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The Ethics of Deterrence: Australian Offshore Immigration Detention

The U.S. isn't the only country with controversial and dangerous immigration policies. Those of Australia have gone on for over 5 years.
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Should At-Home Workers Be Taxed?

If at-home workers must chip in more money to the pot as a matter of fairness, surely there are others who might be similarly obligated.
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The Moral Dimensions of the Research Reproducibility Crisis

The sciences are facing a reproducibility crisis - a crisis that can only be solved by better valuing studies that work to reproduce existing results, rather than simply break new ground.
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Pinterest’s Block on Anti-Vaccination Content

Pinterest quietly removed anti-vaccination content from the site, making both 'anti-vax' and 'vaccine' unsearchable. Was this the right thing to do?
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On Objectivity in Journalism

Exercising discretion in choosing what to say and how to say it inevitably requires adopting some particular perspective, but doesn't that just admit bias?
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Is the Global Citizenship Movement the New “White Man’s Burden”?

What does it mean to be a global citizen, and is it an inherently good thing?
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Institutions’ Right to Block: ICAO vs. Taiwan

What might justify an organization or government's wielding of exclusionary power? What does it mean to be removed from the conversation?
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Reframing Picasso: Hannah Gadsby and “Separating the Man from the Art”

Hannah Gadsby's reframing of Picasso's cubism is more than a piece of art criticism -- it's revolutionary.
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Year in Review

To ring in the new year, our writers offer their favorite reads that you might have missed.
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To Understand America’s Resistance to Gun Control, Look to Religion

The fatalism that marks the gun rights movement's approach to gun safety is fundamentally intertwined with religious notions of evil.