By: Philippa Girling
The Occupy Wall Street movement was ‘a constructive failure.’ It fizzled out after ‘failing to create the social change that it set out to achieve.’ These are not my words; they are the words of Micah White, one of the co-founders of the Occupy Wall Street movement.[i]
Why did a movement that should have resonated with 99% of the population, lack the support to achieve the changes that it sought? There are few, if any, issues that capture the interests of almost all of society, and yet the movement has faded quietly away.
What went awry? Was there no wrong to be righted? I will argue that that there was indeed a wrong to righted, but that the ethical roots of the social rights message was neither clearly articulated nor delivered and that there was no clear call for action. Without an ethically defensible core, a cry for change falls on infertile ground and eventually will wither and die from lack of nourishment.
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Tagged 1%, 99%, Carnegie Council, Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies, Joseph Stiglitz, Occupy Movement, Occupy Wall Street, President Barack Obama, Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky, Srdja Popovic, Tumblr, Vanity Fair
By: Kayla Giampaolo
On July 16, 1945 at 5:29 a.m., a 30,000 foot mass of smoke rose in New Mexico’s desert: the first atomic bomb had just been successfully tested. At the time, most people were unaware that the course of warfare and ultimately the world was about to change irrevocably. Since that eerie summer morning, nine nations have developed the intelligence to create and possess nuclear weapons (Granoff, 2000, p. 1414). The United States is one of these nuclear superpowers, making the ethical issues associated with these weapons critical and relevant.
Is using a nuclear weapon morally permissible under some circumstances? Is it ethical to implement nuclear deterrence (threatening to use atomic weapons) as a self-defense strategy?
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Tagged atomic weapons, bilateral, bomb, Carnegie Council, deontology, deterrence, disarmament, Expected Utility Principle, international relations, John Stuart Mills, Kayla Giampaolo, M.A. in Ethics and Society, New Mexico, nuclear war, retaliation, Student Voices, uncertainty, United States, utilitarianism, utility
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STUDENT VOICES | 2015 CHYNN PRIZE HONORABLE MENTION
By: Christina Sailer
One of the great miracles of modern medicine is the ability to save a dying patient through organ transplantation. However, there still remains a worldwide shortage of organs and an excess of disadvantaged individuals who believe their salvation is not to receive, but sell one.
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Tagged Bioethics, black market, Chynn Prize, Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism, donor, Health disparities, kidney, medical tourism, Organ donation, organ shortage, organ trafficking, recipient, South East Asia, Student Voices, transplant tourism, United Network for Organ Sharing
By Robert Schmaltz
December 3, 2015, a BBC News headline reads “California Shooting: Just another day in the United States of America, another day of gunfire, panic, and fear.” By all measures this act of violence claiming the lives of at least fourteen persons, maiming over twenty bodies, and shattering the lives of countless others, constitutes another mass shooting spilling blood over the social fabric of these United States.
Posted in Contemporary Ethical Issues, Fordham University Student Voices
Tagged BBC News, California, Ethics, Fordham University Ethics & Society MA, Gun Control, gun violence, Human dignity, humanity, Kant, massacre, Robert Schmaltz, San Bernadino, shooting, Ted Alcorn, U.S.
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By: Michael S. Dauber
“In order to study blood-spatter patterns, a group of researchers in New Zealand strapped pigs to a surgical table and shot them in the head. Some of these animals were alive. Nasty, for sure, but apparently humane. The study has been justified by the government-funded Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), one of the collaborators, because if translatable to humans, the findings might have use in solving crimes involving gunshot wounds.”
Research ethics has been a hot subject in recent years, especially when it relates to experiments involving harm towards animals. Many object to the practice entirely, citing the fact that they believe killing is always wrong, the notion that our treatment of non-human animal subjects is speciesist (meaning discrimination based on species), and that it is wrong to use animals for experiments that have no way to consent to research participation.
Posted in Bioethics, Fordham University Student Voices
Tagged Animal research, criminology, Fordham University, Just War Theory, New Zealand, Permissible research, pigs, Research Ethics, Student Voices, Thomas Aquinas