World Affairs

Individual Rights, Collective Interests, and Vaccine Mandates

Is there any justifying the state's strong-arming and bullying in the name of its citizens' public health?
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Making the Best of a Bad Situation: Russia and the Energy...

On what grounds could we possibly object to the geopolitical opportunism that represents business as usual?
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Vaccine Hesitancy as Free-Riding

A not insignificant portion of the unvaccinated continue to confound us in their refusal to acknowledge the basic demands of fairness.
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Moral Lessons from the Meng Wanzhou Affair?

It's difficult to see the narrative that this political showdown was about taking a stand on principles as anything but hollow.
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Are Vaccines Passports Ethical?

Are we justified in constraining some people's rights so that others might enjoy a return to normal?
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COVID Vaccines and Primary Care

Are doctors violating their professional code in choosing who they will or will not treat, or, as always, simply minimizing their patients' risk and possible harm?
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Aesop and the Unvaccinated: On Messaging and Rationality

Too much time is devoted to finger-pointing and name-calling, while not enough attention is paid to what goes into the message.
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Intervention and Self-Determination in Haiti

What kind of solution best respects the agency of the Haitian people and might find the necessary footing to take hold?
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The Artemis Accords: A New Race to Dominate Space

The land grab currently afoot has people and nations staking their claim to goods that shouldn't be owned.
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Medical Challenge Trials: Time to Embrace the Challenge?

Are there any good moral reasons for refusing to experiment with willing participants in the face of an emergency?