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Unmanned Aircraft Systems: The Moral and Legal Case

January 01, 2010

The substantial increase in the employment of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other arenas has intensified the debate about the moral and legal nature of the targeted killing of people who are said to be civilians. 

Bottom-Up Nation Building

December 31, 2009

The tired debate between those who believe in nation-building and those who scoff at it glosses over a major difference between top-down and bottom-up society-building. The starting point for a bottom-up approach is the communitarian recognition that societies — even modern, so-called “mass” societies — are not composed of just millions upon millions of individual citizens.

Behavioral Economics: A Methodological Note

October 06, 2009

When a theory faces a set of facts that are not compatible with its key assumptions, there are several ways it might respond. In response to the challenge posed by behavioral economics, neoclassical economics has attempted numerous different approaches. After briefly reviewing these responses, this paper turns to argue in favor of one of them.

Strength in Numbers

September 01, 2009

Communities can shape our identity as individuals and strengthen adherence to social norms – but how compatible are community values with universal rights? Amitai Etzioni explores this basic duality.

Zero is the Wrong Number

September 01, 2009

President Barack Obama has so far made only one strategic mistake, but it is a major one. It concerns the greatest security threat to the United States, other free nations, and world peace--nuclear arms in the hands of terrorists, as well as rogues and falling regimes. 

Samson’s Children

August 29, 2009

Israel makes me stay up nights. There are too many people who “know” that Iran will not build a bomb (“they said so, repeatedly!”); that if it does build one—Iran is not going to drop it on Tel Aviv (“they are not crazy”); that Iran is merely clamoring for attention (“you know, they have long been ignored and humiliated”).

Eine florierende Gesellschaft

August 29, 2009

Die Basis dieser Pyramide bilden die korperlichen Grundbedurfniasse. 

Hey Big Spenders

August 27, 2009

In an article in May, The Economist praised France for resisting the worst effects of the global economic crisis. France and Germany appear to have fared well in comparison with Britan and the US.

The Common Good Rights, Dutch

August 11, 2009

Veel filosofen geven de voorkeur aan gedachtestelsels die zich concentreren op een kernwaarde. 

Algemeen belang cruciaal voor publieke moraal

August 10, 2009

De morele waarde van mensenrechten en virjbeld is zo belangrijk voor wertenschappers,

Is Transparency the Best Disinfectant?

July 17, 2009

Transparency is a highly regarded value, a precept used for ideological purposes, and a subject of academic study. The following critical analysis attempts to show that transparency is overvalued.

Spent: America after consumerism

June 17, 2009

Much of the debate over how to address the economic crisis has focused on a single word: regulation 

Tomorrow's Institution Today

June 14, 2009

By early December 2002, the U.S government knew that an unflagged ship, the So San, was transporting ballistic missiles and missile components from North Korea to the Middle East. 

Netanyahu turned Palestinian statehood into bargaining chip

June 12, 2009

If Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had walked out of the White House on May 18 and announced that he accepted President Barack Obama's demands to freeze all settlement construction, he would mere

A Crisis of Consumerism

June 01, 2009

With the economic crisis currently at its peak, the time is ripe for a moral conversation on what defines a good society. Is a society governed by consumerism desirable? Can material objects be used to express affection and to seek self-esteem? How can self-actualization best be realized?