Identity, Truth, and Stoicism in the Face of Crumbling Norms of Civil Discourse

Introduction Yo. Check it. You can’t have a functioning democracy without at least two things: a concern for truth and civil discourse. Although perhaps too obvious to state, democracy requires citizens have a concern for truth. Without it, policy will be ineffective at best. Y’see, in (many conceptions) of democracy, policy represents, to some degree, […]

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Freedum Vs Freedom: What’s the Difference and Why Should We Care? USA! USA! Edition

IntroductionFreedom. No single word is found more often on the lips of the American politician. It is ‘Murika’s rallying cry. But what does it mean? And, once we’ve settled on a meaning, what sorts of actions does that value commit us to? As everyone knows, 99% of philosophy consists in asking, “Ah, ha! But what do […]

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A Problem for Libertarianism

The JargonLets get it out the way, shall we?Negative rights place obligations on others to abstain from doing something.  The most common example of a negative right is freedom of speech. My (negative) right to freedom of speech places an obligation on others (in most cases, the guvamint) to abstain from restricting my speech.Positive rights place […]

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