Politics

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Is It Wrong to Be a Nationalist?

Trump's embrace of the 'nationalist' label has drawn criticism. Is there any version of nationalism that is defensible?
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The Free-Speech Defense and a Defense of Free Speech

Mill endorsed free and open debate as a machine capable of refining and reinforcing truth. There were, however, limits. On his view, political correctness is not a restriction of free speech but a basic tenet.
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The California Housing Crisis and Collective Action

California's housing shortage touches on everything: entitlement, privilege, fairness, justice, gentrification, subsidiarity, class conflict and free-riders.
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Racism, Refugees, and the Ripple Effect

Nationalist rhetoric and policies are gaining traction, emboldening others to follow suit, and undermining our collective commitment to human rights.
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The Political Response to Racism: Trump vs. the Squad

How do the political implications of responses like censure complicate the moral scene? What should be our goal in addressing racism?
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Does Australia Need a Bill of Rights?

How should we balance concerns for legal flexibility and political representation against the enshrinement of minority rights?
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Concrete Milkshakes and the Ethics of Being Wrong on the Internet

Recent circulation of misinformation through media channels highlights a troubling trend regarding belief formation. What does it mean to be a responsible epistemic agent?
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To Keep, or Not to Keep? The US Electoral College and...

Much has been written bemoaning the Electoral College, but the implications of mantras like "one person, one vote," or worries about political representation run much deeper. The NPVIC does nothing to address this.
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Who fact-checks the fact-checkers?

The campaign to stem the tide of misinformation online is beset by a number of formidable epistemic obstacles. How effective can fact-checking ever really be?

The Peace Cross and Separation of Church and State

Bladensburg's monument to veterans raises a number of thorny issues concerning the principle of neutrality, freedom of religion, and the foundations of law.