World Affairs

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Time to Let Up or Double Down?

Even with vaccination rollout underway, it's still too early to consider the long-anticipated return to normal.
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Why I Am Not like You: The Ethics of Exceptions

When it comes to coronavirus regulations, what relevant considerations might make some exempt from the general rule?
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The Bigger Problem with “COVID Conga Lines”

In this together? What can the rights and responsibilities of Dewey's public tell us about our current predicament?
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The Moral Need for Public Conversation about Rights in a Pandemic...

The 'folk' conception of rights is a major obstacle to combating the pandemic. Perhaps it's time we had a talk about the limits of personal liberty.
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Duties to Vaccinate, Duties to Inform

How might we best communicate the science to those who remain skeptical? What role do each of us have to play?
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This for That: Trading Vaccinations for Stimulus Checks

Should citizens refusing vaccination be denied a stimulus check? Is this proposal really any different from school immunizations?
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For-Profit Coronavirus Vaccines

Whatever the market can bear? Does private enterprise owe anything to public health?
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Should I Stay, or Should I Go: Holidays in the Age...

The burden of isolation is heavy, but the risk of get-togethers is great.
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Yes Elon, There Is Space Law

The language surrounding space colonization invites comparison with Manifest Destiny and conjures images of the private pillaging of a shared resource.
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Expertise and the “Building Distrust” of Public Health Agencies

When it comes to public health, is one voice just as good as any other? And what might be the requirements for justified disbelief?