Category Archives: PHILOSOPHY

Slouching Toward Palitana: The Case for Ending Animal Slaughter

In 2014, roughly 200 Jain monks engaged in a hunger strike.Their goal: to have the holy city of Palitana, located in the Indian state of Gujarat, declared a “meat-free zone.” A central tenet of Jainism is ahimsa (nonviolence toward all … Continue reading

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The Left: Why It Should Be Saved — Not Abandoned

On February 11, journalist and lifelong liberal Chadwick Moore “came out” in the New York Post — but not as gay (he did that when he was 15). This time, at the age of 33, he came out as a … Continue reading

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OPINION: The Socialist Critique – What It Is and Why We Need It

The “S” Word Americans are dissatisfied with the state of the economy – a topic that is bound to receive considerable attention this election season. In explaining why GDP and wage growth are not what they might be, both parties can … Continue reading

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Justifying Egalitarianism: G.A. Cohen’s Socialist Critique of John Rawls’ Liberalism

In 1999, President Bill Clinton praised the philosopher John Rawls (1921-2002) – who had just received the National Humanities Medal – for his contributions to liberal political thought. Clinton applauded Rawls for having “placed our rights to liberty and justice … Continue reading

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OPINION: Carnism is a Moral Catastrophe, and It Constitutes a Political Emergency

Why I Gave Up Meat I remember the day I decided that I would become a vegetarian. It came while watching the documentary Life in a Day – in particular, the scene in which a cow receives two shots to its skull from … Continue reading

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OPINION: Visit from Pope Francis Reminds Us Why We Need to Outgrow Religion

It may be because I live on the east coast and not too far from the epicenter of his stay, but it appears as though the entire county is thrilled to host the pope on his six-day visit to the … Continue reading

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Luck Egalitarianism: Reconciling Libertarianism and Socialism to Ensure True Equality of Opportunity

Moral Luck, Constitutive Luck Luck plays a tremendous role in our lives. Consider two people who are texting while driving in a residential neighborhood: one such driver, through sheer coincidence, ends up striking a pedestrian, while the other driver passes through without incident. … Continue reading

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