Category Archive: Philosophy

  1. Charity vs. Taxation – What is the Difference? [Extended Cut]

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    What is the difference between paying a tax and donating to a charity? Many Americans support charities ranging from the American Red Cross to PETA, but is it moral to make others donate to a charity of your choice?

    Rob Gressis, a professor of philosophy, went on campus at California State University – Northridge, to ask students two questions on philosophy:
    Is it moral to force others to give to the cause of your choice?
    Is it moral for the government to force others to give to the cause of your choice?

    Do you think it is ethical for individuals or the government to force you to donate to a charity? Watch the video and let us know your thoughts on the relationship between free will, philanthropy, and taxes in the comments.

  2. Charity vs. Taxation – What is the Difference?

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    What is the difference between paying a tax and donating to a charity? Many Americans support charities ranging from the American Red Cross to PETA, but is it moral to make others donate to a charity of your choice?

    Rob Gressis, a professor of philosophy, went on campus at California State University – Northridge, to ask students two questions on philosophy:
    Is it moral to force others to give to the cause of your choice?
    Is it moral for the government to force others to give to the cause of your choice?
    Do you think it is ethical for individuals or the government to force you to donate to a charity? Watch the video and let us know your thoughts on the relationship between free will, philanthropy, and taxes in the comments below.

    Interested in seeing more of Prof. Gressis? Check out the extended version here: [link to the extended version]

  3. Freedom of Speech: How Is Offensive Speech Good For Society?

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    The First Amendment protects the freedom of speech and has been upheld by the Supreme Court more than once. But with occurrences like Charlies Hebdo and other incidents of racist, obscene, and hateful speech occurring, should this protection still apply? As Professor Tom Bell explains, it was unfavorable speech that not only allowed individuals to protest Jim Crow laws and neo Nazis and to fight for unpopular causes like the abolition of slavery or gay rights. In order for society to progress, hateful and offensive speech should not be censored. Freedom of expression must be protected.