Politics

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We Listen to Accusers, Should We Listen to the Accused?

What determines who we listen to in public discourse? And how should our system of government affect said discourse? This article explores how we should continue national discussions of sexual assault allegations.
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The Political Response to Racism: Trump vs. the Squad

How do the political implications of responses like censure complicate the moral scene? What should be our goal in addressing racism?
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How Words Translate to Action: The Ramifications of Trump’s Rhetoric

The way words are received is not merely a matter of the speaker's intent. And the words spoken by government officials operate differently than those of everyday citizens.
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Considered Position: Flawed Democracy – Disenfranchisement

No taxation without representation? Many still have no way of having their political voice recognized.
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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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Donald Trump and Twitter: A Turbulent Relationship, Here to Stay

Even if Twitter has the technical right to ban Donald Trump from its service, should it?
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Which Voices Matter? Ballot Initiatives, Marijuana, and Legislative Paternalism in Utah

In November, Utah voters made medical marijuana legal with a ballot measure. However, legislation is already underway to restrict it.
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Impeachment as a Means to an End

The value of the impeachment hearings extends well beyond the immediate political horizon. It is not a tool in service of a particular end, but a communicative symbol to the world.
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Under Discussion: Free Speech, Cancel Culture, and Compassion

The harm principle represents the standard for judging others' speech, but it can't tell us what punishment is appropriate or separate good faith from bad faith dialog.
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Under Discussion: Democracy Demands More than Your Vote

The obligations of a democratic citizen extend beyond registering a presidential preference every four years.