Category Archives: Ethics

Examining A Culture Of Sexual Abuse

Martha Nussbaum, Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago

In Examining A Culture Of Sexual Abuse In Martha Nussbaum’s ‘Citadels Of Pride’, Martha Nussbaum discusses the behavior of Andrew Cuomo, Brett Kavanaugh, and other men who abuse women. The discussion is excellent food for thought and the book excerpt defining objectification is very approachable.

Tucker Carlson Must Go

As the New York Times details, Tucker Carlson echoed the language and ideology of the El Paso and Christchurch shooters in his April 8th FOX News rant about White Replacement. Carlson says Democrats are replacing American white people with “third world” immigrants who will vote for them and disenfranchise whites. The Anti-Defamation League published an open letter calling for Carlson to resign or be fired. The ADL’s open letter details Carlson’s long pattern of broadcasting white supremacist hatred.

The Daily Show spliced together Tucker Carlson’s rant with the El Paso and Christchurch shooter manifestos, making it easy to see that he’s parroting and amplifying murderous white supremacist rhetoric.

Hume’s Combination of Atheism and Virtue

This essay on the 18th century philosopher David Hume illustrates the difficulty 18th century and later Christians had accepting his combination of atheism and virtue. They considered it an offense and challenge to their beliefs. Here in the US, we’re in the early 21st century and dealing with much the same religious fear and intolerance.

My Body Is a Confederate Monument

“I am a black, Southern woman, and of my immediate white male ancestors, all of them were rapists. My very existence is a relic of slavery and Jim Crow.”

brilliant and moving, an excellent response to those who want to preserve Confederate monuments out of some misplaced sense of honor and tradition.

 

America’s Long History of Anti-Immigrant Racism

‘The High Tide of Immigration—A National Menace’; cartoon by Louis Dalrymple from Judge magazine, August 1903

In her review of The Guarded Gate, Sarah Churchwell illustrates the long history of American racists fighting to exclude people of other races. The “undesirable” races have changed repeatedly over time, but the arguments for excluding them have been essentially the same.