Politics

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On Political Purity Tests

How should we approach elections? Is there a midway between being too idealistic and sacrificing our values?
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The Harms of Reporting Political Insults

When even the presentation of facts is non-neutral, how can journalism retain any claim to objectivity?
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Campaign Donations, Caveat Emptor, and #RefundPete

Campaign donations can give contributors a sense of entitlement, but can these feelings be justified? What does our dollar really buy? What should it buy?
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Of Trump and Truth

The political assault on truth has far-reaching implications. Can we save government from Orwellian dystopia and rescue ethics from a world without facts?

Conscientious Exemption, Reasonable Accommodation, and Dianne Hensley

How should we respond when the right to conscientious exemption runs up against the right to reasonable accommodation?
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Johnson’s Mumbling and Top-Down Effects on Perception

The judgments inherent to perception are neither universal nor objective. And this fact can lead to a breakdown in communication or be used to hide our intentions.
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Impeachment as a Means to an End

The value of the impeachment hearings extends well beyond the immediate political horizon. It is not a tool in service of a particular end, but a communicative symbol to the world.
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Impeachment Hearings and Changing Your Mind

Fact-finding endeavors like the impeachment hearings highlight our inability to keep an open mind. From confirmation bias to selective perception, we possess all sorts of bulwarks for our beliefs.
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On the Question of Strategic Voting

What are our responsibilities at the ballot box? What does it mean for a vote to be insincere? Do we have an obligation to vote our conscience at the ballot box?
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MAGA, Morality, and the Paradox of Tolerance

Tolerance does not, and cannot, require tolerating intolerant views. And it is not hypocrisy to say so.