Society

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Ethical Concerns About Space Mining

The private exploitation and extraction of a shared resource threatens consequences for all.
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Under Discussion: Global Warming and the Right to Risk Wrong

Contributing to a problem doesn't grant license to impose one's "solution" on others as well.
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Under Discussion: Conspiracy Theories, Climate Change, and the Crisis of Trust

There is no obvious cure for the climate change skepticism that has hold over a significant chunk of the population.
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Under Discussion: The Moral Necessity of International Agreements

Despite all the various criticisms, accords and treaties are an indispensable tool in fighting global warming.
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Under Discussion: Economic Concerns for a Green Future

The economic uncertainty that comes with turning away from fossil fuels, gives those in power pause.
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Under Discussion: The Marginalization of the Future

Our inability (and unwillingness) to advocate for those people and entities that can't advocate for themselves spells doom for environmental protections.
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Under Discussion: Undermining a Democratic Response

If we are to rise to the challenge presented by climate change, government must again become a tool for facilitating people's ability to act.
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The Ethics of Presidential Polling

Can we justify the choice to make unofficial presidential polling data available to the masses while the result is still out?
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Should News Sites Have Paywalls?

Given the vital democratic role of the fourth estate, we need some way of making fact-based journalism widely available.
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Moral Authority in America

What have these past four years really meant for America's legacy? What is the way forward?