Society

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Kyle Rittenhouse and the Legal/Moral Limits of Self-Defense

Depictions of Rittenhouse as a brave patriot standing his ground and acting in self-defense are doing legal and moral harm.
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Against Abstinence-Based COVID-19 Policies

Colleges' policies regarding students and gatherings offers another lesson about using ideal theory in a non-ideal world.
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The Pardon of Alice Marie Johnson

Johnson's sentence was a miscarriage of justice, but her pardon appears motivated by political ends.
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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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Stereotyping and Statistical Generalization

Painting with broad strokes? All the facts and figures in the world can't tell you about a single individual's lived experience.
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Modern Monetary Theory, Taxation, and Democracy

What happens when government budgets become spending plans rather than balance sheets?
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The Dangerous Allure of Conspiracy Theories

What is it about us and our politics that makes us so susceptible to tales of enchantment and intrigue?
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The Uses and Abuses of Political Hypocrisy

Ethics of responsibility or the ethics of conviction? Under what conditions is hypocrisy preferable to non-hypocrisy?
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Wildfires and Prison Labor: Crisis Continues to Expose Systemic Inequity

Upon what theory of punishment do the incarcerated not deserve protection from exploitation?
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On “Doing Your Own Research”

For many, the pandemic is only further tarnishing science's name. But we need to raise the bar for what does (and does not) constitute research.