Opinion

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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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Wrongs that Are Wrong to Forgive?

Mea culpa? What are the relevant considerations that must be assessed before offering absolution?
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Pet Ownership and the Ethical Perils of Domination

In what ways does our position in relation to domesticated animals place additional duties of care upon us?
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Freedom of Speech and the Self-Defense Argument

Know thine enemy? Is it better that offensive views be expressed than simply hidden from sight?
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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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Winning Graciously and the Problem with Empathy

President-elect Biden's recent speech calls for unity, and raises questions about the consideration owed to political rivals.
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The Day after Election: A Return to Normal?

What does all this longing for days gone by mean for our political future?
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Trump, Berlusconi, and Double Standards on Tough Questions

The similarities between the two figures raise questions about misogyny and hypocrisy.
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The Day after Election: Democracy and Good Faith

The pursuit of power for power's sake has reduced politics to a bad faith battle for the people's attention.
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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?