Politics

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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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Under Discussion: Weeds Grow in Light and Open Air, Too

Just as tolerance cannot tolerate intolerance, the possibility of free speech must be forcibly maintained and policed according to some limits.
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Under Discussion: Are Liberalism and Democracy Fundamentally at Odds?

US democracy has always been about striking the proper balance between individual freedoms and the popular will.
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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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In Washington, D.C., A March Against Fear

At the March For Our Lives, young people stood front and center in the fight against gun violence in America.
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Online Discourse and the Demand for Civility

The call for civil discourse is often disingenuous, and finding a neutral ground for debate is difficult in practice. What does 'civility' mean, and what does it not mean?
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Bloomberg: Biasing Elections With Billions

Self-funding one's political campaign seems like a noble endeavor, but it also raises a host of concerns.
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The Dangerous Allure of Conspiracy Theories

What is it about us and our politics that makes us so susceptible to tales of enchantment and intrigue?
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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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Was Obama Truly a Post-Racial President?

Despite Barack Obama's attempts to brand himself as a post-racial president, Gabriel Andrade argues that the first black presidency fell victim to the identity politics damaging American society.