Society

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Panic Buying and the Virtue of Compassion

Trying times test us physically, emotionally, and morally., but it's important to remember that we are not alone.
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The Ethics of Panic Hoarding

Defining what "reasonable" looks like in times of crisis can be extremely difficult, but managing dramatic shifts in supply and demand requires us to continue to think of others.
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Water Scarcity and Aldo Leopold’s “Land Ethic”

Our habitual practices are causing harm and manipulations to market forces can't produce lasting change. What are we to do?

Are We Overreacting? Coronavirus in Context

When faced with an adversary like COVID-19, we seem destined to look for grander strategies of response. But sometimes the simplest steps are the most potent.
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Infodemics and Good Epistemic Hygiene

With the overwhelming amount of (mis)information circulating on social media, it becomes vitally important that all of us be working from the same set of facts.
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The Case of Gabriel Fernandez: Social Work and Public Responsibility

The decision by prosecutors to lay blame at the social workers door paints an unrealistic and overly simplistic picture.
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Gay Representation and ‘Onward’

Corporations often try to brand themselves as inclusive and progressive, but is there any substance behind these labels or is it all just marketing?
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The Coastal GasLink Pipeline

The Coastal GasLink pipeline standoff highlights a number of concerns of legitimacy and puts pressure on different entities' claim to the right to rule.
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Operation Chaos; or, How to Snatch Defeat from the Jaws of...

The idea of "party raiding" raises interesting questions not only about our motivations at the ballot booth, but also the way we go about preference ordering.
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The Case for Epistocratic Democracy

Do we, as voters, have an obligation to be informed? Where could such a duty come from? Who might we owe it to?