Politics

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Under Discussion: A Dearth of Democracy

The opportunity to register one's political preferences (especially at the federal level) is small, and only getting smaller.
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Under Discussion: Consent of the Governed? Obstacles to Free and Fair...

Given that the people's voice grants government legitimacy, the authority of American democracy is under threat.
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Considered Position: Flawed Democracy – Voter Participation

What is required in order for our government to represent the people's will?
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Confirming Amy Coney Barrett: Against Secularism or For Religious Freedom?

Is faith underrepresented on the bench, and are critics of the president's nomination guilty of discrimination against the religious?
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Considered Position: Flawed Democracy – Money in Politics

How could money possibly undermine citizens' basic political equality in a democracy?
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Ponderous Chains; or, How the Supreme Court Escapes Precedent

How can the Court overturn precedent and go against stare decisis?
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Considered Position: Flawed Democracy – Minority Rights

The Electoral College, partisan gerrymandering, and varying Congressional district sizes have all undermined the people's political voice.
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Is It Right to Hope for a Politician’s Death?

Neither revenge nor negligence can justify hoping for the worse or expressing joy at other's misfortune.
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Considered Position: Flawed Democracy – Disenfranchisement

No taxation without representation? Many still have no way of having their political voice recognized.
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Misericordia and Trump’s Illness

Can virtue ethics ever justify wishing harm to come to others?