Politics

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The Cost of Free Speech

Freedoms come with responsibilities and must be balanced against other moral values.
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When Should We Be Undemocratic?

On what grounds might barring a politician from ever running for public office again be justified?
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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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The Value of Secrecy in Congress

If voting in secret encourages members of Congress to vote their conscience, why shouldn't secret voting be the norm?
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“Stand Back and Stand By”: The Demands of Loyal Opposition

What role and responsibilities does American democracy assume of the minority party?
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Gun Control and Constitutional Interpretation

The Supreme Court's assessment of gun rights has been largely shaped by originalist readings, but that doesn't necessarily settle the debate.
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On the “Canceling” of Liz Cheney

"During the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition called war."
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A Challenge to Federalism: Mask Mandates and Subsidiarity

How do we find the proper division of labor between competing claims to authority by federal, state, and local bodies?
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“Politicians in Robes”: Neutrality in the Supreme Court

How can we maintain confidence in the Court given the politicization surrounding it?
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Justice Breyer and Strategic Retirement

We should take a minute to consider all that is being communicated in the push for Breyer to relinquish his post and step down?