Society

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Stories of Vulnerability: COVID-19 in Slaughterhouses

The current crisis has provided a new context to evaluate our relationship to meat and the machinery that produces it. Can we justify the cost of this "vital" labor?
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Novak Djokovic and the Expectations of Celebrity

Do the responsibilities of celebrity extend to keeping some of their opinions to themselves? Must they play by a different set of rules than the general public?
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Figleaves, Bothsidesing, and the Ethics of Implication

The disconnect between semantic and pragmatic meaning hides all sorts of political motive and epistemic claims.
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The Problem and Potential of Provincialism

History, geography, and politics have conspired to keep most Americans sheltered from the outside world. This has worked both to our benefit and our detriment.
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Utilitarian Arguments During COVID: A Symptom, Not the Answer

The question of where we are, how we got here, and what we should do now is more complex than our current conversation admits.
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The Question of Genocide in Australian History

Translating the moral wrong of genocide into the legal language of law requires revisiting our colonial past.
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Is TikTok Good or Bad for Rap?

Is this new medium reducing art to a formulaic hunt for virality or is it inspiring innovation and increasing independent artists' opportunity for exposure?
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Ongoing American Exceptionalism: To Infinity and Beyond

Continual encroachment on a shared resource undermines what is a necessarily collective and collaborative enterprise.
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Expert Suspicion: Arendt and the “Public Space”

How can we balance deference to experts with the need for inclusive political discourse?
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A Time for Re-Imagining

The current crisis offers a rare opportunity to reexamine and revise the economic, political, and social structures that define our worldview.