Why Indiana’s Recent Anti-Abortion Law Should Be Struck Down

UPDATE: A few days after I posted this a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction for the law after considering arguments against it by Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. Some of the arguments are parallel to mine, although the explicit reference to privacy isn't there. Planned Parenthood also addressed parts of the law I didn't. See the … Continue reading Why Indiana’s Recent Anti-Abortion Law Should Be Struck Down

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The Ethics of Drug Policy

I'm reading through Jonathan Wolff's Ethics and Public Policy: A Philosophical Inquiry, which is a book of applied ethics/political theory. I'm becoming increasingly interested in this sort of applied theory... Anyway, it's a good book, and it seems to me the need for such thinking is vital. Here I want to engage it on the topic of drug … Continue reading The Ethics of Drug Policy

More on Problems with Liberal Neutrality: RFRA, LGBT Rights, and the Freedom of Religion

UPDATE: Two conservative groups have just filed a lawsuit against civil rights protections for sexual orientation and gender identity, essentially asking the courts to decide between the right to religious freedom and the right to be served by a business. The suit claims the right to religious freedom is more fundamental. The efficacy of the … Continue reading More on Problems with Liberal Neutrality: RFRA, LGBT Rights, and the Freedom of Religion

George Will and the Problem with Economic Inequality

George Will wrote a recent piece for the Washington Post about inequality and the Sanders campaign. In it he claims that "the fundamental producer of inequality is freedom." Arguing this allows him to make the argument that the public outcry against current inequality levels is often just a matter of envy. Then, referring to Harry Frankfurt, Will claims … Continue reading George Will and the Problem with Economic Inequality

Daraprim and the Morality of Healthcare Markets

The recent story about Turing Pharmaceuticals purchasing the rights to Daraprim - a uniquely effective drug for a particular parasitic infection that is especially important for people with compromised immune systems (i.e. those with diseases like AIDS) - and raising the cost from $13.50 to $750 per pill is illustrative of, as Michael Sandel would say, … Continue reading Daraprim and the Morality of Healthcare Markets

On the Legality of Prostitution

The legality of prostitution is of course a common ethical and policy quandary. The difficulty here lies not only in developing a moral perspective on the issue, but also in reasoning the appropriate legal status of the practice. Here are the arguments as they seem to me: 1.) The classically liberal argument I've heard for legalization is made along the lines … Continue reading On the Legality of Prostitution