The greatest hinderance to the American people has long been the strong and persistent inclination to regard domestic and foreign affairs as separate spheres of concern. In reality, these matters resemble a Venn Diagram — they have distinct challenges and functions, to be sure, but they also overlap on several critical issues. Trade, defense spending, immigration, climate change, and public health all sit firmly in this area of overlap.
Contemporarily, structural disconnection between the local and the global has bred a toxic populism that scapegoats immigrants, delays progress on climate mitigation and adaptation, and exacerbates the COVID-19 pandemic. This is…
Within the next several months, elected officials should add a tenth justice to the Supreme Court. For President Biden, packing the Supreme Court is not under serious consideration. However, the term “court-packing” comes from the 1930s, when President Roosevelt sought to expand the court explicitly in order to fill the new vacancies with justices that would enable his bold legislative agenda. Adding a single justice now would not rise to that level of manipulation. …
Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing sits firmly at the intersection of climate change, food systems, public health, and technology. Curtailing illegitimate fishing is a matter of protecting the marine ecosystems, nutrition security, and economic stability of coastal nations around the world. It is also an international safety imperative, as IUU fishing vessels are associated with transboundary criminal activities such as human, drug, and arms trafficking. Fortunately, there are several promising technological and policy solutions that can help governments, companies, and institutions mitigate IUU fishing’s socioecological damage and pursue the shared rational interest in marine biodiversity conservation.
Just War Theory, pioneered by Saints Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, aims to balance the destructive immorality of war with the hard truth that organized violent conflict is sometimes necessary for the preservation of the greater moral good. Its principles are typically sorted into three categories: jus ad bellum, jus in bello, and jus post bellum. Each category highlights ethical concerns intended to guide nations through conflicts. While this theory can encourage a more civilized system of international affairs, it suffers shortcomings concerning environmental ethics.
“The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth.” — Niels Bohr
On the matter of abortion, it is not wrong to be pro-life, nor is it wrong to be pro-choice. Both positions are based in profound moral truths. Appearing on opposite sides of the debate does not disqualify either stance’s premise.
With this dynamic in mind, it is not the function of our legal system to champion one valid moral view at the expense of another valid moral view. Rather, it is the function of the law…
On the campaign trail, President-elect Biden expressed clear desires to unite a politically divided nation and to prioritize U.S. federal leadership addressing climate change. His incoming administration would do well to remember that unity and effective climate action are not only compatible, but mutually reinforcing. In pursuit of that harmony, it is important to recognize that the most decisive factor in the American perception of present and future climate change may very well be the past.
“History says, don’t hope on this side of the grave, but then, once in a lifetime, the longed-for tidal wave of justice rises up…
What will the social impact of coronavirus be? Historically, pestilence such as this has indeed altered societies. It makes sense, too, that in this destruction there is vast potential for change. Of course, change is not inherently bad but there are certainly both good and bad types of change. It is worrisome that our preexisting issues — populism, racism, pollution, civic disengagement, loneliness, an abusive relationship with digital technology, etc. — might invite more undesirable changes and fewer beneficial ones.
While home for the holidays, I was digging around my family’s garage for our set of Christmas lights. Scanning the dusty concrete room, my eyes fell on several curious items. A deer’s head hangs over the cork wall where we display an assortment of hammers, flat- and Phillips-head screwdrivers, bent nails, and a pair of hedge clippers. The adjacent wall is lined with foldable chairs reserved for when company visits, an 8-foot wooden ladder, a 5-foot metal ladder, and a plastic foot stool. …
it’s the bustling, the huff and puff
plus the sodium exhaustion
colloquialisms buzz buzz
on a hot and humid august afternoon
as the final violent bells turn to chimes in the summer breeze.
stroke of luck, lick the finger,
flip the page.
time is dripping in honey
and suddenly, she’s sitting next to me
nitpicking and ranting, wishing, venting
i listen, enchanted, to the rhythm
of witticisms and the sad sound of a glass shoe.
a windy gust rushes us
and brown grass straws
push each other playfully.
maybe it’s a fallen angel in a dancing mood.
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