World Affairs

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Moral Distinctions between Crisis Capitalizers

What characteristics might reveal the difference between profiting during a crisis and profiting off of one?
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The Short- and Long-Term Ethical Issues of Working from Home

The return of pre-industrial working conditions promises upheaval. What challenges should we expect? What gains might we hope for?
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Moral Panics about “COVID Parties”

We need to communicate risks and encourage compliance, but sensationalization threatens to undue whatever gains we might make.

The Moral Challenges of Opening Up Schools During the Pandemic

There may be no ideal one-size-fits-all solution for schools reopening, but that doesn't mean that all plans are equal.
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Individualism in the Time of COVID: The Rights and Wrongs of...

Whose rights are at stake when businesses require patrons to don face masks? How should we define the boundaries of our individual freedom?
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Uighur Genocide and the Wrong of Population Control

Genocide can take any number of forms, but how do we capture the unique moral harm perpetrated by programs targeting children?
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COVID-19 and Systemic Racism

From the pandemic to ongoing economic, social, and political oppression, it's not that our obligations have grown, but that our failings have become more obvious.
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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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The Moral Pitfalls of Color-Coded Coronavirus Warning Systems

As states re-open, risk is frequently presented in a four-tiered color-coded chart. That chart doesn't present meaningful data or allow us to understand risk: it's a false sense of security.
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Hydroxychloroquine and the Ethical Pitfalls of Private Science

The retraction of three papers on treating COVID-19 with hydroxychloroquine reflect a crisis in the scientific community: how to handle data from private companies. What reforms are necessary to avoid such data-based scandals in the future?