Are We All to Blame?

Sunday, November 8, 2020

What Is It

It’s easy to identify the pressing issues facing our world today, but it’s much more difficult to assign responsibility for them. Often the blame is placed on collectives — on entire governments, nations, and societies. But does the responsibility truly all fall to them? How can we identify precisely whose fault it is, for example, that we are experiencing climate change, or that hate crimes occur, or that there is a gender wage gap? Or do we as individuals hold a certain amount of responsibility for such pervasive, systemic issues? Josh and Ray avoiding pointing fingers with Maron Smiley from Brandeis University, author of Moral Responsibility and the Boundaries of Community.

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Sunday, October 4, 2020 -- 2:02 AM

« Après moi le déluge » said

« Après moi le déluge » said Madame de Pompadour to her lover, Louis XV, after his losing the battle of Rossbach. A certain political elite in the US has made it their motto, making statements that benefit them and harm the more vulnerable among us. Take the Senators who were informed of the health crisis to come earlier this year. They stated that COVID wouldn't be disruptive all the while rebalancing their investment portfolios. One example among so many. Why do these Senators believe they are stripped from any responsibility towards their constituents?