Society

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Expertise and the “Building Distrust” of Public Health Agencies

When it comes to public health, is one voice just as good as any other? And what might be the requirements for justified disbelief?
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The Day after Election: A Return to Normal?

What does all this longing for days gone by mean for our political future?
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Third-Party Voting in 2020

What are our obligations at the voting booth?
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Trump, Berlusconi, and Double Standards on Tough Questions

The similarities between the two figures raise questions about misogyny and hypocrisy.
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The Day after Election: Democracy and Good Faith

The pursuit of power for power's sake has reduced politics to a bad faith battle for the people's attention.
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The Day after Election: Procedure and Substance

Should government's first obligation be achieving substantive goals or fine-tuning procedural mechanisms? How can these two aims be compared?
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Truth and Contradiction, Knowledge and Belief, and Trump

What is 'knowledge' if our politics doesn't even pretend to be concerned with truth?
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In Defense of Mill

Contrary to popular belief, Mill's commitment to speech is capable of distinguishing good faith from bad faith efforts.
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Is Microtargeting Good for Democracy?

A tool for political inclusion may simply be a way to stoke division.
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Medical Privacy and the Public’s Right to Know

How can we determine when public interest should trump politician's personal rights?