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In Defense of Obstruction and Delay

In March of 2013, Americans were reminded of a little used, but of late oft-threatened, quirk of political procedure in the American Senate. Rand Paul (R-KY) reached into his senators’ toolkit and pulled out the filibuster. He spoke for over … Continue reading

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Morality, Soft Power, and a 21st Century American Foreign Relations Principle

Barack Obama’s second inaugural address, delivered on Monday January 21st 2013, included the following lines: We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law. We will show the courage to try and … Continue reading

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A Moral Duty to Use UAVs

Disclaimer: Because I can only write with some measure of authority from the perspective of ethics and critical reasoning – my background is in philosophy generally and ethics in particular – I am setting aside issues related to national and … Continue reading

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Depression and Idealism

[I usually like to take an instance of scholarly work and apply it to a practical, real-life issue. I’ve set aside that rule in this post to offer a general cultural criticism to a pertinent and immediate issue in the … Continue reading

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