christianity's relation to alt-right ideology and its role in right-wing terrorism.
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Cultural Value, Charitable Giving, and the Fire at Notre Dame

The fire at Notre Dame was a huge cultural event matched only by the outpouring of support from donations and social media posts in response. But shouldn't there be other things we support just as strongly?
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Why We Shouldn’t Have to Have the White History Month Conversation

Black History Month is occasionally accompanied by discourse on the possibility of "white history month." What makes it wrong?
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Self-Care in the Late Capitalist Era

Self-care is crucial, but is it overly commodified?
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Why You are Wrong to Donate to the #BorderWall GoFundMe Campaign

Opinion: The GoFundMe campaign supporting the building of the proposed border wall has some fundamental philosophical problems.
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Is All Comedy Ethical? The Office’s Irresponsible Use of Satire

Satire deliberately exaggerates societal issues to make a point -- and to make us change. But what if it doesn't work?
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Opinion: To Face Climate Change We Need the Arts and Humanities

Can we combat climate change with more than just the sciences, and how should we implement the humanities into our solutions?