On the Morality of: Cloning (December 28, 2007)
Reproductive cloning solves no pressing problem, but therapeutic cloning very well may.
On the Morality of: Recreational Drug Use (February 29, 2008)
The “war on drugs” is wasteful, counterproductive and an offense to freedom. There is no rational reason to prevent mature adults from using euphoriant substances.
On the Morality of: Abortion (April 28, 2008)
Moral personhood comes from the ability for conscious thought. Thus, a fetus whose brain has not developed sufficiently to make conscious thought possible is not a person, and no harm is done by aborting it.
On the Morality of: Patriotism (January 12, 2009)
Patriotism can become destructive tribalism when carried to excess, but it has also brought about some of humanity’s most potent calls for reform and revolution.
On the Morality of: Military Spending (July 28, 2009)
The staggering amounts of money spent by the U.S. government on funding the military-industrial complex could be used far more profitably in other areas.
On the Morality of: Polyamory (November 16, 2009)
Although the state should not intervene in consenting adults’ private relationships, the legal benefits granted to monogamous couples would be much more difficult to extend to more complex partnerships.
On the Morality of: Circumcision (July 6, 2011)
There’s no ethical justification for parents surgically removing healthy, functional tissue from their babies to make their appearance comply with cultural norms.