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On Objectivity in Journalism

Exercising discretion in choosing what to say and how to say it inevitably requires adopting some particular perspective, but doesn't that just admit bias?
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On Patriotism

What does our fidelity to the nation in which we live require? What can it not demand?
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Educating Professionals

How might the value of education transcend economic assessment? What goods might it deliver beyond mere job-training?

Opinion

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The Moral Danger of Conservative Nostalgia

At what point does longing for days gone by become something more than a mere expression of personal taste?
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On the Obligations of Sports Fandom

Admiration for athletic accomplishment often bleeds through to the personal. Is there any of making sure our praise stays on the field?
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Background Checks for Alcohol

Our policies and intuitions when it comes to policing guns and alcohol appear inconsistent. Are there justifications we can give?

Culture

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Life Imitates Art (and So Does the News)

Seeing ourselves in the stories we've told has a way of showing us that the progress we think we've made sounds better in our head than it looks on paper.
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The Higher and Lower Pleasures of the French Culture Pass

Is there such a thing as an ideal way for teenagers to spend money on cultural experiences that might broaden their horizons?
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Destroy the ‘Mona Lisa’ for an NFT?

Technology promises all sorts of improvements and advances, but can a work of art survive the new age of mechanical reproduction?

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Can We Heckle Unvaccinated Athletes?

Taunting and jeers are an integral part of any true fan's playbook, but how do we decided which spectator behaviors cross the line?
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What Toilet Paper Can Teach Us About Climate Change

"Fairness" can be defined in a number of different ways, but reaching consensus on the right terminology won't matter if there's nothing left to conserve.
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What Hypocrisy Tells Us

Should the character flaws and personal failings of the messenger impact our reception of the message?
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The Moral Danger of Conservative Nostalgia

At what point does longing for days gone by become something more than a mere expression of personal taste?
image of lined field under bright lights

On the Obligations of Sports Fandom

Admiration for athletic accomplishment often bleeds through to the personal. Is there any of making sure our praise stays on the field?
photograph of alcohol bottles on shelf

Background Checks for Alcohol

Our policies and intuitions when it comes to policing guns and alcohol appear inconsistent. Are there justifications we can give?