Politics

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Gun Control and Constitutional Interpretation

The Supreme Court's assessment of gun rights has been largely shaped by originalist readings, but that doesn't necessarily settle the debate.
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“Stand Back and Stand By”: The Demands of Loyal Opposition

What role and responsibilities does American democracy assume of the minority party?
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The Value of Secrecy in Congress

If voting in secret encourages members of Congress to vote their conscience, why shouldn't secret voting be the norm?
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The Broader Moral Issue Behind the Filibuster

Is the filibuster the linchpin holding it all together or a relic from a bygone era holding us back?
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When Should We Be Undemocratic?

On what grounds might barring a politician from ever running for public office again be justified?
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The Cost of Free Speech

Freedoms come with responsibilities and must be balanced against other moral values.
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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?