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Can the Government Kill its Own Citizens Without Due Process?

In recent months, we have seen several monumental events transpire in the Global War on Terror, as well as the Arab Spring uprising. United States forces have succeeded in killing Osama Bin Laden, and Muammar Gaddhafi has been killed by … Continue reading

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Marginal cases or Marginal citizens?

The animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animas (or PETA for short) has filed a lawsuit claiming that SeaWorld has “enslaved” the killer whales that the park holds for performance. Any claim of slavery brings Shklar’s notion … Continue reading

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Over-Representation?

In reading Thomas Paine’s work Common Sense, one cannot help but see a distinct theme coming together with regard to representation in the colonies (and later the states). Paine clearly desires a large representative body, as well as a unique … Continue reading

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Can We All Just Get Along?: The Best of Rand and Kemmis

In reading the excerpt from Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and John Kemmis’ Barn Raising, there was one crucial issue on which I feel both authors’ views are complementary rather than in opposition. The issue in question is that of communal … Continue reading

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