Politics

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The Trump/Zelensky Exchange: The “Though” Makes It Quid Pro Quo

Does the transcript exonerate the president as his supporters have claimed? And what's the big deal if it doesn't?
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The Questionable Morality of Gonzo Journalism

The increasing trend of subjective reporting in journalism blurs the distinction between fact and opinion and threatens to undermine the political process.
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Should We Celebrate the Death of an Enemy?

What are our responsibilities to those who have caused harm? What are and are not appropriate responses to a fallen foe?
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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?