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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?
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Insurrection at the Capitol: Socratic Lessons on Rhetoric and Truth

The events of January 6th offer yet another history lesson on the power of persuasion and our indifference to truth.
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How Should One Call It like It Is?

By what standards can we determine the kind of language that is appropriate? How could we possibly reach consensus?
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Trump and the Dangers of Social Media

What responsibility do social media sites have in moderating content and what responsibilities might fall on us, the users?
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Accountability, Negligence, and Bad Faith

Calls for Senators Cruz and Hawley to resign are only growing louder, but of what wrong might they be guilty?
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The Capitol Coup and the Rhetoric of Essentialist Exceptionalism

Refusing to accept that things like this could happen here produces harm both domestically and abroad.
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On Speaking Up in Polite Company

What's the best strategy when confrontation comes calling this holiday season?