02. A Hoodwink and a Nudge?

Over the past decade, “nudge marketing” has become a widely practiced technique to shape consumer choice. Many companies are now employing strategies to subconsciously influence how and where customers spend money. Nudges can take the form of default settings, such Read More »


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04. Banning Religious Garb

There has been a long history, across multiple countries, of banning religious garb in certain contexts in the name of secularism. For example, Pennsylvania’s Religious Garb Act, which was originally passed in 1895 and renewed in 1949, prohibits public school Read More »


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05. Family and Politics

Rachel is a passionate supporter of one of the two main political parties in the U.S. Unfortunately for Rachel, the majority of her immediate and extended family support the opposing political party. Furthermore, her family is part of an extremist Read More »


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06. Public and Private Charity

The United States maintains five major entitlement programs including Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Unemployment, and 13 additional Welfare programs. 1 These Welfare programs include such initiatives as SNAP, Pell Grants, Head Start, WIC, TANF, Housing Assistance, and Job Training Programs. Read More »


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08. Tobacco 21

Recently the Institute of Medicine released a report evaluating the public health impact of changing the age at which citizens can purchase tobacco. 1 The report found that raising the age to 21 would have many health benefits. It would Read More »


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10. Armed Police

Lately many people have been paying attention to the use of lethal force by police. Many people think that police violence is excessive, and studies show that it disproportionately affects Black people. 1 As a result, police departments across the Read More »


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12. White Privilege

Seattle rapper Ben Haggerty, aka Macklemore, is a popular white rapper. In his 2005 song “White Privilege,” he raps about how being white is an advantage in the music industry. In 2016, Macklemore collaborated with Chicago singer Jamila Woods to Read More »


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14. Donor Babies

Marissa Alaya was born on April 3, 1990 to the Alaya family, which included two parents, a brother, Airon, age 20, and a sister, Anissa, age 19, who was dying of leukemia. This kind of cancer kills 80-90% of patients Read More »


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15. Online Privacy

In the last several years, the United States Congress has proposed various laws to combat cyber threats, all of which have raised controversial questions regarding online privacy. One, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, is a proposed Read More »


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16. Moral Offsetting

John is aware that many of the things that he does in everyday life contribute to harmful practices. When he eats factory farmed meat, dairy, and eggs, he participates in an industrial agricultural system that causes a great deal of Read More »


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