Do Face Mask Rules Really Violate Personal Liberty?

Do Face Mask Rules Really Violate Personal Liberty?

Several hundred people assembled in London’s Hyde Park in July 2020 to protest rules making face masks mandatory in shops and supermarkets to help control the spread of COVID-19.

Should Veganism Receive The Same Legal Protection As A Religion?

Should Veganism Receive The Same Legal Protection As A Religion?

Veganism is on the rise globally – but it can be contentious. Only recently, the editor of a food magazine joked that vegans should be force-fed meat while a bank employee told a vegan customer that they should be punched after he objected to some vegan graffiti near his home.

Why Children Deserve Leniency In Law

why children deserve leniency in lawShould being under 18 give youth a discount on the price to pay for their crimes? As a matter of conscience, it should – even kids such as Cunningham deserve a break. In fact, in every mature legal system, age matters

What Should Human Rights In The Future Look Like?

What Should Human Rights In The Future Look Like?Since the mid-20th century many have grown used to the idea of having human rights and how these can be used when those people feel they are being threatened. 

How The Government Can Steal Your Stuff

How The Government Can Steal Your StuffShould someone wearing a badge have the power to relieve a suspected drug dealer of his Maserati on the spot without giving him an opportunity to flee or liquidate and launder his assets? Known as civil asset forfeiture, this practice might sound like a wise policy.

How DACA Affected The Mental Health Of Undocumented Young Adults

How DACA Affected The Mental Health Of Undocumented Young AdultsWith President Donald Trump’s reversal of an Obama-era executive order known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Leticia’s worst fears seem to be coming true. 

Body Cameras Show Police Are Politer To White Drivers

Body Cameras Show Police Are Politer To White DriversPolice officers consistently use less respectful language with black community members than with white community members, the first systematic analysis of body camera footage shows.

It's Time To Shine A Light On The Algorithms That Power Big Brother

Sorting by algorithms puts us in boxes. How do we know they’re the correct ones? generated, CC BYSociety seems set on a course to a point where our lives are subject to the scrutiny of computer algorithms. The data we generate is pored over and analysed, whether by governments for national security or companies for profit, and this is unlikely to change – the power and appeal of data analysis, once found, will not be given up easily.

Prisoner Run Coop Slashes Recidivism Rate By Over 80% In Puerto Rico

Prisoner Run Coop Slashes Recidivism Rate By Over 80% In Puerto RicoIt's no secret that the United States prison system is a failure. Dismal statistics abound about the growing prison population. Despite having only 5 percent of the world's population, the United States incarcerates a quarter of the world's prisoners, according to the Economist.

Why Do American Cops Kill So Many Compared To European Cops?

Why Do American Cops Kill So Many Compared To European Cops?Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first degree murder November 24 in the death of Laquan McDonald. A video released by police shows Van Dyke shooting the teenager 16 times.

It's Traditional Detective Work That Will Keep Us Safe, Not Mass Surveillance

It's Traditional Detective Work That Will Keep Us Safe, Not Mass SurveillanceBefore the dust has even settled from the attacks on Paris, familiar calls for greater surveillance powers are surfacing. The desire for greater security is understandable, but that doesn’t mean we should suspend our judgement on the measures proposed to bring it about.

Why Are So Many People In U.S. Prisons?

Why Are So Many People In U.S. Prisons?In recent years, an increasingly bipartisan consensus around prison reform has begun to take shape, uniting policymakers in Congress who are typically on opposite sides of law-and-order issues

How Much Government Surveillance Will Americans Accept?

spy camerasThe expiration of key provisions of the US Patriot Act – and the passage of the USA Freedom Act – has renewed interest in the trade-offs between civil liberties and security. To what extent are American citizens willing to concede their civil liberties to the government in order to feel safe and secure from terrorism?

Why Black America Fears the Police

Yes, Black America Fears the Police. Here's WhyLast July 4, my family and I went to Long Island to celebrate the holiday with a friend and her family. After eating some barbecue, a group of us decided to take a walk along the ocean. The mood on the beach that day was festive. Giggling children chased each other along the boardwalk...

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