Op-Ed

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The Day after Election: Procedure and Substance

Should government's first obligation be achieving substantive goals or fine-tuning procedural mechanisms? How can these two aims be compared?
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Truth and Contradiction, Knowledge and Belief, and Trump

What is 'knowledge' if our politics doesn't even pretend to be concerned with truth?
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Is It Right to Hope for a Politician’s Death?

Neither revenge nor negligence can justify hoping for the worse or expressing joy at other's misfortune.
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Misericordia and Trump’s Illness

Can virtue ethics ever justify wishing harm to come to others?
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We’ve Got Politics Wrong

Political principles or party affiliation? Our political discourse tends toward tribalism first, convictions second.
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The Ethics of Escapism (Pt. 3): Searching for the Personal when...

Our entertainments send political messages all the time, what changes is our receptivity to them.
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The Ethics of Escapism (Pt. 1)

The sphere of the political is only ever expanding. In many cases this may be cause for celebration, but we must also recognize that soon there will be no space left.
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Is the U.S. Becoming Less Democratic?

Dewey's diagnosis of a splintered American public is as accurate now as it was then. How can we help the public find itself?
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Under Discussion: Right to Riot?

Can looting and vandalism ever be considered a justified response to oppression? Does it effectively communicate a message of resistance?
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Under Discussion: Law and Order as Suppression and Oppression

The "law and order" slogan is nothing more than a wish return to the status quo that is fundamentally opposed to the project of racial justice.