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“Racial injustice is systemic, so no one, and especially not property owners, can claim to be an innocent party. These persons benefit from a racist system, so burning their property is a direct action against culpable persons.” This reply is unconvincing. It justifies any act of violence against anyone who happens to live in a community saddled with the social …

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Justin Tosi and Brandon Warmke, Grandstanding p. 5: …many people don’t see the downside of abusing moral talk. They act as if moral talk is always admirable (at least when their side does it). For these people, moral talk is magic. Invoking sacred words–justice, dignity, rights, equality, or honor, tradition, faith, and family–magically transforms your nasty, abusive, selfish behavior into …

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Academics are now rightfully confronting the bigotry and racism that pervades the history of philosophy. However, one philosopher is conspicuously absent from many of these accounts (including each one linked above): Karl Marx. … The comparative infrequency with which philosophers grapple with Marx’s bigotry is startling. (I’ll note in passing that the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy’s entry on Marx and …

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The current state of discourse [in America] resembles a litigious battle where the only goal is victory. No quarter is given and no concession is made, since to do so would move the dialectic towards the kind of discussion in which ideas are presented, explored, and accepted or rejected based on their evidentiary support. The arguments taking place on online …

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The national media might have “moved on” from the riots in Minneapolis, but residents have nowhere to go. Much of the Twin Cities is still in ruins. Boarded-up storefronts still display makeshift notices that read “black owned” or “minority owned” to ward off further destruction. Many locals are reluctant to speak on the record, but some are eager to do …

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Overall, the cost-benefit analysis found that total costs in lost wages outweigh benefits measured in risk of death reduction by a factor of 14 to 1. The paper also touches on distributional impacts since further school closings would amount to a relatively small cost exacted on a large number of school-age children in exchange for a large benefit for a …

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So what is Black Lives Matter really about? Many conservatives insist Black Lives Matter is a Marxist, anti-police, radical organization that wants to tear down America. Meanwhile, most liberals simply view Black Lives Matter as a heroic movement and powerful slogan signaling support for racial justice and opposition to police brutality. Both are right. There is Black Lives Matter™️, and there is …

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…we can describe fundamental right-wing beliefs as follows: There is an essential meaning to human life and so there are virtues to realise that meaningful life. However, we naturally tend to fall short, entropically, from realising those virtues and ends of life. We, therefore, need ordering principles, customs, cultural institutions etc. to curb degeneration. Source: Rik Storey, How to Define …

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We must transform how antiracism work is carried out. An important first step is to actually listen to the people one is advocating for about their priorities and concerns, rather than simply assuming one can infer others’ interests or preferences from their demographic backgrounds, or selectively elevating (often non-representative) spokespeople who say what one wants to hear. History the U.S. and abroad is replete with examples of grievous harm caused by …

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How, then, might one live an authentically anti-racist life? In my view, the crucial first step is to renounce the scapegoat mechanism, which has been an important driver of white identity politics and of white radicalization. This requires serious self-reflection and the development of habits that make for peace. That is, it requires the cultivation of virtue. Musa al-Gharbi argues …

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