Monthly Archives: February 2015

The Case of the Speluncean Explorers

The most difficult part about this case is the facts that were not presented in the story. How was Mr. Whetmore murdered? On what day did the crime take place? Did any of the defendants become ill from eating human … Continue reading

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Scalia’s Sassiness and Sarcasm: Hilarious or Inappropriate?

Antonin Scalia is undoubtedly the most charismatic and infamous justice on the Supreme Court today. He is outlandish, abrasive, but still at times very succinct with his views of statutory interpretation. He’s the kind of character that you wouldn’t expect to … Continue reading

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Comparing Cannibalism and War Crimes: A New Take on “The Case of the Speluncean Explorers”

In Law and the Political Order last Monday, it was suggested that Lon L. Fuller’s fictional “Case of the Speluncean Explorers” could be rewritten to apply to defense operations in America today. The more I considered it, the more I … Continue reading

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Which justice do you agree with?

The case of the Speluncean Explorers is one that has captivated readers for decades. In it, a group of cave explorers are trapped following a cave-in and face the risk of death from starvation. The case examines how the rescued … Continue reading

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Thomas Paine’s Effect on American Ideals and Government

“Common Sense” by Thomas Paine was written to start the American Revolution, but how much has it shaped the country over the past two hundred years? One of the first things Paine says is, “Society is produced by our wants, … Continue reading

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Classical Liberalism and Civic Republicanism in the Time of Anti-Vaccinationism

In the summer of 1764, Ethan Allen and Dr. Thomas Young performed a revolutionary act in the center of Salisbury, Connecticut [1]. Allen had volunteered himself for a primitive form of inoculation against smallpox and the two of them made … Continue reading

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It Starts with Us

I will be honest with you, I struggled with creating a post for, Common Sense. I apologize for such a late post as well. I did not face difficulty with reading or interpreting the message Thomas Paine is discussing within … Continue reading

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Blurred Lines

Have you ever noticed how something someone else said might not bother you but will agitate someone else? For instance, a person walking down the road dropping her new iPhone 6 to the ground exclaiming “Oh my God!” may in … Continue reading

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The Revolutionary Legacy of Thomas Paine & Those Who Would Distort It

Thomas Paine was the definer of an American identity when the American people thought of themselves not as Americans, but as Virginians, New Yorkers, Rhode Islanders, Carolinians, and so on. He argued the case for the separation of the American … Continue reading

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The Constitution of the United States created three branches of government with the intention to bring about separation of power or checks and balances. The Executive branch is responsible for implementing and enforcing the laws. Congress is power by our … Continue reading

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