Politics

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Fairness in Taxation

Is fairness about treating all alike or being sensitive to each individual's means?
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Should Republicans and Democrats Be Friends?

Can friendship overcome deep moral disagreement? Should it?
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Winning Graciously and the Problem with Empathy

President-elect Biden's recent speech calls for unity, and raises questions about the consideration owed to political rivals.
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The Day after Election: A Return to Normal?

What does all this longing for days gone by mean for our political future?
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Third-Party Voting in 2020

What are our obligations at the voting booth?
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Trump, Berlusconi, and Double Standards on Tough Questions

The similarities between the two figures raise questions about misogyny and hypocrisy.
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The Day after Election: Democracy and Good Faith

The pursuit of power for power's sake has reduced politics to a bad faith battle for the people's attention.
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The Day after Election: Procedure and Substance

Should government's first obligation be achieving substantive goals or fine-tuning procedural mechanisms? How can these two aims be compared?
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Truth and Contradiction, Knowledge and Belief, and Trump

What is 'knowledge' if our politics doesn't even pretend to be concerned with truth?
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In Defense of Mill

Contrary to popular belief, Mill's commitment to speech is capable of distinguishing good faith from bad faith efforts.