Politics

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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?
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Come into My Parler

What good is fact-checking in the post-truth era?
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Wrongs that Are Wrong to Forgive?

Mea culpa? What are the relevant considerations that must be assessed before offering absolution?
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The Ethics of Pardoning

What justification can we offer for a tool that flies in the face of our moral convictions regarding fairness, justice, and equality before the law?
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Mill’s Dilemma

How can political adversaries engage in genuine dialog given our present cultural climate?
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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.