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Jack Bauer: The Solution to Dirty Hands?

December 19, 2011

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By now there have been many posts on the topic of dirty hands, offering various scenarios where the writer proposes the question “is this a case of dirty hands?” But few if any have offered an actual solution to this problem. I am here to do just that. If you do not know who Jack […]

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The Ongoing Struggle in Syria

December 15, 2011

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On Monday the United Nations high commander for human rights officially raised the death toll in Syria to 5,000 anti-government activists. For those who aren’t aware of the current situation happening in the middle east , for months activists have been protesting against the current government in place in Syria. It all started back in March […]

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Hate Speech: When to Limit Free Speech, Part 2

December 15, 2011

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In my last post, I wrote about two types of speech that we might desire limiting. In this post, I want to examine the idea that another type of free speech that should possibly be limited is hate speech. What do you think: should racist or sexist statements be allowed in public areas? Should children […]

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Continuity and Change Over Time

December 15, 2011

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In my English class this year, my professor shared the following quote with me: “History never repeats itself but sometimes it rhymes.” It immediately struck me that not only is this statement applicable to the literature we were covering in the English class, but it is equally if not more applicable to what we have […]

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Civil Rights Violations in Alabama, Again?

December 14, 2011

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The state that started the civil rights movement of the 1960’s has become involved in controversy once again. If some claim that immigration laws for those coming from Latin America aren’t enough, then they only need look at Alabama and even they will be horrified. Alabama’s immigration law utterly lacks any morality in dealing with […]

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The High School Experience.

December 14, 2011

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Firstly, is there a social contract in high school? If so, what is this social contract like? What does it do and for whom? I would argue, for the majority of high schools, there is a definite social contract within the high school boundaries. In my opinion, a social contract influenced by a Hobbesian absolutism, […]

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Has Justice Been Done?

December 14, 2011

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Within just this past week, three very unusual shootings took place around the Globe.  The first shooting occurred in Florence, Italy where an individual being described as a far-right militant, shot and killed two street vendors.  Witnesses say they saw the gunman calmly get out of a car, walk right up to a group a vendors, […]

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What? I mean…Who’s next?

December 14, 2011

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As we all know history repeats itself and comes back in different forms. And maybe that is the reason we still learn about the ideas of Mill, Locke and others because even as what we do changes who we are doesnt. My question that I wanted to ask anyone that may happen to be reading […]

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Violence or Non-Violence in the Arab Spring

December 13, 2011

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In his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. discusses civil disobedience as a method of resistance to the discrimination and segregation imposed by the US government. Dr. King enters a discussion about the justice of laws. He writes: I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not […]

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The Russian Winter? A Case of Civil Disobedience

December 13, 2011

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Over the weekend, tens of thousands of protestors flooded the streets of Moscow and other major Russian cities in response to voting fraud in last Sunday’s parliamentary elections. It was, by far, the largest public protest in Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union over 20 years ago. Aside from protesting the corruption in […]

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