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What elements make up our idea of justice?

In classical liberalism, justice leaves society better off by providing a chance for a better life.

  • How can we ensure people get what they are due, in terms of justice?
  • Philosophy professor at University of Arizona, David Schmidtz says the answer to this question needs context. Who is the person we're referring to, and to what are we responding?
  • Some elements of justice include equality, returning favors, and the right to air grievances.
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  • Prejudice is typically perpetrated against 'the other', i.e. a group outside our own.
  • But ageism is prejudice against ourselves — at least, the people we will (hopefully!) become.
  • Different generations needs to cooperate now more than ever to solve global problems.


Excessive police fines substantially decrease public safety, study reveals

Handing out tickets might be distracting police departments from working on more serious crimes.

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  • Recent research uncovered that the more a city's police department collects fines and fees, the less effective they are at solving crimes.
  • In cities where violent crimes are not solved, trust in the police goes down. As a result, citizens report fewer crimes to the police, causing a vicious cycle.
  • To address this, cities need to focus less on fining those who break minor laws and focus more on violent/property crimes.
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Why rape cases should not be subject to reasonable doubt

Is it better to have the harm of 100 sexual assaults than the harm of one false conviction?

US film producer Harvey Weinstein poses during a photocall at the 70th Cannes Film Festival on May 23, 2017. (Photo: YANN COATSALIOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Conviction rates for sexual assault against women are shockingly low, to the extent that, even in a developed nation such as the United Kingdom, only 6 per cent of rape allegations result in a conviction, a far lower rate than for any other violent crime. As The Guardian columnist Julia Bindel puts it, ‘rape might as well be legal’.

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Protests break out in Charlotte, North Carolina, after fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by a police officer (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Imagine a world in which all the babies born each day were randomly redistributed among the biological parents. The infant assigned to any given set of parents could be white, black, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, or any combination thereof (and that’s just the US); the baby could be perfectly healthy or grossly deformed. Parents would know only that their child was not their biological child. Let us call this social mixing.

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