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Individualism in the Time of COVID: The Rights and Wrongs of...

Whose rights are at stake when businesses require patrons to don face masks? How should we define the boundaries of our individual freedom?
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Is Biden Trapped by Identity Politics?

Is identity politics threatening to further fracture our fragile bonds or is it the path to reconciliation?
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Retweets, Endorsements, and Indirect Speech Acts

How should we understand the speech act of retweeting? What are we signaling and what are we not? When, if ever, might condemnation be appropriate?

Opinion

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The Ethics of Escapism (Pt. 1)

The sphere of the political is only ever expanding. In many cases this may be cause for celebration, but we must also recognize that soon there will be no space left.
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Is the U.S. Becoming Less Democratic?

Dewey's diagnosis of a splintered American public is as accurate now as it was then. How can we help the public find itself?
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Under Discussion: Right to Riot?

Can looting and vandalism ever be considered a justified response to oppression? Does it effectively communicate a message of resistance?

Culture

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Debate over the Anti-Racist Reading List

How should we approach the literature of racial justice, and how far can it take us?
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It’s Just a Game: The Ethics of Tom Clancy’s Not-So-Elite Squad

Video games may not directly incite violence, but that doesn't mean they can't still send dangerous messages.
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Cottagecore and the Ethics of Retreat

What could be the harm in the idealization of the simple life and commodification of the rural aesthetic?

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The Ethics of Escapism (Pt. 2): Two Kinds of Escape

Escape of the Deserter or Escape of the Prisoner? Not all kinds of escape are justified.
photograph of Green Bay Packers stadium lightly populated before game

The Ethics of Escapism (Pt. 1)

The sphere of the political is only ever expanding. In many cases this may be cause for celebration, but we must also recognize that soon there will be no space left.
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The Continued Saga of Education During COVID-19

How can we design an educational model in our current circumstances that might serve everyone's needs from children to parents to teachers?
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Waiting for a Coronavirus Vaccine? Watch Out for Self-Deception

Optimism can sometimes infect belief-formation. And once it takes hold, it's extremely difficult to uncouple.
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Anti-Maskers and the Dangers of Collective Endorsement

Anonymity in the online environment renders expertise obsolete. Do facts stand a chance?
photograph of worn USA flag on pole with clouds behind

Is the U.S. Becoming Less Democratic?

Dewey's diagnosis of a splintered American public is as accurate now as it was then. How can we help the public find itself?