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Jeep Cherokee: Cultural Appropriation or the Cancel Culture Run Amok

Arguments For and Against Jeep Dropping the Name “Cherokee” The question of whether Jeep should change the “Cherokee” name pits the need for cultural sensitivity on one side against honoring and celebrating Native American people on the other. Critics of using the Cherokee name on a car say it doesn’t... Read more →


Intolerance in Society Fueled by the Cancel Culture

Are We Losing Our Humanity? Intolerance in society is being fueled by the cancel culture. The cancel culture is mainly an Internet phenomenon where those offended by the comments of another party become denounced online by those who object to the behavior. It’s one form of a cultural boycott that... Read more →


What are the ethical obligations of a school district and the teachers’ union to its students during the pandemic?

Cancel Culture at Work Again It appears the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education (SFUSD) has plenty of time to vote on changing the names of schools but not enough to ensure that the districts’ schools can open safely. Rather than spend time figuring out the best (safest)... Read more →


What Should Ethics Look Like During the Pandemic?

The Scope of Personal Responsibility It always intrigues me that the discussion of the coronavirus typically focuses on wearing masks because it is the responsible way to act and protect the public. No doubt, this is true. However, it misses out on many points about ethical behavior during the pandemic.... Read more →


Ethical Behavior During Covid-19

Doing Good By Being Good What’s missing from our society today is doing good things for others by being an ethical person. Take wearing a mask in public. This is a sign of a good person who cares about their fellow citizens and wears a mask to protect them. If... Read more →


COVID-19 Has Unmasked Trump's Shortcomings as President

Empathy and Compassion is Not His Thing If there is one conclusion we can draw from our experience with the COVID-19 pandemic it is that in President Trump has little empathy or compassion for others unless they support his position and his words 100%. He does not act in the... Read more →


The Dangers of Posting Critical Comments Online

Venting on Social Media The right to free speech is guaranteed in our Constitution. However, social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and others can limit, control, and censor speech. Federal law does not offer much recourse for social media users who object to whether and how these companies present... Read more →


Diversity of Thought Under Attack by the Cancel Culture

Is it right to do? How can we value diversity in society and in the workplace but not in thought? It would seem counter-intuitive. It does, however, demonstrate the divide in American society. It does illustrate the inability to discuss differences of opinion in a civil manner. It does show... Read more →


The Mask Debate: Personal Accountability

Self-Interested or Self-Destructive Behavior Social Contract Theory The guest blog below on the "mask debate" by AJ Fudge explains her perspective on the idea that we have responsibilities to each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. It emphasizes the social contract theory expressed in its modern form by Thomas Hobbes and... Read more →